Employment and Jobs

How Federal Agencies Are Supporting Employee Ownership

April 2, 2024  • Economic Opportunities Program


Agencies across the US government are engaged in supporting employee ownership. And in recent years, this engagement has grown as new laws such as the WORK Act, the Main Street Employee Ownership Act, and other pieces of legislation have passed. In this discussion, we’ll hear from a variety of agencies about the strategies and programs they are implementing, the lessons they are learning, and how stakeholders around the country can partner with them to expand ownership in their communities.

  • Lisa Gomez, Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security Administration, US Department of Labor
  • Alex Jacquez, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Development and Industrial Strategy, National Economic Council, The White House
  • David Brown, Director of Policy, Office of the Administrator, US Small Business Administration
  • Leroy Garcia, Chief of Staff, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, US Department of Agriculture
  • Maureen Conway, Vice President, The Aspen Institute; Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program (moderator)

This video comes from the second Employee Ownership Ideas Forum, hosted by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and the Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. Our 2024 Forum, “Employee Ownership on the Ground,” brought innovative employee share ownership initiatives and speakers from around the country to Washington DC to highlight how this bipartisan approach to improving jobs, wealth creation, and business performance is helping create more equitable economies in states, cities, and rural communities.

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