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.


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:

Register for the Board Meeting

Joining the Board

This year Board elections will begin with a presentation of the candidates at the Annual Meeting General Meeting (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 TBD based upon the Annual General Meeting date.

Food Conspiracy Co-op Board Candidate Application

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]

Board of Directors

Kevin Hendricks


Appointed Term: 2023 – 2024

Kathleen Williamson

Vice President

Elected Term: 2022 – 2025

Lovisa Axtell


Elected Term: 2023-2026

Guru Das Bock


Elected Term: 2021-2024

Samantha Banchy

Elected Term: 2022 – 2025

Linda Green

Elected Term: 2021 – 2024

Rick Siegrist

Appointed Term: 2023 – 2024

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