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Central Co-op is a solidarity cooperative, which means we're owned by multiple classes of owners: The customers who shop at our grocery stores, and the workers who operate those stores. The voices of our owners are represented in Co-op governance via our Board of Trustees.

What does the Board of Trustees do? 

Elected by the ownership of Central Co-op and serving three year terms, this governing body appoints, hires, or promotes a company president who steers operational progress. The Board of Trustees remains the legal steward of the cooperative.

  • Cooperative Principle 2: Democratic Member Governance

The Board is also responsible for ensuring organizational performance on behalf of all of Central Co-op's owners. This work includes developing clearly stated expectations through developing Ends; delegating responsibility for, and authority over, the achievement of stated objectives; and monitoring compliance with written policies.

Dean DeCrease
Board Chair and CGO

2013 - 2017
Nick Selzler
2012 - 2017
Jennie Agard
2011 - 2016
Brian Bessembinders
2012 - 2019

Rebeccah Maskin
Nominating Committee Chair

2015 - 2018

Seth McKinney
2015 - 2018
Cynthia Pristell
Governance Committee Chair

2011 - 2018
Adam Svenson
2016 - 2019
Susanna Schultz
Executive Trustee
2017 -



What does the Board of Trustees not do?

The Board of Trustees does not make decisions about, become involved with, or take part in any of the day-to-day activities or decisions regarding the operation of Central Co-op. The board's sole official connection to the operations of the cooperative is through the Cooperative Executive Officer.

See your Board in action! Owners are welcome at Board meetings.

Central Co-op owners are welcome to attend meeting of the full Board of Trustees. At every Board meeting, trustees are in attendance, reports are heard and decisions are made regarding the important topics facing the Co-op.

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