Jim Jones has worked professionally with cooperatives since 1971. His specialty areas are housing cooperative development and management, accounting and cooperative education. He is in the national Cooperative Hall of Fame for his lifetime of work with student cooperatives and educational programs, including the Emerging Co-op Leaders Program, held in Washington from 2007 to 2010. He is in the Hall of Fame of the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) as a “Founder,” for his work in starting the MSU Student Housing Cooperative and several other groups.
Nationally, Jim twice Executive Director of NASCO (North American Students of Cooperation) in1982-84 and 2003-06, General Manager of NASCO Properties, a national title holding company for cooperatives (1999-2003), and Executive Director for NASCO Development Services (2006-10). He served on their boards before his work as staff. He has also served on the boards of the National Cooperative Business Association, the University of Michigan Credit Union, Wheatsville Food Co-op and the Michigan Farmers Union Foundation.
Since 2010, Jim has produced a documentary film and written a book on the cooperative community in Austin; helped start the first housing co-op in Grand Rapids, Michigan; re-started the Society of Equitable Pioneers (a regional co-op think-tank); and worked on several projects through the Collective Seeds Consulting Cooperative.