Julie Schneyer

Julie Schneyer

Co-Coordinator, Center for Participatory Change

Julie Schneyer has called Asheville home for four years, after having lived in the Northeast all her life. She was introduced to Popular Education theory and methodology while working on criminal justice reform campaigns in New York City, and has been hooked on horizontal, transformational group process ever since.

As a worker-owner at Firestorm Cafe & Books in Asheville, Julie gained first-hand experience with being part of a coop, became acquainted with formalized consensus process, and was particularly drawn to aspects of worker-ownership that concerned governance, decision-making and creating a common vision for the coop’s future. Julie left Firestorm after assisting with the coop’s successful transition to a new location and business model, and joined the amazing staff of the Center for Participatory Change, where she serves as co-coordinator of the Cooperative Economics and Popular Education Circles. At CPC, Julie is grateful to be deepening her knowledge of group processes aimed at collective liberation and healing.

Julie holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Barnard College, and in her spare time, enjoys hiking, cooking, playing games with friends, and thinking about prison abolition.