1. What is your current Weavers Way shopping frequency? Describe your involvement in Weavers Way committees, projects, and activities.
I’ve been a Weavers Way member for over 15 years. My family shops at the Co-op regularly. We enjoy the produce, local dairy and prepared foods options. I have not volunteered previously.
2. Describe your experience with financial oversight, particularly of a business or organization’s budget and financial performance.
For over 25 years, I held leadership roles with Fannie Mae, a large financial services firm that included the oversight of business partner creditworthiness. I assessed operational and financial performance, mitigated risk exposure and negotiated business terms. I managed sizable teams with budgetary responsibility. My experience also includes serving as corporate counsel and working in stakeholder management with public officials and business partners, among others.
3. What do you perceive to be the long- and short-term challenges facing Weavers Way, and how should we address them?
The stores are located in communities where consumers have numerous options. The cooperative structure generates loyalty, but this highly competitive environment also challenges customer retention and increased purchases. I would work to deepen insight into shopper motivation and support agile responses that build upon the dedicated membership.
I admire the commitment to community. However, blending profitability with community service may be challenging, particularly with a geographically dispersed and multifaceted stakeholder group (Co-op members, employees, vendors, community partners, etc.). I would bring groups together to increase our collective understanding of the complicated business and social impact issues Weavers Way leaders manage daily.
4. What volunteer or professional experiences have you had with other cooperatives or organizations that will help you strengthen the Weavers Way Board?
Community stabilization motivates me. Neighborhoods thrive when they have financially healthy grocery stores committed to them. I’ve served on business and community advisory boards. I serve in a large local public service organization. Earlier in my career, I worked in marketing at Procter & Gamble, and I was a Future Farmer of America, having graduated from Saul High School.