what we stand for
The C.O.O.K. Alliance is a completely volunteer-run advocacy coalition focused on legalizing home cooked food sales. We are committed to representing a diverse set of stakeholders in this work, especially those who have been historically underrepresented in food and labor policy decisions. Our two core principles are very simple— we are focused on:
- Labor Justice: We believe in creating more inclusive opportunities in food for people who need them the most — stay at home parents, immigrants, and people of underrepresented minority groups. Cooking is a fundamental lever of economic empowerment, and the modern food industry has taken that away from many through its strict barriers to entry.
- Collective Action: We believing in engaging with diverse communities, that this legislation should be grassroots and incorporate different stakeholders into advocacy efforts. Cooking should be a tool for solidarity — better connecting us with our neighbors, bridging socioeconomic divides, and building power in local economies.
Who we are (alphabetical)
About the team
The C.O.O.K. Alliance is volunteer coordinated by Matt Jorgensen, who began work on home cooking legislation in late 2015 as cofounder of a social enterprise called Josephine, which shut down operations in early 2018. The Alliance draws support from numerous members of the former Josephine team, including policy director Liz Allen, who continues to provide technical support, cofounder Charley Wang, who continues to assist with organizing efforts, and Head of Cook Operations Lisette Silva, who helps represent the Josephine community by collecting cook feedback and serving on our Board.
However, AB 626 always had a broad base of support that extended far beyond the Josephine team. In the past year, thousands of individuals have called or written to their elected officials, nearly 50K have signed a petition, and dozens of organizations have signed on as official co-sponsors of the bill. Supporters range from cooks and community advocates to small business and public health experts. As this coalition continues to grow, we are deeply committed to staying accountable and responsive to the collective will of as many stakeholders as possible. Our Alliance Board Members (listed above) represent a cross-section of key stakeholders and provide accountability by internally voting to take a position on any substantive AB 626 amendment proposals. The Alliance only advocates for changes that have the support of a majority of our Board members and C.O.O.K. Alliance Advisors also offer consistent feedback on our legislative direction.
We are committed to fairly representing the diverse group of interests aligned behind this bill— especially those who have been historically underrepresented in food and labor policy decisions. Our group is 100% committed to working for the remainder of the legislative session to get AB 626 passed into law in 2018.