Alianza CUSP was formed in June 2013 when representatives of three cooperative businesses (Sí Se Puede, Beyond Care and Golden Steps) and the Center for Family Life identified a need to create a space to share experiences and knowledge, grow together as businesses, and be part of a social movement for immigrant workers. After three years of strategy planning, Alianza CUSP was incorporated in 2016 as a 501 (c)(3) non-for-profit membership organization.


Create a just economy, where workers’ rights and access to resources are guaranteed for everybody, regardless of the workers´ ethnicity or place of origin.


Advocate for immigrant workers’ rights, develop social leadership in the worker-owned business community, and provide direct services to startup cooperative businesses.


  • Workers have a voice and decision-making power in the economy
  • Language equality
  • Equal access to information

CUSP believes in the International Cooperative Principles

  • Voluntary and open membership
  • Democratic member control
  • Member economic participation
  • Autonomy and independence
  • Education, training, and information
  • Cooperation among cooperatives
  • Concern for community

Board of Directors

  • Joseph Rivera. President
  • Adriana Mendoza. Vice-President
  • Carlos Martinez. Treasurer
  • Susana Peralta. Sub-Treasurer
  • Gladys Arriaga. Secretary


  • Catherine Salazar. Office Manager

External Consultants

  • Juan Cuautle. Organizational Developer. In-kind support by the Center for Family Life
  • Biviana Coyomani. Leadership Institute Coordinator. In-kind support by the Center for Family Life


  • Beyond Care Childcare Cooperative
  • Golden Steps Elder Care Cooperative
  • Sunset Scholars Tutoring Cooperative
  • Trusty Amigos Dog Walking and Pet Care Cooperative
  • Pa’lante Green Cleaning Cooperative
  • Maharlika Office Cleaning Cooperative