1. Why are cooperatives in general and Weavers Way in particular important to you?
My father was a shepherd in Italy. The only reason he was able to sustain our family and do what he loved most was because he became a vendor to a local dairy co-op. The powerful impact that this co-op had on many family-owned businesses is still deeply impressed in my memory. When I shop at Weavers Way, I feel that I support people who, like my father, do what they’re passionate about and focus on delivering the best products possible to consumers.
2. How will your experience, skills, and unique perspectives strengthen the Co-op Board?
I am a member of Coop Adriatica, the largest Italian consumer co-op. I grew up in a poor agricultural society; I know what it means for a family to balance a budget while eating healthy, locally grown food. I have a degree in Statistics and an MBA, am a past-member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineering Chicago Board and have worked professionally with many development boards.
3. What do you perceive to be the long- and short-term challenges facing Weavers Way and how would you address them?
Short-term, Weavers Way must meet traffic goals in Ambler and transform new members into frequent customers. Long-term, Weavers Way must innovate to succeed in an increasingly competitive landscape.
4. What volunteer experiences have you had with other cooperatives or organizations?
I’ve volunteered for SME, the Night Ministry, Andersonville Farmers’ Market and the International Employee Group at Princeton, and I was co-founder of the Princeton University Women Employee Group.
5. How can Board members better represent the opinions of the membership?
As a Board, we must learn about the diverse voices and interests of our membership. Surveys can help get ideas in front of members while focus groups can help gain deeper understanding on specific issues.