2019 Board Elections


Are you a Member-Owner of
the Portland Food Co-op?

  • Are you interested in how the Portland Food Co-op and the Board work to govern the Co-op?

  • Do you want to give voice to our Member-Owners’ interests and needs?

  • Do you want to help carry out the mission of the Portland Food Co-op?

  • Do you want to engage in the local and global food system in a meaningful way?

  • Do you have a vision and passion to advocate for building Portland’s local food movement and advancing a cooperatively owned, democratically run local business?

Then you, my friend, would make an excellent
Portland Food Co-op Board member!

This is your chance to be part of the guiding body of the Portland Food Co-op.

The Big Stuff

Access the Board Candidate Information Packet here.

Most everything that you need to know is located in this packet.

Access the Board Candidate Application here.

The application is a Google Form that needs to be completed by 11:59 pm on March 1st, 2019.

You must have a Gmail account to log into the form. The Board uses Google Drive for all of its work.
So, having a Gmail address and access to Google Drive are requirements for candidacy.

Highlights and important dates are also provided below.

Elections Timeline

Candidacy Eligibility & Requirements

  • Must be a Portland Food Co-op Member-Owner in good standing (equity payments up to date and have shopped within the past year).

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Must attend at least one PFC Board meeting and one info session by March 2019 (see dates below)

  • Must read the Board Candidate Packet

  • Must complete the Board Candidate Application (a Google Form) by 11:59 pm on March 1st, 2019.

  • You must have a Gmail account to log into the form. The Board uses Google Drive for all of its work, so having a Gmail address and access to Google Drive are requirements for candidacy.

  • Must not have an overriding conflict of interest

  • Able to provide a three-year commitment to serving on the Board

  • Have a familiarity with and commitment to adherence to the Co-op’s Bylaws and Governance Policies

  • Able to commit to 8-10 hours per month for preparation for and active participation in each monthly Board Meetings

  • Ability to attend occasional Board training sessions, the all-day annual Board Retreat (held on a Sunday in the spring), and the annual Member-Owner Meeting

  • Ability to understand financial statements (training provided)

  • Access to the internet, access to and familiarity with Google Drive (the Board uses Google Drive as the primary channel for all of its work), and availability to respond to frequent Board-related online communications

  • Willingness to take responsibility for Board duties and to work together with understanding, mutual support and respect

  • Understanding of and willingness to abide by the Board’s Policy Governance Model and Consensus Model as guideposts for our work.

  • Ability to keep information and materials confidential

  • Integrity, flexibility, and common sense

Cooperative Board Leadership 101

If you are interested in running for the Board, please consider attending Cooperative Board Leadership 101. This is an all-day class, held on Saturday, January 12th, in Keene, NH. It is presented by CDS Consulting Co-op, which is a co-op themselves, committed to co-op development and the widespread practice of cooperative values in business. Several people from our Co-op are attending, including current and prospective Board members.  This class provides a strong foundation for prospective board members by covering topics such as the cooperative principles, values and history, legal roles and responsibilities of board members, tools for cooperative governance, and financial understanding. PFC Board members are encouraged to attend this training either before or early into their Board tenure. It is offered annually. 

Email John Crane, our General Manager, at gm@portlandfood.coop if you are interested in attending.  Carpooling is available. 

Board of Directors Meet & Greet

If you are interested in running for the Board, we highly suggest attending the

Board of Directors Meet & Greet
Sunday, January 13th, 1pm-3pm
in the Co-op cafe 

This will be an chance to learn more about the work of the Board and see if perhaps Board service is right for you! Please be sure to RSVP.


Board Info Sessions

If you’re a Member-Owner who is interested in running for our Board, you must attend one info session and one Board meeting. This is a requirement for candidacy.

Info sessions will take place one hour prior to the Board Meeting at
409 Cumberland, Ave, Portland, ME 04101 on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 22, @ 6pm

  • Tuesday, February 26 @ 6pm

Board Meetings are held immediately afterward, from 7-9 pm.

Please email board@portlandfood.coop if you plan on attending either the info session, the Board meeting, or both

Not interested in running for the Board at this time?
You can still influence our leadership by voting!
Elections will happen in April.