Drew Langdon grew up in rural upstate New York, in small town called Oakfield. After spending several years studying at Houghton College, Langdon made the decision to move into the City of Rochester’s Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood to become a worker-owner at Small World Bakery.
Small World was Langdon’s introduction to cooperative ownership models, which he has since embraced wholeheartedly as the solution to many of our community’s problems. Other cooperative projects which he has been a part of include a housing cooperative, Ant Hill, and the recently-formed Rochester Organization for Workplace Democracy. He is also working on the incubation of a worker-owned grocery store in Rochester’s southwest neighborhoods to help eliminate a large urban food desert.
Langdon has also been active in combating discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in communities across the country. He was a member of the 2010 Soulforce Equality, traveling to Christian colleges to educate on the intersections of faith, sexuality, and gender. He has also been active in statewide campaigns for marriage equality and the passage of the Gender Expression Non-discrimination Act (GENDA).
In 2012, Langdon was the Green Party’s candidate for New York State Assembly in the 137th District. In this two-way race against Democratic incumbent David Gantt, he received 4498 , or approximately 12%, of votes cast. He has previously worked on Alex White’s campaigns for mayor and City Council in 2011, as well as Dr. Jill Stein’s 2012 presidential campaign. In December, he was elected as a co-chair of the Green Party of Monroe County.