The Board of Directors are local Owners, elected by fellow Owners, who volunteer their time to the Davis Food Co-op. They act on the community’s behalf to ensure a vibrant cooperative vision. The primary responsibilities of the Board of Directors are to provide overall direction and ensure the long-range security and viability of the Co-op. The Board is responsible for developing policies necessary to carry out the duties of the Board and the functions of the Co-op.
More specifically, the Board does this above through the following:
- Creating and sustaining a transparent and accountable relationship with the Owner-Membership.
- Hiring, compensating, delegating responsibility, and holding accountable a General Manager.
- Writing committee charters to plan yearly goals and hold each other accountable
- Regularly monitoring of operational performance in the areas of Ends and Executive Limitations, and Board performance in the areas of Board Process and Board- Management Relationship.
- Perpetuating the Board’s leadership capacity using ongoing education, training and recruitment.
- The Board of Directors does not make decisions about, become involved with, or take part in any of the day-to-day activities or decisions regarding the operation of the Davis Food Co-op. The Board’s sole connection to the operations of the store is through the General Manager.
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.
J. Faye Dixon
I believe in cooperative business that helps to connect people to locally sourced food, while also contributing to the vibrancy of the community.
I believe in and want to continue to grow the DFC’s ability to meet our ends, to serve as a community hub for all residents, and to be a model of a successful, vibrant, cooperatively run business.
I am really proud to be part of the Davis Food Co-op, a place where our community can have access to quality local food. I will put forth my enthusiasm and passion to connect more people in our community to better understand the importance of food co-ops in our city.
I am eager to serve on the Board of the Davis Food Coop to strengthen the resiliency and sustainability of our Local food system. Listening to the desires of Owners and conveying them to the management team will be a priority.
As a local farmer-supporter, vegetable lover, and former farmer with years of experience working with the agriculture community in the Greater Sacramento Region, my values and vision align with the mission of the Davis Food Co-op to provide high quality food to our community and supporting local producers.
Oliver Resnick Weiss
With a familial connection to the agriculture business as well as being involved with the student body at UC Davis, I will have unique perspective to help the functionality of the Davis Food Co-op.
I love that the Davis Food Co-op is a community institution that provides nutritional food while keeping sustainability in mind. I serve the co-op because I believe in its shared business model. I realize the importance of supporting our local economy and love how Food Co-ops embody this in their day-to-day operations. I look forward to working with the Board and the management team to provide oversight and direction to this beautiful treasure in Davis.
The greater co-op community has embraced a tool that can help a food co-op define roles for their Directors and Managers. It’s called Policy Governance. It is a set of boundaries by which Co-op staff and Directors can optimize their work together, cooperate, and compromise for maximum effect. Simply put, it clarifies responsibilities.
The key to policy governance is to focus the Board’s responsibilities into three areas:
- Setting long term ends (or outcomes) and organizational limits;
- Holding the General Manager accountable for organizational performance within those ends and limits;
- Creating an active dialogue with member-owners about updating the ends of the organization. Ends policies are supposed to answer the overarching questions: what changes, for which people or need, and at what cost?
Since it is not enough just to write policies and hope for the best, the Board checks to make sure that the written policies are being followed in actual practice by receiving monitoring reports from the General Manager. These reports fall into two primary categories: forbidden practices and very desirable outcomes. Since we have lots of policies to review, the board divides policy monitoring across the calendar year so that we review our policies at least once annually.
The work of the Board is transparent and available for the public to view. Below are documents that have been created from the work of the Board.
The Board of Directors meet on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the DFC Teaching Kitchen, located across the street from the store at 537 G Street. The meeting is open to all active Owners of the Davis Food Co-op. Meetings are currently held in a hybrid format, with the option to attend virtually via Zoom* in addition to in person at the Teaching Kitchen. Owners are encouraged to attend and have their voices heard during the meeting’s opening comment period.
If an Owner is unable to attend the meeting, but would still like to have their voice heard on a matter concerning the Board, they may reach out to the Board directly by emailing [email protected]. All other comments and suggestions regarding store operations can be made through our Suggestion Box online here or in person at our Customer Service Desk.
* The link to attend the Board meeting virtually can be found on day of the meeting on the Board Meeting Agenda here.
Committees formed by the Board do work outside of the monthly Board Meetings to tackle special projects, recurring events and to further uphold the Co-op’s commitment to our Ends. Committees also have openings for fellow Owners not on the Board to join and contribute. Interested in the Board’s work on one of the committees you see listed below? Reach out to the listed chair of the committee to see how you can join.
Strategic Planning Committee: Angelo Esquivel, [email protected]
Finance Committee: Samantha Conselman, [email protected]
Governance Committee: Gustave Cirhigiri, [email protected]
Nominating Committee: Samantha Conselman, [email protected]
Facilities Task Force: Sharon Tobar, [email protected]
Director candidates must be committed to the Ends Statement of the Davis Food Co-op. Board Directors are volunteers for a term of three years and commit to working about 15 – 20 hours a month, depending on committees. Board Directors must come to the monthly meeting, every 1st Monday of the month, and be part of at least one committee.
To thank them for their efforts and involvement, the Davis Food Co-op Directors receive 16.5% off all of their purchases at the Co-op. Our Directors have many training opportunities and can also gain a variety of useful skills, such as business acumen, management experience, high-level communication, financial literacy, strategic thinking, and teamwork.
- Be a DFC shareholder in good standing.
- Prepare for, attend, and participate in monthly Board meetings and the Annual Ownership Meeting in May.
- Serve on one or two committees or task forces.
- Attend and participate in a day-long annual retreat in the Fall and/or Spring.
- Participate in Board training, as well as workshops, conferences, and DFC events throughout the year.
- Regularly read and respond to email correspondence.
- Devote time to learning about the co-op movement and the board decision-making tool Policy Governance.