1) Please describe your connection to People's, such as what draws you here, your involvement thus far?
I first learned of People's in 1998 when I was visiting a good friend who had recently moved to Portland. When I moved here in late 1999 I quickly became a Member-Owner and Hands-on-Owner. I became a substitute staff member around 2004 and have been working in this position ever since. I feel both the length of my involvement with People's and my somewhat unique position as a substitute staff member gives me a deeper understanding of how People's has evolved and changed over the years and a really good perspective on what will help move the Co-op forward in our changing times.
2) What important experience, skills, and perspective would you bring to the board as a director?
I've never been on a board before, but I believe my relationship with People's staff, Member-Owners and shoppers gives me a valuable and unique viewpoint on what the coop needs to consider as we evaluate our long term plan and move forward in a changing and dynamic Portland.
3) How do you think Peoples can continue to be a force for positive change and food justice in Portland as we face a tough political and economic climate?
I think the most important thing as People's continues to be a force for positive change in our current political climate are to stay true to our Ends. Following these guiding principles is one of the things that truly set People's apart from other grocery stores.
4) What does food justice mean to you?
Food justice itself is a fairly simple concept; it has a lovely definition that I completely agree with, if you Google search it. However how it plays out on a day-to-day basis at the Co-op or in our daily lives is more complicated. I believe our Ends addresses the concepts encompassed by the idea of food justice. I believe as we grow as a community if we continually strive to make decisions based on our Ends we will continue to bring the core ideas of food justice into our store, onto our shelves and into our lives, strengthening local communities, supporting the people, animals and land that create the food that nourishes each of us.