The ICA Staff

ICA’s Staff is made up of a diverse group of professionals.  Our consultants have extensive experience in community economic development and business creation and have earned advanced degrees in related fields.

Matt Berlin, Senior Business Consultant

Matt joined the ICA Group in November 2016. Prior to working with ICA he held a variety of management positions in the private and public sectors including work as a corporate CFO, general manager New York’s Citi Bike program and Executive Director of New York’s student transportation system. He is an adjunct professor at the New School and serves on the board of the Literacy Assistance Center of New York. Matt has an MBA from Yale University.

David Hammer, Executive Director

David joined the ICA Group in 2008 and served as a Senior Business Consultant until assuming the position of Executive Director in June 2013. David is a leading practitioner of employee buyouts of small business and worker cooperatives and has spent his career working for organizations dedicated to empowering workers and the communities in which they live. David’s areas of expertise include governance design, market research, business planning, policy analysis, data analysis, and financial modeling.

Prior to joining the ICA Group David served as Assistant Director of Research of 1199SEIU, the largest health care union on the east coast. Previously he conducted research for UNITE in New York City and the United Steelworkers of America in Pittsburgh. David has worked on a wide variety of projects throughout the country in industries as diverse as long term care, child care, industrial laundries, apparel distribution, food retail, tire manufacturing, temporary staffing, hospitality, aluminum can manufacturing, as well as various small manufacturing settings.

David earned a Master’s of Science from the Labor Relations and Research Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Bachelor’s degree in History from UMass, Amherst.

Katrina Kazda, Senior Business Strategist

Katrina Kazda joined the ICA Group in January 2017 in the position of Senior Business Strategist. Katrina brings over 10 years of hands-on experience assisting businesses, non-profit organizations and academic institutions through strategic change processes. She has worked with a wide diversity of business sectors from banking to food service and with clients ranging in size from sole proprietorships to multi-national corporations.

Prior to joining ICA Group, Katrina served as Director of Programs at Sustainable America, a national non-profit organization working to make our nation’s food and fuel systems more efficient and resilient. Earlier, she served as Managing Director at Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization with the mission to build economies that are local, green and fair. At the beginning of her career Katrina focused on international development work in Asia, spending time in India, Bangladesh and South East Asia. Katrina earned a Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Sandra Magri, Controller

Sandra joined The ICA Group in 2017.  In her role at Controller at the ICA Group, Sandra is responsible for all financial functions of the organization.  Prior to joining The ICA Group, Sandra served in leadership roles in the non profit sector in Boston, New York and Springfield.  Sandra brings many years of accounting best practices, system implementation and process improvement to The ICA Group.  Sandra earned a Masters in Business Administration from University of Phoenix and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Merrimack College.  Sandra holds a Certified Public Accounting license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  In her spare time, Sandra can be found on a soccer field or at a gymnastics meet cheering on her children.  She also serves as the Treasurer of the Parent Teacher Association of her children’s elementary school.

Anne McSweeney, Child Care Strategist

Anne joined the ICA Group in June 2017 to support child care research and program development. Anne brings over 5 years of experience working in Head Start training and technical assistance, most recently as communications liaison for the Head Start Information and Communications Center. Anne earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she focused on state child care and preschool policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from Wesleyan University.

Nic Miragliuolo, Business Consultant

Nic joined The ICA Group as a Business Consultant in January of 2017. Prior to joining ICA, he served for two years as an Americorps VISTA and worked for three years as a data analyst in the software industry. At the ICA Group, Nic is the lead analyst on the Home Care team, and his work includes direct technical assistance, market research, financial modeling, and data analysis. Some examples of Nic’s work at ICA include his research for the Co-op Conversions at Scale Report produced in collaboration with Capital Impact Partners and as co-author of Solving the Home Care Crisis published in the Cooperative Business Journal.

Outside of work, Nic has a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Boston Youth Wrestling, a Boston based nonprofit committed to using the sport of wrestling as a vehicle for youth development in the City of Boston. Nic Miragliuolo has an MBA from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University, and received his B.A. in economics from Williams College.

John Schwarten, Special Advisor

Mr. Schwarten joined ICA in 2016 and brings over 40 years experience in banking, industry, and consulting. For the past nine years, he was a partner in a boutique investment banking firm, specializing in M&A and corporate re-structuring. Initially, he spent 15 years in commercial and merchant banking in New York City followed by positions in industry and management consulting.

Mr. Schwarten holds a B.A. History from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.

Sara Stephens, Legal and Research Consultant

Sara Stephens joined the ICA Group in 2017 as a Legal and Research Consultant. She is an attorney licensed in the state of California with expertise in worker cooperatives and other social enterprises. She is also a Housing and Cooperatives Attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center where she supports democratic workplaces and housing communities through legal advice, educational tools, and policy advocacy.

Before law school, Sara spent 6 years involved in community organizing and development in Bangkok, Thailand and Pomona, California. Sara earned a JD from Berkeley Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Communications from the University of Washington.

Janet Van LiereJanet Van Liere, Director Community Jobs Program

Janet joined the ICA Group in 2000 as a Business Consultant and manages the Alternative Staffing Alliance, a national network of social purpose staffing companies ICA launched in 2007. In this role, she facilitates peer learning and networking for practitioners across the US, documents sector best practices and performance outcomes, publishes sector and industry news, and develops resources to support alternative staffing operators and promote this growing enterprise strategy for workforce development. Janet also performs feasibility analysis and business planning for selected projects.

Before joining ICA, Janet worked as an Economic Development Specialist for the Burlington, Vermont Community and Economic Development Office, managing a revolving loan fund to provide gap financing to locally-owned businesses and nonprofits, and providing technical assistance to several cooperative projects. As a Peace Corps Small Business Advisor in Kenya, she conducted business training for social development workers and consulted with entrepreneurs and self-help groups to help them start and expand a variety of businesses, primarily agriculture-related.

Janet earned a Master of Science in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University.


Jonathan Ward, Senior Business Consultant

Mr. Ward joined the ICA Group in 2014, where his focus is on financial models and business plans. Prior to joining the ICA Group, Jonathan worked with a number of nonprofits advocating for sustainable food and farming systems in western Massachusetts, including Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), and Pioneer Valley Grows (PVGrows). He also served as a Research Assistant for the Wellspring Collaborative while studying at the Center for Public Policy and Administration. Additionally, as a Senior Technical Training Specialist at a leading e-marketing company, Jonathan gained four years of experience in digital marketing, web technology, and learning and development.

Jonathan earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Bachelor of Science in Information Design and Corporate Communication from Bentley University.