Run for Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is elected by the membership to serve a three year term for the Olympia Food Co-op. The  Board establishes policies, oversees the operating and capital budgets, approves plans and recommendations, and sets general guidelines for staff and working members. They hold ultimate legal responsibility for the operations and actions of the Co-op.

Board members also serve on various committees, such as finance, member relations, and expansion. Other responsibilities are listed in the bylaws, which the Board is responsible to uphold.

Board members receive working member credit for their time spent in Board and committee meetings. The monthly commitment ranges between 10 to 20 hours.

Elections are held October 15th – November 15th every year.

If you have any questions boardapplication@olympiafood.coop

Frequently Asked Questions

I have no experience, can I apply to be on the Board?

We encourage anyone with passion, commitment, and time to apply. Do you…

  • want to engage in board meetings and committee work?
  • want to learn about our co-op, or have prior experience with other co-ops?
  • want to learn about consensus decision making, or have prior experience in consensus decision making?
  • enjoy food, cooperatives, volunteering, the democratic process?

What are the benefits of participating as a Board member?

  • receive discounts on co-op purchases
  • receiving training on consensus decision-making and anti-oppression
  • learn about the Co-op’s finances, policies, general procedures, and history

What are the requirements for participation on the Board?

  • attend the monthly Board meetings
  • join 2 – 3 committees, with bi-weekly or monthly meetings
  • regularly read and respond to emails
  • a minimum commitment of 10 hours per month

To be eligible to run, a candidate must be…

  • a current member of the Olympia Food Co-op
  • willing to make a three year commitment as a Board Member
  • available for training in November, December, and early January
  • available the first weekend each June for our Board retreat

How do I find out more information prior to applying?