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.

Our next Board Meeting will be on Monday, August 24, at 6:30 pm in the Teaching Kitchen (537 G Street.) This meeting is later than usual to accommodate board trainings.

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.)

Hover over a name to see the email address; right click to copy it; click on it to go to email

Ken Bradford (’18)

Ed Clemens (’17, Treasurer)

J. Faye Dixon ('18)

Karen Rich (‘17)

Tom Hagler (’18)

Vincent Ortiz ('16)

Diane Parro ('16, Vice President)

Ben Pearl ('16, President)

Steve Reynolds ('17)

Sandra Schickele (Alternate, ’16, Secretary)

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 Board of Directors are elected representatives of the member owners and take that role seriously. Communicating with member owners is one of the most important responsibilities of the Directors. We call this process Member Linkage. The Board often collaborates with staff on already scheduled events and sometimes hosts its own activities designed to get feedback from member owners. Current members of the Linkage Task Force are Zoë Plakias and Sandra Schickele. The Task Force generally meets at the Co-op from 5:30 - 6:30 PM on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Look for announcements about Member Linkage activities and events in the current issue of the Vine or on our Events Calendar.

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. Click here for contact information for task forces.