Elections

 

The Davis Food Co-op is a democratic business, owned and democratically governed by our Owners. The Board of Directors are Owners who are elected to represent the other Owners. The board ensures that the co-op’s Ends and operations support a vital, thriving co-op that meets the needs and vision of our Owners and our larger community.

Representing the Owners is extremely important and at times challenging. The work of the Board of Directors has an incredible impact on how the co-op grows and adapts to a changing world and marketplace. It’s important that Board members be able to work together to ask tough questions and think innovatively about the future of the co-op.

 

The 2021 Election Process

  • We are no longer accepting candidates for the 2021 Elections. If you missed the opportunity to run this year, we encourage you to do so next year!
  • Election voting will begin at the start of the Annual Meeting on 5/6/2021 and ends at store closing on 5/20/2021. Elections will be fully online this year through Simply Voting. Please make sure your email is up to date to receive voting instructions. For information on how to update your email address, reach out to membership@davisfood.coop, visit our Ownership page here or stop by the Customer Service Desk.
  • There are three positions that will need to be filled: (3) Three-year term positions
  • Read more below to meet this year’s candidates and learn about the duties of the Board.

Elections Calendar

12/8/20
Elections calendar posted on the store Governance Board and on the DFC website

1/6/21
Deadline for receipt of Owner Initiatives for the election (120 days before the election, in accordance with DFC Board Policy C10)

3/4/21
Orientation for potential candidates

3/12/21
Deadline for Owners to declare their candidacy for the Board of Directors

3/22 – 5/6/21
Declared candidates can arrange to use the Free Speech Area near the Tomato sculpture to share information about their candidacy with Owners

5/6/21
Annual Meeting and start of voting

5/6 – 5/20/21
Voting online and in the store

6/14/21
Board votes to accept the election results at final 2020-21 Board meeting

7/12/21
New Directors seated at first 2021-22 Board meeting

The 2021 Board Candidates

Aditi Risbud Bartl

I grew up in Davis in the 1990s, attended UC Davis as an undergraduate student and returned in 2016 to raise my own family here. The Davis Food Co-op has always been a part of my life and is an integral part of this ever-evolving, unique town. As an engineer-turned-science communicator working at UC Davis, my ability to translate technical, complex concepts to diverse audiences would serve the Co-op membership well. In particular, I hope to support the Co-op’s education, training and information cooperative principles and engage more people in investing their time and resources into our community. The pandemic and larger market forces make it more critical than ever to build a strong co-op economy. My skills in relationship-building, communications and strategic planning will help strengthen the value of this landmark Davis institution and ensure it is a part of our community for years to come.

Gustave Cirhigiri

I joined the Davis Food-Coop in April of 2016 as a grocery clerk and stayed in the position
until I returned to Graduate School at UC Davis in September of 2018. I have remained a
shareholder for more than 3 years and would be very honored to bring my contribution as a
former employee as well as the new skills acquired during my double Masters in Horticulture
and Agronomy / Community Development to the Board of Directors .

Angelo Esquivel

Hello DFC owners! My name is Angelo Esquivel, I am originally from Colombia and have lived in the Davis-Sacramento area for over 15 years. Most of my life I have worked in jobs that belong to the food system, currently I work at Davis Food Co-op in the Marketing Department, and I am excited to have this opportunity to run for the Board of Directors of the DFC.

Social justice, and especially food justice, is a topic that I am passionate about.  My previous work in programs with UC Davis and UC ANR focused on the Future of Food, and my time working at DFC taught me the importance of food security for communities, as well as the positive role a food cooperative can have.

If elected, I will use my passion to ensure that more people in our community understand the meaning and importance of the food co-op in Davis. I will apply the knowledge and skills from my experiences in any tasks the Board may require me to maintain our Davis Food Co-op as a thriving cooperatively owned business that offers access to healthy, local, and high-quality food to the entire communty.

If you have any questions or want to know more, contact me: esquivelangelo@gmail.com

M E Gladis

I look for Davis Food Co-op to be a leader in sustainability!

Olivia Henry

Hello fellow Owners,

I am Olivia Henry (they/them), an owner, vendor, and employee at the Davis Food Co-op (DFC).
The DFC has been my one-stop shop for groceries and local goods for the past 5 years, and
now I have the pleasure of working in the produce department. As an employee, each day I
hear your feedback first hand, and look forward to having more agency to make your voices
heard. Before working at the co-op I earned my degree in Clinical Nutrition at UCD and worked
on a handful of organic farms in food production, and education.

The DFC is more than just a grocery store for me, it is also a place that fosters community with
like minded individuals who are passionate about nourishing food, our planet, and the Davis
community. It also creates opportunities for local farms and vendors, like me, to share their
crafts with our community. This past August the DFC became the first retail location to sell my
pressed flower earrings.

I want to see our co-op and community thrive. If elected, I hope to help the DFC flourish in its
sustainability efforts, as well as increasing the accessibility and inclusivity of the Co-op. With my
diverse set of skills and knowledge, I will bring a unique perspective and passion to the board,
centering around our local food system and our community.

If you have any questions, email me at ophenry@ucdavis.edu

ABOUT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Purpose 

The Board works on behalf of the Member-Ownership, to set the mission of the Co-op as well as monitor the operations and management of the store. 

Commitment

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 hours a month.

Benefits

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 also gain a variety of useful skills, such as business acumen, management experience, high-level communication, financial literacy, strategic thinking, and teamwork. 

Minimum Requirements

  • 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.

How to become a Candidate for the Board

 

The 2021 Declaration of Candidacy period has ended. Check back next year if you are interested in running for the 2022 Elections! If you have questions, you can email the Board of Directors at board@davisfood.coop.

 

How to get involved without being on the Board


DFC BOARD COMMITTEES

Interested in the board’s work? Join a committee! The following committees are open for all Owners to join.

Board Development Committee: Provides training for Directors. Contact the committee lead, trobinson@davisfood.coop

Elections Committee: Oversees the annual election. Contact the committee lead, sconselman@davisfood.coop

Governance Committee: Reviews board policies and procedures. Contact the committee lead, kcoontz@davisfood.coop

Strategic Plan Committee: Works with the general manager to develop and monitor the strategic plan for DFC. Contact the committee lead, tvalentine@davisfood.coop

Owner Engagement Committee: Provides opportunities for directors to interact with owners and customers. Contact the committee lead, msuoja@davisfood.coop

2020 Election Results


 

On June 8, 2020, the board of directors voted to accept the results of the election:
A total of 505 (5%) of our 10,096 eligible owners voted in the 2020 Spring Election. The electorate approved the 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes by a vote of 424 (97.9 %) vs. 9 (2.1%), and welcomed the following owners as directors:

  1. Madison Suoja (2020-2023 term), with 446 votes (37.1%)
  2. Sharon Tobar (2020-2023 term), with 435 votes (36.2%)
  3. Lorin Kalisky (2020-2023 term), with 321 votes (26.7%)

*In this election, there were three open seats on the board for three-year terms.

 

Thank you to all co-op owners who voted!