Board of Directors

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The Board of Directors are local Member-Owners who were elected by Member-Owners to shape the Co-op's vision for the future and outline broad policies for our Co-op to follow. In exchange for their dedication and service, they receive a Staff discount.

Regular Board Meetings are held monthly in the Teaching Kitchen (537 G Street.) Please check our Events Calendar for the next meeting; Member-Owners are welcome to attend.

Members of the 2015-16 Board. (Left to right) Ken Bradford, Steve Reynolds, Sandra Shickele (Secretary), Tom Hagler, Karen Firestein (below), Vincent Ortiz (above), Diane Parro (Board Vice President), Ed Clemens (Treasurer), Ben Pearl (Board President).

Current Directors

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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-Owner in good standing. Exceptions, specified in our Board Policies, are sessions dealing with hiring/firing decisions, personnel evaluations, lease negotiations, grievances, 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.

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 from the Co-op, on the southwest corner of 6th and G Streets.

The agenda of any given meeting is subject to change during the Agenda Review portion of the 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 access minutes of Board meetings past. Minutes are generally posted one month after the meeting, as they must first be approved by the Directors.

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 they do for the Co-op. Using the model of Policy Governance, they 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. Our current Ends Policies:

The Davis Food Cooperative exists so that our current and future member-owners and other people in the community have:

• a thriving, cooperatively owned business;
• access to healthful, sustainable, higher quality, and locally grown and produced foods;
• a retail store that satisfies customers;
• an improved environment and a more sustainable food system;
• education that leads to informed choices about health, food systems, the environment and cooperatives; and,
• a satisfied, motivated staff.

Member Linkage

Communicating with Member-Owners is one of the most important responsibilities of the Directors. We call this process Member Linkage. Current members of the Linkage Task Force are Vincent Ortiz and Sandra Schickele. Look for Member Linkage activities and events on our Facebook page or 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. Email the Board for Task Force information and opportunities, and check our Volunteer page for any current opportunities.