Serve your community!
The TPSS Co-op depends on its member-owners, employees, local farmers and other suppliers to ensure its continued success as a reliable place for healthy food. The Co-op also depends on the leadership of its Board of Representatives - member-owners just like you who are diverse, passionate, and interested in creating a better community and world! Each year, the Co-op seeks inspired, thoughtful, skillful, and dedicated member-owners to run for open seats on the Board. Member-owners elected to the Board will serve a three-year term starting December 1. We urge you to consider running for the Board!
WHO WE ARE
The Board of Representatives is a group of nine member-owners, elected by their fellow member-owners to govern the organization on behalf of all member-owners. The Board is responsible for ensuring the well-being, perpetuity and financial success of TPSS Co-op in accordance with the Bylaws and philosophy of the organization.
THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY ON THE CO-OP BOARD
The Co-op is a space for all of us with the mission of access to healthful food at the center. For the Co-op to be truly representative of all its member-owners, employees, shoppers, and the community within which it sits, all must have a seat at the governance table. Our work as board members is centered in making real the concept of diversity, inclusion, and equity, so that our vision and decisions reflect what is best, not only for the Co-op, but for all its stakeholders.
Under a system known as Policy Governance, the board’s role is to:
- Set strategic direction for the Co-op: We do this by developing and overseeing policies that guide the Co-op in providing healthy food, in a manner that is sustainable, fair, equitable and serves the community.
- Evaluate the performance of the General Manager: We monitor the GM’s performance through policies that grant the GM flexibility to be creative in running the store while ensuring that the Board receives all information necessary to execute our duties.
- Ensure that the assets of the Co-op are protected: We assess and oversee issues in member and community service and finance. Activities include updating the Co-op’s bylaws, approving contracts not delegated to the GM, and conducting an annual meeting for all member-owners.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTION TO THE BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES
- Board members must be member-owners of TPSS Co-op in good standing.
- Co-op employees who are member-owners are eligible to run. If elected, a Co-op employee will be representing the membership at large, not the staff of the Co-op.
- A Board member may not have a conflict of interest resulting from an affiliation with any enterprise that is in competition with the Co-op.
- Once elected, each Board member must sign a confidentiality agreement and disclose any potential conflicts of interest.
- Board members must be able to attend monthly meetings and contribute to the work of Board committees. Often a time commitment of ten hours or more per month is needed. Board members are also expected to be familiar with the bylaws and policies of the Co-op.
2022 ELECTION DATES
· Deadline for board applications: Thursday Oct 13
· Date for commencement of voting: Friday October 14
· Date of fall membership meeting and candidate forum: Sunday October 16
· Last day to vote: Friday November 11
· Date for counting votes: Tuesday November 15
· Board certifies election results: Thursday November 17
· New Board terms start on: Thursday December 1
Board Representatives will receive a TPSS gift card monthly stipend in the amounts specified in Appendix A of the Bylaws:
- $75 for Board Representatives not serving as officers
- $100 for Board Representatives serving as an officer other than President
- $125 for the Board Representative serving as President
Such stipends are considered taxable income. Board Representatives must complete a W-9 and will receive a 1099 from TPSS for tax reporting. The Board commits itself and its representatives to ethical and businesslike conduct, including proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when acting as Representatives.
You will gain financial literacy, strategic thinking management experience and business acumen. Joining the Board is an excellent opportunity to learn and practice good leadership and governance, serve your community and to help steer the future of our cooperative.
- Learn more about the Co-op, the Board, its system of governance, and the qualities and commitment required of an effective Board member. The information outlined above provides basic information to get started. See our Governance page for more details.
- Attend at least one Board meeting in advance of joining the Board. Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month and are currently conducted on-line.
- Attend the Fall member meeting. During the “Meet the Candidates” segment of the meeting you will have time to make a statement and answer questions from other member-owners.
- Complete and submit the BOARD APPLICATION FORM, along with a digital photograph. All submissions should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also submit a paper application to the manager on duty at the store. Application materials or photos may not be changed once submitted, and all nominations are subject to verification.
- Candidates receiving the highest vote totals will be elected to three-year terms that begin on December 1, 2022.
2021 Election Results:
52 total votes
0 disqualified votes
- Katea Stitt- 52
- Bob Gibson- 52
- Esteban de Dobrzynski- 52
2020 Election Results:
297 total votes
27 disqualified votes
- Diane Curran- 210
- Adam Frank- 180
- Elizabeth Teuwen- 150
- Citlalli Velasquez- 132
Elias Vlanton- 110
Esteban de Dobrzynski- 88
Toni Tileva- 75
2019 Election Results:
216 total votes
33 disqualified votes
- Susan Cho- 144
- Fred Feinstein- 128
- Katherine Tsantiris- 116
- Bob Gibson- 110
Susan West Montgomery- 94
Elias Vlanton- 41
2018 Election Results:
288 total votes
36 disqualified votes
- Katea Stitt- 179
- Julia Eddy- 166
- Sawa Kamara- 134
Bob Gibson- 129
Sat Jiwan Ikle-Khalsa- 124
Greg Ross- 17