The Co-op is governed by a board, and everyone on the board is a community member or staff member and a Co-op owner.  Anyone who is an owner can run for the board, and every owner gets to vote for board members every year.

Board Members are committed to representing the Co-op’s owners, and voicing the values and goals of Co-op members. The main responsibilities of the board are to:

– Set the goals and values of the co-op (learn more here).

– Hire a General Manager, and evaluate their performance.

– Hold the GM accountable for the overall success of Co-op.

Our Co-op is built by Durham and dedicated to serving Durham. The Board exists so the Durham Co-op Market can achieve the most for its Owners and the Durham community!

Current Board Members

Summer Alston ( – Summer’s passion is Durham, and she embraces the Bull City’s grit and greatness. Through her work for the City of Durham’s Office and Economic and Workforce Development, Summer seeks to maximize the ways in which the private and public sectors collaborate to make Durham a resilient community, and a model for the region and beyond. The experience of every human in Durham is very personal to Summer. Summer is a contributor to notable Durham economic initiatives including development of The Chesterfield, the Durham Innovation District, and the current Durham Police Headquarters site. Summer has worked with Greenfire Development, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and Duke University. A Soul City, Warren County, North Carolina native, Summer now considers Durham home. She is a proud mom to Brenna and Obren, and life-mate to Bobby. A Tar Heel through and through, Summer holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has served the City of Durham since 2014.

Amelia Freeman-Lynde ( has called Durham home since 2011, following 10 years in New York City as a student and theater artist. From family meals in her Georgia hometown to becoming involved in Durham’s vibrant local food scene, her love of food has provided a connection to her community and a deep appreciation for sustainable food systems. As the Market grows, she would like to see a continued effort to merge locally-sourced and wholesome foods with affordable and accessible groceries for the entire community, but especially neighborhood residents.  She is committed to helping the Market continue efforts to reduce its environmental impact through bulk and refillable products, minimal waste packaging, and local produce and goods.  In addition to her involvement with the DCM board, Amelia works at the Scrap Exchange and the Carolina Theatre, and is a dedicated crafter and chicken-keeper.

Lenore Hill ( was born in Durham and lived here for 14 years before moving to Hillsborough, studied computer science at Duke, and has worked in Durham since 2000. Lenore is an IT analyst and artist, who volunteers with Splat Space, the Durham FM Association, and the Triangle Linux User’s group. She tries to understand the points of view of others, frequently plays devil’s advocate, and realizes that people’s viewpoints and temperaments are often colored by external unknown circumstances. She is a frequent attendee at Co-op events and meetings, and a lover of cheese.

Beth Katz ( is a Co-director at Food Insight Group (FIG), a Durham-based food systems research organization. Beth is passionate about the intersections of food, environment, culture, and social justice. She holds a PhD in Nutrition Intervention and Policy from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Global Public Health and has worked across North Carolina and around the world to help communities identify food system challenges and address them by leveraging community strengths. At FIG, Beth works with farmers, grocery retailers, schools, nonprofits, foundations, and community development financial institutions to research and implement a variety of ways to strengthen community food systems. She strongly believes in the power of food to connect people and hopes to support those positive connections through her work. Beth loves spending time outside hiking, biking, and exploring with her partner and dog. She also enjoys learning new ways to grow, cook, and preserve food.

Alisa Johnson ( is an associate professor of African American literature at Meredith College and holder of the Mary Lynch Johnson Chair in English.  She received her BA from Guilford College and her MA and Ph.D from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has a passion for dance, music, theatre, and film, and is the organizer of the Meredith College Documentary Film Festival.  Alisa moved to Durham to work for the Independent (now the Indy Week ) and  is the current chair of the Southwest Central Durham Quality of Life Project.  For this longtime resident of the Burch Avenue neighborhood, which advocated for the revitalization of  West Chapel Hill Street for over 20 years, the Durham Coop Market really is a dream come true.

Drew Peng ( grew up in Chapel Hill and has spent the past 12 years working in management consulting, consumer packaged goods, and private equity.  He is a frequent shopper at Weaver Street Market, and strongly believes that the co-op model has a place in Durham’s burgeoning food scene.  Drew joined the DCM Finance & Development committee in 2010 and looks forward to contributing his experiences in finance, investing, and retail to help launch DCM.  He enjoys working with startup organizations and aspires to own his own business one day (in addition to being a co-owner in DCM).  Drew received his B.S. in engineering from Northwestern University and is a proud graduate of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro public school system. Drew is our current Board President

Julian Xie ( – is an MD/MPP dual degree student at the Duke University School of Medicine and Sanford School of Public Policy, and a Margolis Scholar in Health Policy and Management. He worked up an appetite for building a better food system through his involvement with Duke Campus Farm, volunteering with organizations like Meals on Wheels, and being a Durham Co-op member. Julian previously worked at the Duke Program on Global Health and Technology Access on developing and communicating policy strategies. At Duke Med, he founded Root Causes, a student organization dedicated to bringing healthcare and food systems together through service, education, and advocacy. Root Causes founded the Duke Outpatient Clinic Fresh Produce Program which engages community gardening, food advocacy, and issues of food insecurity. Julian is also a coordinating council member of the Durham Farm and Food Network and student steering committee member of the Duke World Food Policy Center. Julian loves to cook, and also writes and performs music in Durham.