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.
Directors of the Davis Food Co-op
Ken Bradford ('15, First Alternate)
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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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Bija Young ('15)
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Please note: June of the year given is the end of the Director's term.
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 next regular Board meeting will be on Monday, September 8, 2014 , and the Board Meeting agenda is posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 (early for Labor Day 9/1, which is why the Board won't meet on the First Monday). The meeting will be 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.
Link to Board Meeting Agenda
(May need Adobe Acrobat to open. Get it here!)
Please note: Agenda is subject to change during Agenda Review portion of Board Meeting. The linked agenda may be for last or next meeting, depending on the time of month.
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.
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.
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. Look for announcements about Member Linkage activities and events in the current issue of the Vine or on our Events Calendar. If you have questions or comments related to Member Linkage, please e-mail our Member Linkage Task Force Chair.
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
The General Manager Search Task Force consists of Zoë Plakias (Board President), Bija Young (Board of Directors and Co-op Staff Member) and Stacie Frerichs (Member). The task force is charged with conducting a search for the new General Manager of the Davis Food Co-op. The task force supports the Board of Directors, which is responsible for making the hiring decision. The responsibilities of the task force include: gathering input from the board and staff about desired skills and qualifications for a new general manager, preparing and implementing an advertising plan for the job announcement, screening applications, and conducting interviews.
As with all regular board meetings, meetings of the task force are open to all members in good standing. The task force meets every Friday from 9 AM to 11 AM in the Co-op Teaching Kitchen at 537 G St. If you have questions about the task force, please contact Board President and Task Force Chair Zoë Plakias.
For information about the General Manager search, click here.