Me’Lea Connelly

Me’Lea is the president and founder of Cooperative Paradigm, a cooperative education, development, and integration organization. She is the founder and former Executive Director of the Association for Black Economic Power, a community development financial services non-profit, and the former Lead Developer for Village Financial Cooperative Credit Union. Both organizations grew out of the economic resistance movement Blexit, which she founded in 2016.

Me’Lea was a 2018 Bush Fellow and currently serves on the board of Shared Capital Cooperative and Twin Cities Cooperative Partners. She is completing an MBA in 2020 at Saint Mary’s University.