Board of Directors

‘To me, the co-op is like a member of our family.  Knowing that we support an organization that shares the same values is important.  One way I can show my support is by using my leadership, food background, and business skills to serve on the board of directors to help ensure that the co-op will continue to serve the community, now and in the future.’
-Alex Slichter, TCCP Board President Emeritus

The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-ops, Wedge Table, and Co-op Partners Warehouse are governed by an elected Board of Directors.  In 2017’s consolidation of the Wedge & Linden Hills co-ops to become Twin Cities Co-op Partners (TCCP), the Wedge & Linden Hills boards each independently elected three individuals to move forward to the new board. That group of six individuals then recommended a seventh board seat, along with a chair emeritus position.  In 2018, the chair emeritus position expired, and the board recommended an eighth board seat.  The Board meets regularly and reports on the state of TCCP at its Annual Meeting every autumn.

2020 Board Election Results

Thank you to all who voted, 1059 owners voted in this year’s election! Tom Pierson, Leah Korger and Sophia Nelson are our newly elected TCCP Board members.

CANDIDATE VOTES                                                          
TOM PIERSON, Incumbent 579 (18.9%)
LEAH KORGER 507 (16.6%)
SOPHIA NELSON 502 (16.4%)
LIZZIE BREYER 387 (12.7%)
DIANE HARPER 379 (12.4%)
PAMELA YORK 315 (10.3%)
ERICH SELVIG 201 (6.6%)

Board Role and Duties

The Board of Directors has three primary duties:

  • To ensure sound management of the co-op
  • To act as trustees on behalf of the ownership
  • To set long-range goals and plan for the future

To fulfill these responsibilities, the Board of Directors focuses on four key areas:

  • Hiring and evaluating the CEO
  • Financial oversight
  • Long-range strategic planning
  • Recruitment of replacement directors

Directors act in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Conduct

The Board also oversees elections and recommends updates to the Articles and Bylaws, the legal documents that define and guide the co-op.

Directors must look after the best interests of the co-op as a whole in a changing business environment. That means that policies and practices at the co-op may change over time.

Owners are welcome to attend the board meetings. If you want to contact the co-op’s Board of Directors, please use the contact us form and be sure to select the appropriate category.

Board Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the board to set long-term goals and ensure planning for the future, ensure sound management of co-op resources, and act as trustees on behalf of the owners.

To fulfill these responsibilities, the Board of Directors must focus on these key areas:

  • Hiring, supervising and evaluating the co-op’s CEO.
  • Planning for the co-op’s future and approving management’s plans
  • Approving capital and operating budgets
  • Recruiting new directors to ensure a well-qualified board
  • Making decisions about the mechanics of the co-op’s governance system, development of policies and guidelines and other related matters, (Note: The board does NOT make operating decisions for the store, choose products or supervise staff other than the CEO).

Expectations of Board Members:

  • Understand and promote the mission of the Twin Cities Co-op Partners
  • Understand the role of the Board of Directors
  • Act in the interests of the all owners, not a specific constituency
  • Attend meetings faithfully and serve on committees effectively (10-20 hours/month time commitment, depending on committee assignments and intensity of board work which may vary over time)
  • Assess their own performance as board directors
  • Act in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Conduct
  • Assure continuity of the highest quality in board directorship

Current Board

President:  Sarita Parikh
Vice President:  Me’Lea Connelly
Treasurer: Lisa Fittipaldi
Secretary: Steve Share
Directors: Tom Pierson, Emily Anderson, Jane Schommer, Leah Korger, Sophia Nelson

Learn more about our current board and read bios HERE

Board Meetings

Upcoming Board Meetings

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the board is holding all meetings virtually until further notice. They continue to respond to owner questions and concerns.  Please call 612-871-3993 (x1817) or email to contact them.

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020
  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Board meetings typically begin at 5:30 pm and are held at the Wedge Table Community Room unless otherwise noted.

Owners are welcome to attend regularly scheduled Board meetings.  If you are interested in attending, please email or call 612.871.3993 x1817 at least one day in advance of the meetings.

To contact the Board, or to inquire about making a presentation to the Board, please email or call 612.871.3993 x1817. 

Owner Attendance & Presentations at Board of Directors Meetings

Approved regular session Board meeting minutes are available to owners upon request.

Become a Candidate

A qualified board candidate is a co-op member with a passion for our community, strong leadership skills and a collaborative approach. We seek board candidates who can engage in respectful debate and dialogue, bringing their unique perspectives and skills to the conversation.

The position requires an average commitment of 10–20 hours per month and offers a stipend of $7,302 per year.

Elections are held annually each fall. Interested owners should complete the application and submit it to  Board Candidate Applications are due June 30, 2020. For more information about the joining the Board of Directors, see Board Role and DutiesBoard Responsibilities and Candidate Selection Criteria. 

Click here for the application: Board of Directors Candidate Application 

Candidate Selection Criteria

Reasons to Consider Running for the Board of Directors:
  • You want to make a contribution to your community
  • You want to give something back to your favorite co-op
  • You have talent and energy to share
  • You want to be actively involved in a representative democracy
Criteria Considered by the Nominations Committee for Board Candidates:
  • Active owner of record in good standing (may be verified with Customer Service)
  • Completed application and resume submitted prior to deadline
  • Ability to perform the responsibilities and expectations of board director
  • Commitment to the Code of Ethics and Conduct adopted by the TCCP Board of Directors
  • Good communication skills
  • Leadership qualities (listed below)
  • Understanding of the role of the Board of Directors
  • Ability to readily understand financial issues and read financial statements such as balance sheets
  • Previous board, committee or other group experience
Desirable Candidate Leadership Qualities:

The Board of Directors needs people with commitment to the entire ownership of the co-op, not just specific issues. If you possess the following leadership characteristics, or a good number of them, please consider applying.

  • Able to share a vision, a purpose, an ideal
  • Empowers others and delegates authority
  • Is creative, imaginative, and flexible
  • Respects multiple elements of diversity and diversity of thought
  • Displays candor and has the courage to challenge respectfully
  • Follows through on commitments
  • Understands balance between bottom line and larger organizational purpose
  • Able to maintain confidentiality when required
  • Able to work on a team
  • Able to put the interests of the whole body above the interests of a few
  • Able to think long term and see the big picture without getting bogged down in details
  • Previous experience working in a group or on a board and a background or expertise in finance, retail or wholesale management is a plus for candidates

Term: 3 years, beginning with the first board meeting following the October annual meeting

Compensation: $7,302 per year, paid monthly (more for officers)

Click here for the application: Board of Directors Candidate Application

Annual Report