WE Market Co-op Board of Directors.
The Whole Earth Grocery Board of Directors is a 7-9 governing body consisting of owners elected at the annual meeting. Each board member serves a three year term and understands that the position is a volunteer appointment (Board members do receive an optional 8% discount at the store in certain departments). Any owner, in good standing, is welcome to run for a board vacancy and we encourage interest! Apply via the link to the left or below. Candidates will be voted on during the annual meeting in the Spring. For more information, please contact us at:
The Role of the Board:
The main job of the BOD is to represent our members and their interests in our co-op. We facilitate our role as board under the Policy Governance Model (see the full register below). The key to policy governance is to focus the board's responsibilities into three areas: setting long term ends (or outcomes) and organizational limits; holding the general manager accountable for organizational performance within those ends and limits; and, creating an active dialog with the member/owners about updating the ends of the organization.
Board members commit to confidentiality, attending regular and special meetings fully prepared, sharing ideas, acting in a professional manner, attending training sessions, taking on leadership, serving on committees, and avoiding conflicts of interest.
Board members have a voice in shaping the future of the co-op while working with a group of people who share a commitment to a democratic process and a sustainable local economy.
The Board holds a monthly meeting on the last Monday of the month (unless stated otherwise on the board in the store) at the River Falls Public Library. This meeting is open to the public during our open sessions and we encourage visitors! Please meet with us at our next BOD meeting at 6pm.
2019 Board of Directors:
Tonya Schmitt-Vice President