RUN FOR THE BOARD!

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.

COMMITMENT
Director candidates must be committed to the mission 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. In exchange, Directors receive 16.5% off all their purchases at the co-op and have dinner during their monthly Board meetings. Directors also gain skills through training and experience that support their professional and personal development.

EXPECTATIONS

  • 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.


  • BENEFICIAL EXPERIENCES
  • Business acumen
  • Communication skills
  • Management or board experience
  • Financial literacy
  • Strategic thinking experience
  • Teamwork
  • Experience with cooperatives


  • HOW TO BECOME A CANDIDATE FOR THE DFC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    If you'd like to run to serve on the Davis Food Co-op Board of Directors, submit the Declaration of Candidacy Form. You can submit the form online here, or print it and email, post or hand deliver it to Johanna Abasto, jabasto@davisfood.coop, 620 G Street Davis, CA 95616, 530-758-2667 ext. 152. The form must be received by March 20, 2020.

    If you have questions, you can email the Board of Directors at board@davisfood.coop.

    See DFC Board of Directors campaigning activities guidelines here.

    UNSURE ABOUT RUNNING?
  • Attend the Board Candidate Orientation
  • Attend one or more board meetings
  • Meet with the Board Development Committee
  • Meet with a current or former Director
  • Apply to serve on a Board committee



  • DFC BOARD COMMITTEES
    Interested in the board's work? Join a committee!

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

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

    2020 ELECTION CALENDAR

      12/7/19
      Elections calendar posted on the store Governance Board and on the DFC website

      1/7/20
      Deadline for receipt of Owner Initiatives for the election (120 days before the election, in accordance with DFC Board Policy C10)

      3/4/20
      Orientation for potential candidates, 6:30 PM, DFC Teaching Kitchen

      3/20/20
      Deadline for Owners to declare their candidacy for the Board of Directors

      3/26-5/7/20
      Declared candidates can arrange to campaign in a specific area at the store

      5/7/20
      Annual Meeting and start of balloting

      5/7-5/21/20
      Voting online and in the store

      6/8/20
      Board votes to accept the election results at final 2019-20 Board meeting

      Date TBD
      New Director Orientation will take place between 6/8 and 7/13/20

      7/13/20
      New Directors seated at first 2020-21 Board meeting



    Elections Procedure
    Elections Policy

    SPRING ELECTION 2019*


    On June 10, 2019, the board of directors voted to accept the results of the election:
    A total of 1125 (11%) of our 10,231 eligible owners voted in the 2019 Spring Election. The electorate approved the 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes by a vote of 998 (99.2 %) vs. 8 (0.8%), and welcomed the following owners as directors:

    1) Kim Coontz (2019-2022 term), with 935 votes (23.8%)

    2) Sandra Schickele (2019-2022 term), with 844 votes (21.5%)

    3) Samantha Conselman (2019-2022 term), with 805 votes (20.5%)

    4) Patrick Beckett (2019-2022 term), with 691 votes (17.6%)

    *In this election, there were four open seats on the board--three seats for three-year terms and one seat for a two-year term. The three-year terms went to the highest vote getters and the fourth two-year term went to the candidate who received the lowest number of votes.

    Thank you to all co-op owners who voted!