Elections Committee Nominees

The Elections will spend time thinking about, and implementing, ways to make the Elections Process more empowering and impactful for Member-Owners, and ensure that the Board is comprised of representative and capable individuals. The committee will develop election-related materials; help find and recruit Member-Owners who could be great directors; manage the elections process; and communicate with Member-Owners about People’s elections. The committee will hold elections-related engagement events, and work in collaboration with the Board, throughout the year.

Like Board work, Elections Committee members can expect to review policy governance and bylaws, though to a lesser extent than Board members, and also will need excellent communication skills. Members will be expected to regularly attend meetings, respond to emails and phone calls in a timely way, and take on a share of the committee’s work. The committee ideally will be a blend of folks who are great at relating with people, and who can conceptualize, implement, and oversee a democratic elections system, including engaging events.

 
 
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Ellen Radovic

1) Please describe your connection to People's, such as what draws you here, your involvement thus far etc.

My initial connection is a history of belonging to food co-ops.  In fact, my first significant act upon moving to Portland was to become an Owner-Member of People’s.  My involvement until now, aside from frequent shopping and farmer’s market trips, has been to attend and engage in many of the Co-op’s community events, such as farm tours, social and economic justice discussions, long-term planning meetings, and a book group on farm worker justice.  While I’m not normally a “joiner”, I’ve always been drawn to collaborative, hands-on social justice organizations, and People’s is no exception in that regard.  I only hope to substantially increase my involvement in a deeper way, as well as my contributions of skills and experience, through work on the Elections Committee.

2) What important experience, skills, and perspective would you bring to the Elections Committee?  

As a former member of several non-profit boards and committees, I actively sought ways to improve the quality of services, the level of outreach, and the overall functioning of the organization and would do the same on the Elections Board Committee.  My skills include mediation, teaching, research, foreign languages, and making complex or difficult issues accessible through clear writing and open dialogue.  My experience includes work in the law, public health, and economics.  Above all, I deeply appreciate how supporting our local co-ops may be one of the few ways to save our broken food system and would like to make a modest contribution to that end.   

2) What do you see as the role of the Elections Committee? How do you intend to steward our Board and the Elections Process?

I believe the primary role is to foster and support the vibrancy and relevance of the Board by 1) increasing Member-Owner participation in elections and 2) encouraging those with a strong commitment and promising skills to actually run for the Board. As a Member of the Elections Committee, my first steps would be to familiarize myself with Board duties and aspirations and to understand issues that stand in the way of greater, more diverse Member-Owner participation in the voting process.  I also welcome the opportunity to work closely with the Board on discovering strategies to making elections more accessible, appealing, and relevant to the community.

3) What is the value of democratic organizations like People's in our community? Why does voting and the elections process matter? 

Unlike other elections in which candidates can hardly be said to represent our interests, a local co-op is precisely where our views can be expressed, many of our needs be met, and our participation be active and meaningful, whether through purchasing, organizing, learning and sharing information, engaging with the broader community, effecting change, or simply through our voting power.  We can get to know Board candidates and members (and even become one) and share our thoughts, ideas, and concerns with them.  I want to find ways to inspire People’s customers and neighbors to become Active Owners of an organization that still holds out so much opportunity to serve the community at large, well beyond those we meet at the store or the market.

 

Christopher Kirschbaum

1) Please describe your connection to People's, such as what draws you here, your involvement thus far etc.

I have been a Member-Owner for 5+ years. I’m particularly drawn to People’s Co-op because People’s has some of the best buying standards in town and does business with a social justice oriented Ends. I believe in the co-operative model. Schedule permitting, I attend the farmers market and events in the community room (including a few previous Board meetings).

2) What important experience, skills, and perspective would you bring to the Elections Committee?

I have 10+ years of experience with leadership/co-coordination of community groups, with an emphasis on social justice. I use values and principles to guide my decision making.

3) What do you see as the role of the Elections Committee? How do you intend to steward our Board and the Elections Process?

The Elections Committee facilitates engaged, committed, informed, and qualified candidates being elected onto the Board of Directors. I intend to steward the Board and the elections process by being knowledgeable about how the Board operates, what the commitments/requirements are of it’s members, and by gaining continual insight into the qualities that are helpful (as well as those that are hindrances) to contributing and cooperating on the Board. As well as asking questions, deep listening, and effectively communicating myself.

4) What is the value of democratic organizations like People's in our community? Why does voting and the elections process matter? 

I believe that everyone should have a seat, and a voice, at the table. Everyone has a right to have a say in things that effect them, including things that they care about. Voting and the elections process allows for Member-Owners to influence decisions that are made - helping guide the direction the co-op takes as it navigates the challenges and opportunities it faces.

Ballots are due by 10pm on July 15th.

Cast your vote by mail or in the store!