Ownership and Board of Directors at Your Co-op

Becoming an Owner is simple and easy!

You can become an Owner for $180. You can choose to pay the equity quarterly, making a total of eight installments of $22.50; or pay the full $180 all at once. Your equity investment of $180 is fully refundable. If at some point you no longer want to be an Owner, you can sell your share back to us and we will refund the full $180 (or whatever amount to have paid up to that point).

Owner benefits:

  1. Take part in Owner only sale days.
  2. Option to receive e-receipts electronically for all shopping transactions.
  3. Ability to receive 20% off on special orders and bulk orders.
  4. In profitable years, receive a patronage rebate:  a cooperative practice of sharing earnings with owners of the Co-op.  A rebate returns a portion of the store profits back to you based upon how much you spent that year.
  5. Participate in Co-op decision-making by attending monthly Board meetings and voicing your opinions.
  6. Participate in annual elections by voting for Board members and on key decisions.
  7. The opportunity to run for the Board of Directors, after being an owner of the Co-op for six months.
  8. Have the experience of shopping where you own the store, being part of an organization that has nourished the community since 1971.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


About the Board

The Board of Directors (BOD) consists of nine members elected by our Owners, each serving a term of three years, or other available shorter terms when applicable.

Monthly Board of Directors Meetings

All Owners are welcome to attend meetings, and 10 minutes of open Owner time for comments or questions are scheduled on every meeting agenda. Owners who attend the full meeting will receive two 5% off discount Co-op shopping coupons valid for the month of the Board Meeting they attend.

Board of Directors meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from 6:30PM to approximately 8:30PM, currently via Zoom. To register for the Board Meeting, follow the link:

Food Conspiracy Board Meeting Registration

Joining the Board

This year Board elections will begin April 1st and end April 30th with a presentation of the candidates at the Annual Meeting General Meeting in April (date TBD). Completed applications can be sent to the Board via email [email protected] and [email protected]. To qualify to run for the Board, you must have been an Owner for at least six months and must have attended two or more board meetings, two committee meetings, or an introduction to Board work. This year’s deadline to apply to run for the Board is March 11th, 2022.

Board Candidate Application 2022

Board Member Time Commitment:

  • Approximately 8 – 12 hours/month
  • Attend regular meetings and work by email
  • Attend special Co-op events for membership and directorship

Questions for the Board?  Email [email protected]

Elections Open April 1 (no joke!), 2022!

All Food Conspiracy Owners are invited to vote for the 2022 – 23 Board of Directors Candidates. This year there are three (3) Candidates running for four (4) open seats. Each Owner number is allotted one vote. Learn about the 2022-23 Candidates in their own words below, then cast your vote by April 30th.

Click to cast your vote! Or read about the Candidates below.

Meet the 2022 Candidates

 Samantha B. Banchy

I’m native Tucsonan and I have worked in clinical research for 15+ years, working in health and wellness, infant and adult nutrition clinical trials. I am interested in supporting the co-op to improve the public’s access to nutritious groceries by connecting the community with the co-op to organic food resources that are already available to them. As a medical professional, access to organic foods has change my lifestyle and health forever.

I would like to contribute to my community and support the co-op on the board. It’s important to have a variety of peoples represented on the board. I am a gardener, and I was a garden site coordinator for 2 years at the base of ‘A’ mountain through the Tucson Community Gardens. As a long-time co-op owner, I would love to be of the team, the experience of others on the board is welcomed.

What motivates you to run for the Board?

I want to contribute to my community to help inform and connect the Tucson community to healthier food options. Research shows that eating healthier foods is prevention. We all need our more vulnerable community members to be able to know how to access organic and local foods.

What strengths, skills, or expertise would you bring to the Board?

My strengths are that I am dedicated to the Tucson community. I will always prioritize and build up the community that did the same to me. I can bring diversity to the board as I am musician, I’m 33, Hungarian-Turkish American third generation, I am fluent in Spanish & Portuguese.

What skills and experience do you have working cooperatively in a team
environment?

