Will Kort

I am a long-term member of several consumer cooperatives, and I believe strongly in the cooperative enterprise model. I work as a watershed planning consultant in the Milwaukee area and I have a farmstead in Shawano, where I grew up. I served for ten years on the board of Outpost Natural Foods Cooperative, one of the largest grocery cooperatives in the U.S. There I received education and gained experience in a wide range of cooperative governance matters, including cooperative finances, strategic policy planning, member involvement, monitoring organizational performance, and board-management relations. As board president, I effectively facilitated consensus decision processes and member communication, and helped lead the organization through a period of significant market uncertainty. A career in banking gave me experience in procedural, compliance, financial, and technical matters in a highly-regulated industry. I have graduate degrees in planning, administration, and policy, and I serve as board treasurer for the non-profit Milwaukee Bicycle Collective.

It is truly wonderful that we have a cooperative option for health insurance, and it is critical that we maintain affordable and high-quality options for members, especially during times of regulatory and policy uncertainty. As a self-employed consultant, I am keenly aware of the value (and rarity) of marketplace insurance options that are member-driven. I fully support Common Ground Healthcare’s mission to provide mutual benefit through fairly-priced and understandable health plans informed by shared cooperative goals.