Board Elections 2019

Owners get to vote and run for the Board! Elections for Board of Directors are coming up soon, and if you are an owner at the Durham Co-op Market, we invite you to take part in helping shape what the Co-op cares about and how those goals are accomplished.

Two (2) consumer-owner seats are open, and elections will occur leading up to and during the week of this year’s Annual Meeting, Sunday, November 3rd, 2019.

For details on how to apply, click HERE.


We are looking for folks who are committed to Durham to represent our owners. We want our board to be built by people who are passionate about sustainable food and willing to learn about business, financials, and cooperative grocery models. Candidates need to be active Durham Co-op members, able to make a 3-year commitment to the board, and willing to sign a conflict of interest disclosure form. Board responsibilities include attendance at regularly scheduled board meetings (the 2nd Wednesday of every month), service on committees as needed, participation in occasional off-site retreats and store events. Average monthly time commitment ranges from 3 to 8 hours.


We are stronger together! The Co-op wouldn’t be here without its owners and the members who choose to serve on our board in order to help us achieve our goals. The Co-op needs your perspective, input, and accountability to thrive. The Co-op exists to serve and support Durham, and your participation helps guide our future and influence. You help us live our values!

Serving on the board is also a great way to build leadership and strategic decision-making skills as well as gain training on cooperative principles and governance as part of a growth-focused, community-minded organization. As a board member, you take part in the growth of Durham’s sustainable, local food system. Plus you enjoy a 15% discount on all purchases at the Co-op.

Co-ops are unique within the food system, and Durham Co-op Market is unique among Co-ops! Join us in radically inclusive, groundbreaking work within the Durham community.


The Co-op is governed by the 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 each year. The Board of Directors consists of seven (7) consumer-owners and two (2) worker-owners. Board members are committed to representing the Co-op’s almost 5000 consumer- and worker-owners, and voicing the values and goals of Co-op members.

The main responsibilities of the board involve setting the goals and values of the Co-op (read about our values HERE), as well as hiring, evaluating, and holding the General Manager accountable for the overall success of the 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!


If you are interested in serving on the board, complete the steps below. If you have questions or would like to talk to a board member prior to applying, please feel free to reach out at

1.    Submit a Candidate Statement

Email your full name and owner number, along with responses to the questions below to by Sunday, October 6th, 2019. Your response should be written in paragraph form and will be published as your Candidate Statement on the election ballot, and will be your opportunity to share your story with the ownership. Please limit your response to 500 words max.

·  Why do you want to serve on the Durham Co-op Market Board of Directors?

·  What skills, experience or training do you bring to the Board?

·  What experience do you have with cooperatives, grocery stores, financing, construction or business operations?

·  What else would you like the Co-op members to know about you?

2.    Attend a Board Meeting

Understand more about how our board operates by attending a board meeting. Board meetings occur once a month on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm at the Lyon Park Community Center located at 1309 Halley St, Durham, NC 27707. Upcoming board meetings are scheduled for:
Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

3. Meet a Board Member

Learn more about serving on the board by meeting with a board member. Select from the opportunities below prior to the Annual Owner Meeting on Sunday, November 3rd.

·  Meet with a board member in person. Contact to arrange a meeting with a current member.

·  Join us at Neighbor Day at the Co-op Sunday, September 8th. Come meet some of our board members, introduce yourself, and ask any questions you have about serving on the board.

4.    Attend the Annual Owner Meeting

Join us on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 at 5:30pm as we celebrate our successes from this past year and reflect on ways we can continue to improve. You will have a chance to introduce yourself to the Durham Co-op community, share about your interest in running for the board, and answer questions.

All applications and questions should be submitted to The application deadline is October 6th, 2019. Voting will take place from Sunday, October 20th to Wednesday, November 6th.

Thank you for making a positive impact
on your community and at the Co-op!