Candidate Statements for DCM Board Elections

Candidate Statements:

Election for Board of Directors Durham Central Market

November 2, 2014

This year we will elect four members to the Board.  The candidates are Drew PengBrand Fortner, Pam Campa, and Jodi Koviach.  Their candidate statements are available below. 

We are again offering online voting for those owners who will not be able to join us at the Annual Meeting on November 2nd.  This is the last year that we will offer online voting, since next year you will be able to vote *in the store*!  Online voting will end on Friday, October 31, 2014 at midnight.  Check your owner email for the link to online voting or contact


Drew Peng

I've worked on DCM since 2010 and served as a board member since 2012 after moving back to the area from San Francisco.  Developing DCM has been a lot of work, but it has also been extremely gratifying to see the evolution of the Co-op.  I've served as Treasurer and most recently, Vice President of the Board.  My interest in the Co-op stems from my experience shopping at Weaver Street Market as a kid growing up in Chapel Hill.  Although I did not understand the concept of a co-operative in those days, I always sensed the difference in shopping there, from the quality of the products to the active role that the store played in the town.  I have a background in business strategy, consumer packaged goods marketing, and investing and have worked in and among large businesses during most of my 14-year career.  Co-ops offer the potential for communities to pursue self-interest on their own terms and in socially productive ways.  Durham needs more access to high quality food and has the resolve to get things done, which is why I believe it has never been a better time for this city to form a professionally-managed cooperative grocery.  I continue to be excited by the opportunities ahead and look forward to continuing my service as a member of the co-op board.

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Brand Fortner

I am currently executive director of the iRODS Consortium at the Renaissance Computing Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), also adjunct professor of physics at UNC-CH and at North Carolina State University.  I moved to Durham eight years ago and rapidly fell in love with vibrancy and growth of Durham and the area. During this time my wife and I have been deeply involved in our cohousing community, in local political action, and in numerous local volunteer opportunities.  I have  also been on the board of Durham Coop Market for the last several years, am an investor in the market, and am deeply committed to seeing this project succeed. In the future, I believe that the success of this Coop will be seen as a pivotal moment in the growth of a vibrant downtown Durham. I would be honored to do whatever I can to help make this happen.

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Pam Campa

I moved to Durham in 1989 and right away became enchanted with the cooperative business model and making group decisions through consensus. These things I learned as a board member of the former Durham Food Co-op. I have enjoyed working with Durham Co-op Market since and would like to finish my allowable board terms seeing this long held dream (of many Durmites) come to fruition.  

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Jodi Koviach

Jodi has a background in community planning and is currently working in residential real estate as a Broker and Property Manager for Urban Durham Realty.   She worked for New Pioneer Co-op during college in her hometown of Iowa City.  For the past nine years Durham has been home for Jodi and her family.  As residents of Forest Hills/Morehead Hill, they are excited to welcome the Durham Co-op Market to the area.   Jodi is Chair of the Healthy Living Committee for the Morehead Montessori PTA and a coach for Girls on the Run.  If elected to the DCM Board, her main goals are to represent the owner interests through this critical time for the Co-op, to facilitate community development in the nearby neighborhoods and the Chapel Hill Street corridor, and to support a local business that provides jobs and invests in the community.

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