Olympia Food Co-op Board Elections 2021

Thank you for exercising your member right to vote in the Olympia Food Co-op 2021 Elections. By casting your vote, you’ll be participating in over 40 years of tradition. By selecting members of our community to serve the Co-op on your behalf, you’ll drive our mission and values.

Ballots accepted from 9 a.m. October 15th until 9:00 p.m. on November 15th. Once you submit your ballot, you will not be able to edit your responses. Your name and either address or email are required in order to verify your membership. Your ballot will not be considered valid without this identifying information.

For help contact: memberrelations@olympiafood.coop

Board Candidates


Tanzania K. Ertel

  1. Why do you want to join the Co-op Board of Directors?
    I have always been drawn to local opportunities that would allow me to expand my social network, vocational skill set, and my overall life experience by way of being a voice for my community. I genuinely believe in what the Co-op represents to the people of the surrounding area, and I can’t deny that the idea of becoming an integral part of decision making in such a loved and supported organization is as personally motivating as it is exciting! I practice a vegetarian/pescatarian lifestyle with my blended family and our absolute go-to place for healthy choices, the freshest produce, and obscure and top-chef items is, of course, the historic West Side location. Tucked away in a small and long-standing neighborhood, this unique organization has fascinated me since I became a resident of the Burbank neighborhood last year. As a customer and neighbor, I appreciate the multifaceted relationship the co-op has built with it’s collective over the years. The teacher and advocate in me both long to add grace and fire to what should and could be done to better the store.

  2. What skills and abilities would you bring to the Board?
    I am a professional through and through, an assertive public speaker, an equity trainer, an aspiring Holistic Health Practitioner, and I hold multiple state certifications in the areas of behavior, mental health, public health, wellness, and logistics. I’m also known for providing emerging, yet holistically influenced curriculum through behavior intervention as an approach to case management/counseling. I feel that is paramount for the overall mental wellness of the people of Thurston County. I’ve expressed the ability to successfully do this through my experience as a Behavioral Interventionist, Lead Preschool Teacher, Autism and Special Education Para-educator, and creating and facilitating my own curriculum programming. Practicing integrity and cultural competence is a passion I wish to share with others. Collaboration is key!

  3. What vision do you have for the Co-op?
    My vision for the co-op is like one that I have for my own life: to experience consistent growth, maintain financial freedom & success, nurture ideas into fruition, cultivate meaningful relationships with all involved as well as build a strong network of ongoing support of one another. This is my personal goal and professional promise. I truly hope to be considered for this exceptional responsibility. I would honor the role through these three little words: passion, professionalism, and prosperity.

  4. What else would you like to share?
    I am a mother of 4 and the wildly blessed partner to my forever person, a medically retired Army veteran, the 2nd oldest of 4 siblings, a karaoke queen, a lifetime learner, a promoter of self-love, a protector of those who have been historically oppressed, a survivor of trauma, a magical being, and a forced to reckoned with in the best way possible. I’m ready to do the work. Thank you!

Trudy L. Springer

  1. Why do you want to join the Co-op Board of Directors?
    I want to work to make our Co-op the best it can be. As a working member for five years I’ve heard concerns raised by staff, members and working members, about perceptions of unfair treatment, lack of transparency in practices and communication problems. I possess many skills I believe may help address these issues.

  2. What skills and abilities would you bring to the Board?
    My experiences working in social service jobs advocating for unhoused individuals, and people living with AIDS, and working as a union and community organizer helping people build coalitions and successful campaigns grounded in critical research, have equipped me in supporting diverse populations with an emphasis on developing effective communication skills. As a housing councilor I brought landlords and tenants together, encouraging them to remain focused on the issues, not their emotions, to negotiate agreements that met the needs of both parties.As a community and union organizer I worked with many diverse groups: senior centers, churches, coalitions, and both management and workers in a variety of industries developing skills in strategies and tactics to achieve goals.

  3. What vision do you have for the Co-op?
    I envision the co-op developing more equitable relationships among staff, board, working members and the general membership.I want members to feel further engaged in the co-op, by offering them greater opportunities to be heard and to participate, while strengthening our open communication and justice practices.

  4. What else would you like to share?
    As a community organizer I was able to teach leaders to view opponents as strategic opposition, not enemies, always leaving them a way out with dignity and grace because today’s opponent may be tomorrow’s ally, an asset I feel will greatly enhance the co-op’s relationships within the community.I have worked for the Pierce County AIDS Foundation, the Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Center, Mystic Seaport Museum, Pierce County Housing, Stonington Community Credit Union, the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union, Washington Fair Share and the Tacoma Light Brigade.

    This extensive background has enriched and broadened my skills in communication, planning, strategies and tactics, all qualities I feel may benefit the co-op.


Wendy Davis

  1. Why do you want to join the Co-op Board of Directors?
    I recently joined the co op and would like to be involved with it and the Olympia community. I’ve wanted to join for quite sometime, but didn’t know much about it. I would like to make the community more aware that it is accessible to everyone.

  2. What skills and abilities would you bring to the Board?
    I am familiar with Olympia and have a BA in community studies from Evergreen. I am friendly and respectful. I have clerical skills and am proficient with computers. I also love people.

  3. What vision do you have for the Co-op?
    To provide quality and sustainable products in a fair and friendly environment while making sure that everyone feels welcome.

  4. What else would you like to share?
    Thank you!