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ABOUT US

Locally led. Regionally coordinated. Cooperatively owned.

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund is a 56-year-old regional cooperative and rural economic development organization serving a membership of Black farmers, landowners, cooperatives, and other low-income rural people in the South with coop development, land retention, and advocacy.

The Federation was born out of the Civil Rights movement and exists to save Black-owned farms and land. 

The Federation was born out of the Civil Rights movement and exists to save Black-owned farms and land. 

 

We strive toward the development of self-supporting communities with programs that increase income and enhance other opportunities; and we strive to assist in land retention and development, especially for African Americans, but essentially for all family farmers. 

 

Our charter is held in Washington, DC, and we assist members in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Meet Our Team

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF• ATLANTA, GA

Cornelius Blanding  Executive Director

Chawnn Redden  Regional Marketing Coordinator

Dania Davy  Director of Land Retention & Advocacy

Eboni Thomas  Executive Assistant

Erika Shealey  Administrative Assistant

Floran Syler-Woods  Director of Finance

Gordon Drennan  Internal Auditor

Lauri Blackmon  Accounts Payables Specialist

Lauriel Stewart  Communications Outreach Specialist

Marc Micheal  Financial Literacy Coordinator

Shaday Towns  Membership Outreach Specialist

Sha'Von Terrell  Regional Outreach Specialist

Tandelyn Daniel  Director of Communications & Member Relations

Terence Courtney  Director of Cooperative Development & Strategic Partnerships

GEORGIA STATE OFFICE • ALBANY, GA

Cornelius Key  State Coordinator

Britannica Peterson  Outreach Specialist

Brittany Meyers   Administrative Assistant

James Jackson  Forestry Outreach Specialist

Karen Timmons  Field Accountant

Lisa Broadway  Outreach Specialist

Marquis Harris  Outreach Specialist

​Precious Lunsford  Land Tenure Outreach Specialist

Roderick Collins  Co-op Specialist

RURAL TRAINING & RESEARCH CENTER • EPES, AL

Freddie Davis III   Director- RTRC

Angela Hines  Administrative Assistant

Audrey Haskins  Senior Outreach Specialist

Cassandra Hawkins  Field Accountant

Darren Beachem  Alabama State Coordinator

Eshe Armah Program Coordinator

Ethel Giles Outreach Specialist

Fredricka Mitchell  Outreach Specialist

Jock Webb  Demonstration Farm Manager

Tia Parker  Outreach Specialist

Will Muhammad  Building & Grounds Manager

FLORIDA STATE OFFICE

Eric Hilton  Legal Fellow

LOUISIANA STATE OFFICE

Bruce Harrell  State Coordinator

Akila Fontenot   Outreach Specialist

Ebony Woodruff  Land Retention Attorney

MISSISSIPPI STATE OFFICE • JACKSON, MS

Ben Burkett  State Coordinator

Ashton Norwood  Outreach Specialist 

Corey Bacon  Outreach Forester

Darnella Winston  Project Director 

Emary Smith  Outreach Specialist 

Joe Barnes  Outreach Specialist

Lytanya Brown  Land Retention Specialist

Maya Crooks  Outreach Specialist

Raphael Dent  Field Accountant

SOUTH CAROLINA

Julius Fernandez  Outreach Specialist

Lisa Thomas  Outreach Specialist

TEXAS

Brandon Smith  Outreach Coordinator

Cameryn Edwards  Outreach Specialist

Mario Rodriguez  Outreach Specialist

Tamara Veal  Legal Fellow

Veronica Briceno  Outreach Specialist

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SHIRLEY BLAKELY
Board President     MISSISSIPPI 

Board of Directors

President

Board of Directors

Shirley Blakely

MISSISSIPPI

Vice-President

Board of Directors

Daniel Bustamante

TEXAS

 

Treasurer

Board of Directors

Carrie Fulghum

ALABAMA

 

Secretary

Board of Directors

Satina James

GEORGIA

Board of Directors

Helen Fields

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

Raymond Olds

Board of Directors

FLORIDA

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CORNELIUS BLANDING
Executive Director      
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TERENCE COURTNEY
Director of Cooperative Development & Strategic Initiatives                  
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DANIA DAVY
Directr of Land Retention & Advocacy                    
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TANDELYN DANIEL
Director of Communications & Member Relations       
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FLORAN SYLER-WOODS
Directr of Finance    
                                           

Leadership Team

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FREDDIE DAVIS
Director Rural Training &
Research Center 
           
   
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DARREN BEACHEM
State Coordinator      ALABAMA 
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CORNELIUS KEY
State Coordinator      GEORGIA 
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BRUCE HARRELL
State Coordinator     LOUISIANA
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BEN BURKETT
State Coordinator    
                                MISSISSISSIPPI
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