Briar Patch CoOpAbout the BriarPatch Board of Directors

The BriarPatch Board of Directors’ purpose is to work together to create the long-term vision for our Co-op. They ensure that the Co-op remains financially healthy, provides a great workplace for our staff, and that we remain committed to being a model of a successful and equitable business that gives back to our community. The Board is an integral part of the spirit of BriarPatch.

The nine member Board represents and serves BriarPatch owners through annual elections. Directors serve three-year terms. They attend one board meeting per month.

What does a board meeting look like? 

We follow board procedures in meetings and practice Policy Governance, which basically means that the General

Manager oversees the store and staff and the Board, while not involved in store operations, oversees the General Manager. We recognize that these systems may be unfamiliar to many people who haven’t served on boards before, and we provide new board members with high quality training.

What else do we do?

Together, we learn about the grocery industry and other important issues that affect our Co-op and often have lively conversations on these topics. We discuss owners’ needs, but also future owners’ needs – much of what drives our work centers around the big question: how can BriarPatch continue to serve our community as our community continues to expand?

And we enjoy dinner, fellowship, friendship and an annual retreat, too!

What qualities should a board member have? 

We are interested in bringing diverse voices and experiences to our Board so that it truly represents the Co-op ownership, present and future. We hope you’ll consider joining us.

Please contact Board President Alana Lucia at alanal[@] if you have any additional questions about Directorship or the Election process.

Get Involved!

Apply to be a 2022 Board Candidate

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    Elections for Board Directors are held each year in May. Applications are accepted Oct 13, 2021 to January 31, 2022.

    For all information needed to understand what is required of applicants and the entire process of our elections, download the handbook.

    About Our Board of Directors

    Board Meetings

    Board Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month. Contact maryh[@] for more information. The upcoming meeting agenda is posted in the store at least one week prior to the meeting.

    Contact the Board

    To send a message to all the Directors, address an email to directors[@]

    Individual Directors’ email addresses are: their first name and last name initial, followed by “” (example: alanw[@]

    Paper letters left at the Customer Service Desk are picked up periodically.

    Board Committees

    To find out more about the Board’s standing committees, please add the following Committee names to the subject line when you email us at info[@]

    • Board Development Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Executive Committee
    • Governance Committee

    Select one of the tabs above to see more about getting involved with our Board.

    Read the 2020 BriarPatch Annual Report!

    BriarPatch Co-op’s Governing Documents

    BriarPatch Co-op Ends Policies

    BriarPatch Co-op exists so that owners, customers, and other members of our community have:

    1. A successful and vibrant cooperatively-owned business that acts as a leader among local businesses and food co-ops nationally, and contributes to environmental stewardship through its business practices.
    2. Access to high quality, healthy products, especially local and organic food.
    3. A community center where people experience a sense of connectedness, ownership and fellowship.
    4. A stronger local food system.
    5. A major employer that provides a healthy, fair, and considerate workplace for employees.
    6. Access to education about food and consumer issues that encourages customers to make healthier food choices.
    BriarPatch Board of Directors

    The BriarPatch Board of Directors governs using a system called Policy Governance, under which the Board explains, through its policies, what it expects of the organization. This involves clearly stating 1) the desired outcomes, through “Ends Policies” and 2) unacceptable outcomes, identified in “Executive Limitation Policies.”
    The Board delegates implementation of the policies on Ends and Executive Limitations to a General Manager. The General Manager is held accountable to these goals through a series of written reports documenting compliance. The Board also crafts policies regarding its relationship with the General Manager, and for its own governance process. For more information on the Policy Governance model visit


    To participate in our democratic process, you'll need to become an owner.

    Many people join for the tangible benefits, but there are some amazing values that you will support when you become a co-owner.