From a Board perspective, what do you think are important issues facing the Co-op?
In my opinion, the top three most important issues facing the Co-op are: (1) increasing the Co-op’s efforts to provide lower prices for core food items, (2) furthering its efforts to support local food and agriculture by buying more food from local producers, and (3) working harder to increase the diversity of the Co-op’s staff and membership.
What strengths would you bring to the Board?
I started a bison ranch from scratch and work fulltime in local food and agriculture. My background also includes being a former attorney and working for almost 10 years with NRDC on environmental policy issues in Montana and the Northern Rockies. My wife and I have lived in Bozeman for over a decade, and we have two young children – buying good, healthy food at affordable prices is very important to us. Finally, I am a pragmatic person that focuses on tangible solutions and results.
What aspects of the Co-op Board of Directors do you find of interest?
As a current Board member, I have loved getting to know the amazing staff that makes the Co-op the incredible institution that it is. I also greatly enjoy working with the other Board members on how to continually improve the Co-op – both in the near term and the long term. I strongly believe that the Co-op provides great, great value for the Bozeman community, and I love working to build on the Co-op’s success and make a great place even greater.