Candidates for the Board of Directors
I am seeking re-election to the SNFC Board. I am an attorney and community volunteer, having served on the SNFC Board for the past 6 years. I participated in several key Board decisions, including asking members to authorize building the new Co-op and issuing preferred shares to help raise capital for the project and provide members with a favorable return on their investment. My Board votes reflect my desire that Co-op owners and employees have a strong voice and a significant role in the future of SNFC and its’ impact on our community, local networks of farms, workers, partnerships, regional producers and suppliers.
I have a very community centric vision for the Co-op. I support a robust discount and patronage system when our Co-op is financially secure. I want to ensure the Co-op continues to be the region’s trusted source of organic produce and other sustainably produced foods. I want to carry products that our members want while keeping quality high and prices low.
SNFC may have a challenge when Amazon starts selling groceries on line but I believe the quality of our products, strong marketing and community outreach will set us apart and keep the store thriving. We will increase our healthy deli offerings and grab and go food service and offer a broader selection of fairly priced and sourced organic, local and non-GMO products.
I have faith in the Co-op’s mission, members and workers. I want to serve on the Board to continue SNFC’s role as an important educational resource about cooperatives, health, food and consumer issues.
I am asking for your vote and I would be grateful for your support.
When I became an owner in 2004, I invested in the Co-op for more than the economic benefits I receive as an owner. I did so because I respect the Co-op’s values of co-operative economics, sustainability and ethical business practices. As a mother, I am even more invested in the Co-op because I want my daughter’s generation to count on it as I have done for years. Now I want to invest my time, energy and skills to serving on the board of directors to help ensure the Co-op continues to succeed and stays true to its co-operative values.
My passion for the Co-op extends beyond being an owner. In the early 2000s I worked for the Co-op’s Marketing Department for two years. This provided me insight into the day-to-day operations of the store and allowed me to take part in numerous community outreach efforts promoting the Co-op. A few years later as the board administrator, I gained a better understanding of the board’s role and its purpose. More recently, I volunteered with the Co-op Community Kitchen teaching nutrition classes to Spanish-speaking women on limited incomes.
Co-op board directors must ensure the economic viability of the store while simultaneously working on behalf of and in the best interest of customers and owners. It is important to me that we value the co-operative business practices and encourage owner involvement wherever possible. If elected, I look forward to engaging with owners and shoppers alike to learn how together we can help guide the Co-op towards a successful future while adhering to its founding co-operative values. I would be honored to represent you on the Co-op board.
I believe strongly in our Co-op’s values of sustainability and a growing healthy food culture. Our ethics and authenticity in the local community are touchstones of the region. I’m running for the Board to continue our health and vitality into the future. Plus, I just love the store and its people.
Our Co-op faces numerous challenges resulting from our own success: The growing market for natural products and steeper competition from regional chains shows what Co-ops have accomplished. We can be the leader for member-owned stores in the 21st Century, grappling with modern retail and information technology. But, our value of local farms, biodiversity, community connection, and individuals as whole persons is our strength and specialty.
I believe a well-run organization is the best way to advance the Co-Op’s member-owned culture. Respecting the roles and contributions of members, board, staff, partners, suppliers, and greater community is essential. So are programs, such as senior and member appreciation discounts, to maintain affordability.
I’m running because I want to see the Co-Op meet our new challenges and seek ways to maximize the opportunities presented by our new store and management. I’m a 25-year central city resident, and I have been a SNFC Owner/Member for over 15 years. I have served in several high-level state positions, with an emphasis on public finance and taxation as a trained attorney. I have been a political activist, LGBT rights advocate, and involved at the neighborhood and city level. I am deeply committed to accountability and transparency, bringing numerous skills and connections I believe would add value to the Co-Op’s Board. I hope I can earn your support to serve on the Board.