Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are local people who are shareholders. They are elected by members to volunteer to shape the Co-op's vision for the future and outline broad policies for our Co-op to follow.

Letter to DFC Community from April 28, 2015 regarding GM Process

Letter to Members from April 3, 2015 regarding GM Finalists

Letter to Members from July 28, 2014 regarding GM Search

Letter to Members from July 22, 2014

Letter to Members about our Spring Election, July 3, 2014

Directors of the Davis Food Co-op

The 2014-15 Board. L to R, Sandra Shickele, Diane Parro, Ed Clemens, Ben Pearl, Steve Reynolds, Desmond Jolly, Zoë Plakias, Karen Firestein. (Ken Bradford not pictured.)

Ken Bradford ('15)
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Ed Clemens ('17, Vice President)
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Karen Rich Firestein ('17)
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Desmond Jolly ('15)
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Diane Parro ('16, Secretary)
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Ben Pearl ('16, Corresponding Secretary)
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Zoë Plakias ('15, President)
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Steve Reynolds ('17, Treasurer)
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Sandra Schickele ('15)
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Please note: June of the year given is the end of the Director's term.

Board Meetings

The Board of Directors meets regularly on the first Monday of (almost) every month in the Co-op Teaching Kitchen at 537 G Street. The Co-op's Bylaws specify that the Board must have regular meetings at least eight times yearly and these meetings (except for closed sessions on specific matters) shall be open to any member in good standing. These exceptions, specified in our Board Policies, are sessions dealing with hiring decisions, firing decisions, personnel evaluations, lease negotiations, grievances and litigation, and matters which would convey competitive advantage if they were disclosed. Meetings that are closed or meetings in which portions are closed shall still be announced and the reason for the closure will be given. Notice of any special or emergency Board meetings will be posted in the store.

The agenda for the next Board Meeting is posted at the top of this page one week before the meeting. Meetings are usually held in the Co-op Teaching Kitchen, 537 G Street, starting at 6:30 PM. The Teaching Kitchen is across the street, "kitty-corner" from the store, on the southwest corner of 6th and G Streets.

Please note: The agenda is subject to change during Agenda Review portion of Board Meeting.

If you are interested in a topic that has been discussed at a past Board meeting, please check our Minutes page, where you can download the minutes of Board meetings from the past year. Minutes are generally posted one month after the meeting, as they must be approved by the Directors prior to posting.

Co-op Governance

If you plan to attend a Board meeting (or even if you don’t), you may be interested in the way that our Board operates and what exactly it is that we do for the Co-op. Using the model of Policy Governance, we communicate with member owners to set appropriate goals for the Co-op (called Ends Policies) and work with the General Manager to reach those goals.

Member Linkage

The Directors are elected representatives of the member owners and take that role very seriously. One of the most important tasks the Board of Directors undertakes is communicating with member owners in order to develop a unified vision for the Co-op’s future. We call this process Member Linkage. The Board of Directors often collaborates with staff on already scheduled events and sometimes hosts its own activities and events in order to get feedback from member owners. Current Director members of the Linkage Task Force are Ben Pearl and Sandra Schickele. The Member Linkage Task Force generally meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Coop from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Look for announcements about Member Linkage activities and events in the current issue of the Vine or on our Events Calendar. If you are planning to attend, please check the Coop Calendar for any schedule changes or e-mail our Member Linkage Task Force Chair with this or any other questions or comments related to Member Linkage.

Board Task Forces

Task Forces are specialized committees consisting of Directors and member owners that report to the Board of Directors and help provide assistance in various aspects of Co-op governance. Participating on a Task Force is a great way to learn about Co-op governance and to earn volunteer hours. Task Forces are newly chartered every year and each operates on a different meeting schedule.

General Manager Search Task Force

On July 26, the Board of Directors decided to reopen the search for a new general manager and chartered a new GM Search Task Force. The purpose of the task force is to recommend to the Board a process for the re-opened search and conduct this search in consultation and communication with the Board. The members of the new GM Search Task Force are Directors Ben Pearl, Zoë Plakias, Desmond Jolly and Ed Clemens. The GM Search Task Force is currently meeting bi-monthly. Meetings are open to all member owners in good standing. Please look for upcoming meeting dates and locations on the Co-op Events Calendar. If you have questions about the task force, please contact Task Force Chair Ben Pearl at

For information about the General Manager search, click here.