What is the Cooperative Council of NC?

The Cooperative Council of NC is an association of cooperatives in North Carolina. We provide four main events through the year:

The Annual Co-op Conference is in the first quarter and is a two-day educational event with networking and connecting with representatives from cooperatives across the state.

Cooperative Leadership Camp is week-long overnight camp held each June that gives up to 100 teens the opportunity to experience the cooperative business model and build leadership skills as they work together to form a t-shirt cooperative. (2021 Virtual experience) 

Quarterly Virtual Co-op Coffee Conversations introduce a great guest story teller with a hot topic of interest to all cooperatives.  It is a noon time each quarter and is open to all members, volunteers and board members.  

Lastly, Cooperative Dynamics is a workshop held at the end of the year to help new cooperative employees understand the principles, governance and economic impact of cooperatives in our state and nation. We also travel the state to provide onsite education for our members and affiliates, and we can present onsite for Annual Meetings, training sessions and events.

Beyond these programs and activities, we have partnered with national cooperatives such as Cabot Cheese Cooperative as well as NCBA/CLUSA to bring the Co-ops for Community scouting patch program to North Carolina for youth education.   

Staff and Board

Emily Nail

Executive Director 

As CCNC’s executive director, Emily dedicates her time to making sure Cooperative Council members are finding value in their membership and that the benefits of the council are available to all members at each cooperative. Emily coordinates four major events each year for the council along with several other smaller programs for the members' benefit. Emily understands the cooperative way and supports connections across the state with members. She is a certified Credit Union Developmental Educator as well as a supporter of all cooperatives. Please feel free to contact her through email or phone.

Email: [email protected] Phone: 919-834-5544

We have a team of professionals including Administrative Support, Bookkeeping, Graphic Design, and IT to assist with our daily operations, membership service, as well as our key event planning and facilitation. Feel free to contact any part of the organization by emailing us at [email protected]


2021-2023 Board Members

We have a diverse group of Cooperative Professionals participate in our work on the Board of Directors.  This group works to increase the cross industry opportunities to Educate, Promote and Connect the cooperative movement.

Donna Bullard

Star Communications

Robert Caldwell

NC Grange Mutual Insurance

Brenda Camp

Weaver Street Market

Richard Campbell

NC State University

Susan Cashion

Piedmont EMC

Greg Coltrain

Riverstreet Network

Mark Davis

NC State Grange

Ron Fish

NC Department of Agriculture

Jeff Hardin

Carolina Credit Union Foundation

Janet Jackson

Central EMC

Joe Mecca

Coastal Credit Union

Emma Norman

Local Government Federal Credit Union

Michael Spink

Civic Federal Credit Union

Council Members

Electric Cooperatives

Blue Ridge Energy
Brunswick EMC
Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative
Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
Central EMC
Edgecombe-Martin County EMC
Energy United
Four County EMC
French Broad EMC
Halifax EMC
Jones-Onslow EMC
Lumbee River EMC
Pee Dee EMC
Piedmont EMC
Randolph EMC
Roanoke Electric Cooperative
South River EMC
Surry-Yadkin EMC
Tideland EMC
Tri-County EMC
Wake EMC

Credit Unions

Civic Federal Credit Union
Coastal Credit Union
ElecTel Cooperative Federal Credit Union Lion's Share Federal Credit Union
Local Government Federal Credit Union Rieglewood Federal Credit Union
Premier Federal Credit Union

Telecommunication Cooperatives

Randolph TMC
SkyLine/ SkyBest
Surry TMC
Star Communications
Riverstreet Network
Wilkes Communications
Yadkin Valley TMC

Retail and Marketing Members

Maryland/Virginia Milk Producers
Southern States Cooperative
US Tobacco Cooperative
Weaver Street Market



Association and Insurance

NC Association Of Electric Cooperatives
Co Bank
NC Peanut Growers Association
NC State University 
NC State Grange
NC Grange Mutual Insurance Company
Southeast United Dairy Industry Association
Carolina Common Enterprise
Carolina's Credit Union League

Farm Credit and Farm Bureau

Ag First Farm Credit