Current member of: Weavers Way Food Co-op (3 years); I have been member of Park Slope Coop, Madison Community Cooperative (WI), and several others.
What roles have you served in co-ops, nonprofits, or other membership organizations (Board, staff, etc.)? I was house liaison for Madison Community Cooperative. I was founding board member for the Zen Center for Contemplative Care. I serve on the Steering Committee for The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College, and founding board member for Proud of Organic Philadelphia. Worked for The Center for New Economics.
Why are cooperatives important to you and to the Philadelphia area? Cooperatives are key way to invigorate a just economy, where profits stay local and distributed in more equitable ways. They also help build and maintain community, giving a greater number of people creative input into organizations that have determining impact on their wellbeing. It seems to me, that given the likely increased retreat of federal dollars, cooperatives in Philadelphia can not only help relieve the austerity, but can also help imagine and build better futures.
Has experience in the following: Group process and decision-making; Meeting facilitation; Public speaking; Writing newsletter articles; Accounting or finances—yes but not good at this; Project management; Nonprofit organization experience; Volunteer programs; Past or present participation on a board of directors; Business or retail experience
How will your experience, skills or unique perspectives strengthen the PACA Board? I have a variety of experiences in multiple organizations. I currently work with community environmental organizations in North and S. West Philly, which has given me insight into different neighborhoods. I also have access to resources at Haverford College, including student labor. I also worked for the Center for New Economics, which gave me experience on local currencies, land trusts, and community outreach.
Where do you see PACA in 5 years? I see PACA as developing stable funding and playing a key role in making sure that Philadelphia’s economic growth benefits more people. I think there’s great potential to channel and intensive the amazing neighborhood energy and positive aspects of Philly pride.
As you think about the three primary board roles—ambassador, advocate, and asker—in which role(s) do you think you will want to be most active. Advocate and ambassador.