• Board of Directors

    Democratically Elected

Seward Co-op’s Board of Directors is comprised of nine elected co-op owners who serve the co-op for three-year terms. The board typically meets 9-10 times a year on the last Tuesday of the month, at 6:15 p.m.  Co-op owners are welcome to observe; your advance RSVP is politely requested. Please email board@seward.coop in advance of the meeting to indicate your intention to attend. This will allow us to provide you the virtual meeting link.

Results of the 2020 board of directors election are available here.

How Does the Board Operate?

Seward Co-op's board uses Policy Governance to structure and organize their work.

Seward Co-op’s board uses Policy Governance, a detailed and comprehensive method that structures and organizes their work. This type of governance uses policies to guide the General Manager (GM) to progress towards stated goals (Ends) of the co-op while staying within established boundaries. Through reports from the General Manager, external reports, and the board’s internal monitoring, policies and goals are evaluated and updated regularly. The policies and Ends Statement serve as a guide for the General Manager and establish guidelines for the board’s evaluation of the GM’s performance.

Using Policy Governance helps ensure that the board does not involve itself in any areas of co-op operations, while ensuring that the business runs optimally. Through the Ends Statement, the board establishes the vision and goals that co-op management is to pursue and achieve. The GM decides how to achieve these Ends and presents the board with documentation showing that they have achieved them. The board then reviews the presented information, determining if the Ends have been met.

In addition to managing the General Manager through Policy Governance, the co-op’s board also embarks on study to garner a greater understanding of food co-ops and related industry issues, including exploration of the Food Bill and the politics behind it. Currently, the board is building an understanding of the cooperative business model and its place in our economy as a means to better guide the vision of Seward Co-op.

Employees on the Board

Seward Co-op is unique in that up to two board seats may be filled by employees.

At Seward Co-op, one of the nine seats on the board is reserved for the Designated Employee Director. Additionally, the co-op’s articles and bylaws allow up to two seats to be filled by current employees. This means employees may also choose to run for an at-large seat. Currently one employee is a director on Seward Co-op’s board.

Attend Our Board Meetings

The board typically meets 9-10 times a year on the last Tuesday of the month, at 6:15 p.m. The next monthly board meeting is virtual and will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24. The Nov. 24 meeting will include a 10-minute Co-op Owners Comment Period. The board of directors planned this in response to community members’ requests to address the board. Individual time allotment is dependent on number of owners who wish to speak. The agenda is available here. Co-op owners are welcome to observe and an advance RSVP is politely requested. To indicate your intention to attend and/or participate in the Co-op Owners Comment Period, please email board@seward.coop prior to Nov. 24. This will allow us to provide you the virtual meeting link.

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Who is on the Board?

Seward Co-op’s directors bring a wealth of varied backgrounds and skills to the board. They are united in their shared passion for Seward Co-op and the cooperative business model. Click on the photos below to learn a bit about each of them.

Connect with our Board of Directors

The co-op’s board of directors appreciates hearing from you! They are available to answer questions and provide information about co-op governance. Please email board@seward.coop