About Us: Principals

Ownership Associates operates with two principals and a network of associates.

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CHRISTOPHER MACKIN is the founder and President of Ownership Associates. He has worked professionally in the field of employee ownership for thirty six years. Chris is a frequent speaker in both the United States and Europe to groups interested in issues of corporate governance and organizational change and is also a regular contributor to newspapers and periodicals on the topic of employee ownership. He serves as a Special Adviser to American Working Capital, LLC, a financial advisory firm for broad based employee ownership. He also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations where he teaches a course called Democratic Capitalism and as a member of the core faculty of the Harvard Trade Union Program, a mid-career training program for union officials based at the Harvard Law School.

After graduating from Georgetown University in 1974, Chris was a Sidney Harman Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 1978 to 1980. He later completed a Doctorate in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His Doctoral thesis was entitled The Social Psychology of Ownership: A Case Study of a Democratically Owned Firm. In addition to his work in the field of employee ownership, Chris is active in the field of ethical commerce as a co-founder of Ethix Ventures, a firm that promotes alternatives to sweatshop working conditions.


Fred Freundlich imageFREDERICK FREUNDLICH is a senior principal of Ownership Associates. He currently serves a professor in the faculty of Business Science at Mondragon University. After completing his Masters at Cornell University in 1986, Fred started his employee-ownership work in the training department of the Mondragon, Spain network of cooperatively owned firms. In 1987, he was awarded the Sidney Harman Fellowship at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and began his consulting practice with Ownership Associates, focusing on ownership education, training, and organizational change. Fred holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Williams College, in Williamstown, MA and a Doctorate in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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