The Board of Directors meet monthly at the Teaching Kitchen, located at 537 G Street. Please join the conversation by keeping an eye on our Events Calendar for the next meeting. Owners are encouraged to attend and have their voices heard.
Who are The Board of Directors?
The Board of Directors are local Owners, elected by Owners, who volunteer their time to the Co-op. They act on the community’s behalf to ensure a vibrant cooperative vision.
I serve on the board because I believe in the cooperative form of business. It is unique as a democratically-owned and controlled type of institution.
I believe in cooperative business that helps to connect people to locally sourced food, while also contributing to the vibrancy of the community.
I serve on the board to 1) support my favorite community institution 2) expand access to fresh, local, organic and sustainably produced foods and 3) be involved in planning it's future.
I enjoy working with others to help the DFC provide our community with healthy food in an inviting, well run store.
I serve on the DFC board because I want to be a part of helping this dynamic community institution run effectively. I believe that cooperative enterprise is an important business model because it focuses on how to serve members rather than how to maximize profit.
I serve on the Board because I believe in the mission and values of the Davis Food Co-op. The Co-op has been an integral part of the Davis community for over 40 years, and I want to make sure that it continues to provide access to healthful, sustainable, higher quality, and locally grown and produced foods.
Having been a long time co-op member I am excited to be a board director. I intend to take an active role in steering our co-op to meet the new challenges in this increasingly, competitive business while keeping our mission of healthy, organic, locally sourced, quality food at a competitive price.
What They Do
Acting on behalf of our owners, the Board ensures the success of the cooperative by working together effectively, empowering and holding accountable professional management, providing strategic leadership for our cooperative, and perpetuating our democratic organization.
Using the model of Policy Governance, they communicate with 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 Owners and other people in the community have:
- A thriving cooperatively owned business;
- Access to healthful, local and high-quality food;
- A store that makes environmental sustainability a priority; and,
- Staff who are valued, educated and motivated.
The Board of Directors meet regularly on the second Monday of (almost) every month. These meetings (except for closed sessions on specific matters) are open to any Owner in good standing. Notice of any special or emergency Board meetings will be posted in the store.
The Meetings are 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.
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 previous Board meetings. They are generally posted one month after the meeting, as they must first be approved by the Directors.
Please come and join us to be part of an exciting conversation about the Co-op's future!
How to Get Involved
Communicating with Owners is one of the most important responsibilities of the Directors. We call this process Owner Linkage. Finding Owner Engagement activities and events is as simple as checking our Facebook page or Events Calendar.
Owners have the right to elect the Cooperative's Board, to attend meetings of the Board, to receive notice an attend Owner Meetings, to petition as described in the Bylaws, and to approve amendments to the Bylaws. Each Owner is assigned one vote and must be in good standing for these rights to apply to them.
Owners can work personally with Board Members and other Owners by joining a Board Committee or Task Force.
Committees and Task Forces consisting of Directors, staff, and Owners that report to the Board of Directors help provide assistance in various aspects of Co-op governance. Participating on a Committee or Task Force is a great way to learn about Co-op governance. Committees and Task Forces are reviewed every year and each operates on a different meeting schedule. You can apply to join a committee or task force here. Not all of them will be able to accept new members.
1. Owner Engagement Committee
The Owner Engagement Committee provides a forum for Owners' ideas and concerns, monitors the Board's communication with Owners, including the Board Blog, and plans and execute initiatives for Owners to meet with Directors and be educated about the role of the Board. The committee also plans the Annual Meeting for Owners.
2. Finance Committee
This committee facilities the directors review and synthesis of the store financial statement, works with the General Manager and Chief Financial Officer to prepare an annual budget for the store and report to the Board on the budget, and coordinates the annual store financial audit/review.
3. Board Development Committee
The Board Development Committee develops a plan to identify and recruit well-qualified board members, develops an application and orientation process for candidates that includes meetings with prospective candidates and current Director and develops materials for a Board candidate application packet in coordination with the Co-ops Marketing Manager. The committee also coordinates educational opportunities for current Directors.
4. Governance Committee
The Governance Committee reviews polices and proposed revisions and new policies and procedures to support the Co-op and the Board's oversight role. The committee also develops and proposes to the Board procedures for each election.
5. Strategic Planning Task Force
The Strategic Plan Task Force works with the store's general manager and her appointees to draft a Strategic Plan for DFC that is led by the Ends Statement and incorporates stakeholder feedback.
6. Board Leadership Transition Task Force
The Board Leadership Transition Task Force develops and implements a process to assist the Board in selecting officers for the upcoming board year.