I prefer to work in a team and to collaborate with others. When we do this, we can focus, strategize, and build on the same goals together with the understanding that Speaking up or discussing a disagreement is vital to a team so we can all on the same page.

 

  Saul J. Ostroff

I’ve been a member, shopper, and now investor in the Coop for as long as I’ve been in Tucson, over 40 years. I have been asked by several people to run for the board and I want to give back for all the Coop has given me and my family. Coop employees have been very helpful giving me suggestions to improve my health and I see the Coop as a valuable community resource. Over the years I have taken my family, friends and students to shop at the Coop, to support likeminded farms and businesses.

What motivates you to run for the Board?

I am motivated to run for the board because I believe the Coop is vital to the health of people and the environment of Tucson.

What strengths, skills, or expertise would you bring to the Board?

My strengths are my ability to communicate, partner, and support diverse voices in reaching consensus for the good of all.

What skills and experience do you have working cooperatively in a team
environment?

I have worked on farms, on boards, on school teams, and have partnered with different organizations to make a better physical and social environment. Some of those organizations that I have worked with are BICAS, El Grupo, UofA, 4H, AZ Youth Partnership, Ward 1, FUGA, BTM, Notstros Academy, and Earn to Learn. As a teacher and a counselor, I want to connect the Coop with the youth and families of Tucson to grow together and thrive.

 

 Kathleen G. Williamson

I moved to Jerome, Arizona in 1974 and started buying bulk foods from the Co-op in 1976. In 1986, I moved to Tucson to attend the UA and joined the Co-op (#3342). The Co-op has been my main food shopping source and a friendly and cultural gathering place since. Over the decades, I’ve seen a lot of personnel, policy, and structural changes at the Co-op, but feel that the principals, quality, and mission has been consistently improving.

I have benefitted from the Coop and am inspired to give some time and energy back. I have also gathered experience, education, and some wisdom that I could share and could hopefully be an asset to the board. I believe that reducing plastics and waste and ensuring the availability, cultivation, and knowledge involved with local organic food is crucial for our personal, regional, and planetary wellbeing.

What motivates you to run for the Board?

I see the Co-op as integral to our community’s ability to provide quality organic and local foods as well as healthy education and networking to diverse economic and cultural populations, whether consumers or growers, in the Tucson and Southern Arizona area. I seek to lend some service to strengthen this trend.

What strengths, skills, or expertise would you bring to the Board?

My backgrounds in law, anthropology and organic food homesteading could be helpful. I currently serve as a board member and officer for Tucson Forward, Inc. (a non-profit corporation educating the public concerning military overflights). I served as a board member for KXCI, and have volunteered for various law, music, and anthropology organizations, as well as neighborhood associations. I have a good reputation and networks in diverse professional, social, and artistic communities in Tucson.

What skills and experience do you have working cooperatively in a team
environment?

Alongside the assets listed in [above], I would add that rafting with others last summer on the Colorado and San Juan Rivers required teamwork, which I enjoyed immensely. Being a member in various musical bands and productions for over fifty years has also provided opportunities to work as a team member.

 

Click to cast your vote!

2021-22 Board of Directors 

Kevin Hendricks

President
Elected Term: 2021 – 2023

Meredith Keith-Chirch

Vice President
Elected Term: 2019-2022

Gontran Zepeda

Secretary, Treasurer
Elected Term: 2019-2022

Sarah Abney

Elected Term: 2020-2023

Guru Das Bock

Elected Term: 2021-2024

Linda Green

Elected Term: 2021 – 2024

Fiore Iannacone

Elected Term: 2021 – 2024

Susan Silverman

Elected Term: 2020 – 2023

Mike Wahl

Elected Term: 2019-2022

About the Coop

What is a co-op? A co-op is an enterprise or organization jointly owned or managed by those who use its facilities or services. In our case, Food Conspiracy is owned by approximately 3,000 residents of Tucson and the surrounding areas. Because ownership is equally distributed into many shares, we have a strong democratic structure, ensuring that decisions are made to support our Owners’ needs rather than just increase profits for the benefit of a few.

Food Conspiracy Articles of Incorporation

Food Conspiracy Co-op Bylaws