Co-op Voices

The voices of America’s Electric Cooperatives are amplified by our leaders.

Meet a few of these leaders, and see what they have to say about the power of advocacy.

Yajaira Bess

Public Relations & Grassroots Specialist, Berkeley Electric Cooperative, SC

A powerful grassroots movement is heard and felt when we stand united, letting our voices be heard at the congressional, state and local elections. The members are the foundation of the cooperatives. By informing our member-owners about the important issues of the communities and cooperatives, positive change is made through member engagement!”

Roger Nelson

Director/Treasurer, Hood River Electric Cooperative

When an 8th grade retired science teacher can get elected to an electric co-op board and then represent them on the ORECA board, ‘that’s Grassroots.””

David Spradlin

CEO of Springer Electric Cooperative, Springer, NM

It’s important that elected officials – at all levels of government – understand the unique and complex issues that co-op consumer-members and their communities face. Staying engaged through regular contact with our legislators will help achieve this goal. Educating our directors, employees and consumer-members on these issues is vital in order to educate our legislators. I encourage everyone to be involved politically and have their voice heard.”

Stephanie Okuniewski

Public Affairs and Member Services Specialist, Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association

As a cooperative, the member community is first and foremost. We advocate on the behalf of members, encourage them to identify themselves as cooperative members when they have the opportunity, and urge them to have their voices heard through the voting process. Together, we work to strengthen the foundation the cooperative is built upon.”