Omar Freilla was raised and continues to live in the South Bronx. He is the founder and director of Green Worker Cooperatives, a new organization that incubates worker-owned and environmentally friendly businesses in the South Bronx. He is committed to constructing alternatives to modern capitalism through worker ownership and the creation of strong local economies centered on principles of environmental justice and the rights of workers. Omar is also a board member of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, a newly-formed national federation of worker-owned businesses. He was a former program director for Sustainable South Bronx and Transportation Justice campaign director for the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance. Omar is also a member of the Dominican-Haitian folkloric percussion group Pa'lo Monte.