Alumni Entrepreneurs

Diane Gasaway, 2007


Northwest Cooperative Development Center

Type of Business


Description of Business or Organization

NWCDC works with co-ops in Washington, Idaho, Hawaii, and Oregon. Our work is supported by donations and grants that leverage local resources. NWCDC provides technical assistance to help build organizational capacity for a wide range of cooperatives, from agriculture to preschool; from home care to grocers; from financial services to renewable energy. Founded in 1979, NWCDC has grown into the Northwest's leading provider of co-op business development services. We have a long history of working with community, government and economic development agencies; as well as established cooperatives. These collaborations maximize resources, skills, and resources.

Contact Information

1063 South Capitol Way
Olympia, WA

How did Evergreen prepare you for your professional life?

When I became executive director in 2003 NWCDC was subcontracting for most of the technical assistance provided to client co-ops. The MPA program gave me, and subsequently the NWCDC staff, the tools we needed to build our internal capacity. Today we provide approximately 90% of the technical assistance in-house.