Carlos is one of the co-founders of Cooperation Texas. Beginning as a volunteer, he helped develop the organization from the ground up. Originally from Miami, Fl, Carlos received his BA in History from Florida State University (FSU), where he began his interest in democratic business management by helping establish FSU’s first collectively-run monthly magazine. In 2006 he moved to Austin, TX and became a member of Monkey Wrench Books, an all-volunteer, collectively-run bookstore and member of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC). Carlos has extensive experience in meeting facilitation, democratic decision-making, strategic communications, conflict resolution, and worker self-management. Over the years he has facilitated trainings at the NASCO Institute, the Democracy At Work Network, and the National Worker Cooperative Conference of the USFWC. During his time in Austin, Carlos has served as a member of the Student/Farmworker Alliance, an organizer with the Workers Defense Project, and a co-founder of Refugio, a community organizing training center for low-income communities of color. Committed to combating social and economic inequality, Carlos also serves on the Board of Directors for United for a Fair Economy. He holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and has written on cooperatives, labor, and immigration for the Austin-American Statesmen, Dollars & Sense, YES!, and Z Magazine.