Run for a Seat on Ocean Beach People’s Food Board of Directors

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From November 2019 Newsletter – Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Market

[Editordude’s note: the following appeal is directed at People’s members.]

People’s Co-op’s Board of Directors (the board) is made up of member-owners like you. There are four open seats to be filled in the upcoming election, which will conclude at People’s Annual Meeting in April, 2020.

Qualifications include an interest in the continued success of People’s Co-op, experience working cooperatively in a group, and the willingness and ability to make a regular time commitments. Each director contributes approximately five to ten hours per month for up to a three year term. Most meetings are held on Monday evenings after 5 p.m. A few times a year, directors are required to attend weekend events such as People’s Annual Meeting and People’s Birthday Party.

The board makes policy and financial decisions to ensure that People’s Co-op remains strong and healthy, and is responsive to the needs of the membership. The board is also responsible for hiring and evaluating the Co-op’s General Manager, who handles the day-to-day operations of the business. Experience on a board, in business or in finance can be helpful, but is not required. Additionally, there are opportunities that may require out of town travel once or twice per year. Travel expenses are funded by the Co-op.

For more information email Sarela Bonilla at

Board candidate application forms are available at People’s. Applications are also available on the Co-op’s website at, by clicking the “Board of Directors” page link. All applications must be submitted in person at the Membership Desk, located on the second floor, no later than 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. At People’s, You Own It!

Special Appeal from Board of Directors

by Sarah Tipple, Board Director

In September, People’s General Manager, Jim Kase and I co-hosted a Board of Directors’ information table in front of the Co-op. The primary reason for doing this was to spread the word about the purpose and importance of the Board of Directors and its role in governing our food cooperative. We also spoke with our owners and community members about the health of the Co-op and the decision to close People’s O.B. Garden Cafe.

The board, which is comprised of three employee and six consumer owners, will hold its Annual Election in the spring of 2020. We spoke with many people who were surprised to learn that last year none of our Co-op owners ran as candidates in the board’s election.

The board would like to invite People’s member-owners to become involved in the Co-op, either by running as a candidate for the board or by joining a board committee. Owners are also encouraged to attend any of People’s board or committee meetings to learn more about the Co-op. Board and committee meeting times and dates are listed in each issue of People’s newsletter, as well as posted at the Co-op.
For owners who would like to apply to be a candidate in the upcoming board election, applications are available at People’s and on the Co-op’s website at We have four consumer directors’ seats to fill in the 2020 election.

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