The board of directors is the governing body for owners of Eastside Food Co-op. It is composed of nine people, all Eastside owners, elected by owners. Terms for elected board members range from one to three years as needed so no more than three terms are scheduled to expire every year.

The board is responsible for ensuring sound management of the co-op on behalf of all Eastside owners. This work includes setting expectations by developing written policies; delegating responsibility for the achievement of stated objectives; and monitoring compliance with written policies.

The board focuses on the big-picture vision of Eastside rather than day-to-day operations. Their long-range strategic planning and financial oversight help position Eastside to anticipate trends, weather industry changes and align its work with the values of its owners. The board also oversees recruitment of replacement directors and recommends updates to the articles and bylaws, the legal documents that define and guide the co-op.

2019 Board of Directors

Sue Jaeger  Board President Operations Manager US Bank

Sue Jaeger
Board President
Operations Manager
US Bank

Monica Lewis  Board Vice President Retired Attorney Estate & Elder Law Services

Monica Lewis
Board Vice President
Retired Attorney
Estate & Elder Law Services

Ginny Sutton  Board Secretary Nanny & Graphic Designer

Ginny Sutton
Board Secretary
Nanny & Graphic Designer

Jennifer Anderson  Board Treasurer Senior Financial Analyst Ecolab

Jennifer Anderson
Board Treasurer
Senior Financial Analyst
Ecolab

Thomas Dambrine  Board Member Director of Operations, Midwest Le Pain Quotidien

Thomas Dambrine
Board Member
Director of Operations, Midwest
Le Pain Quotidien

Amanda Degener  Board Member Owner & Paper Artist Cave Paper

Amanda Degener
Board Member
Owner & Paper Artist
Cave Paper

Tom Dunnwald  Board Member Attorney Dunnwald Law

Tom Dunnwald
Board Member
Attorney
Dunnwald Law

George Fischer  Board Member Application Architect Optum

George Fischer
Board Member
Application Architect
Optum

 

Elections

Owner elections are held annually each fall. This year owners will elect four board members, vote on proposed updates to the bylaws and help select the 2020 Seedlings recipients. Information about the board-recommended bylaws update is now available. Candidate information and Seedlings applicant profiles will be published with the annual report in September.

Meetings

Eastside Food Co-op owners are welcome to attend board meetings, held the second Monday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the Community Room. Space is limited; contact the board to RSVP.

Download the most recent board meeting agenda and board meeting minutes for more information about current board issues and initiatives.

The board has four committees which meet monthly. Owner engagement committee meetings are held the first Monday of the month from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, with strategic planning committee meetings following from 7:30 – 8:30 PM. Board development committee meetings are held the fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, with board governance committee meetings following from 7:30 – 8:30 PM. Board committee meeting minutes are available upon request.

Policy Governance

Many non-profit organizations and food co-ops, including Eastside Food Co-op, use a system of board governance called “Policy Governance” developed by John Carver. In this model, the board drafts policy in four categories to direct the cooperative:

  1. Ends.
    The board defines which customer results are to be achieved, for whom, and at what cost.

  2. Executive limitations.
    The board establishes the boundaries of acceptability within which methods and activities can responsibly be left to staff. These limiting policies apply to staff means rather than to ends.

  3. Board-staff linkage.
    The board clarifies the manner in which it delegates authority to staff as well as how it evaluates staff performance on achievement of the ends and executive limitations policies.

  4. Governance process.
    The board determines its philosophy, its accountability, and the specifics of its own job.

Interested in learning more about the cooperative business model? Have a question about policy governance? Considering board candidacy? Want to attend an upcoming board meeting?