Marc Mascarenhas-Swan was born in England, but has spent the last 17 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Marc came up politically in the anti-authoritarian tradition, and has always taken seriously the maxim of the IWW, that we must “build a new world in the shell of the old.”
Marc has many years of experience as a participant, facilitator, educator, and organizer in political collectives, housing cooperatives and squats, worker cooperatives, childcare collectives, and activist groups. Marc was for many years part of the white, anti-racist group Heads Up Collective, which worked to support and develop anti-racist consciousness in mostly white global justice/anti-war sectors, and organized as allies with groups working for social justice in communities of color. He has organized and participated in many multi-racial, feminist, and left study groups to which he owes much of his political development.
Marc has worked for over 20 years as a professional chef, and converted his long term catering business into a worker owned cooperative. He understands that the development of a broad range of locally focused, environmentally sustainable, democratically governed economic entities, both non-market and market oriented, is a crucial step towards a just and sustainable world.
He has two amazing kids that he tries to spend as much time as possible with. He really wishes that he liked to garden.
You can contact Marc at: marc(at)aorta(dot)coop