Mariposa is governed, in part, by an elected Board of Delegates. Elected by Mariposa owners, the Board oversees and evaluates management, reports on the state of the Co-op, oversees bylaws changes, and approves the budget.

Board meetings are open to all owners and occur on the first Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  

How to serve on the Board  

Mariposa encourage all owners to participate in the elections to help us shape the future of our food co-op. A minimum of nine and maximum of eleven delegates sit on the Board and elections occur annually during the month of March. All Board members serve a three year term.

Meet our Board of Delegates

During the 2017 - 2018 year, the Board will focus on:

  • Aligning Mariposa's growth with our mission and values

  • Committee structures, including:

    • Appointing a Food Justice & Anti Racism committee delegate

    • Creating an Expansion Committee

  • Engaging new and existing owners

  • Amending aspects of our Policy Register

  • Creating a structure to hold each other accountable

  • Updating the Articles of Incorporation

  • Strengthening board recruitment, training and the election process

Convener

Nidhi Krishen

Nidhi Krishen

Year joined: 2018
Favorite product at Mariposa: Yellow House, PA Whole Milk Yogurt
Term: 2018 – 2021

Nidhi has a Master’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on sustainability. She currently works for a global consultancy that specializes in sustainable development, working with organizations around the world to help them manage their environmental and social responsibilities. She believes strongly in building and supporting healthy, responsible and sustainable food systems that reduce their environmental impact and contribute positively to healthier, inclusive and stronger societies. Nidhi lives on Lancaster Avenue with her dog, Pig and her two cats Mr. Smelly and Ms. Clumsy.

Vice Convener

Secretary

Rachelle Faroul

Rachelle Faroul

Year joined: 2016
Favorite product at Mariposa: Loose leaf tea selection
Term: 2018 – 2021

Rachelle is originally from Brooklyn (by way of Barbados) and currently lives in West Philly. Their love of manual labor and agriculture has inspired them to join food coops, including Mariposa when they became a member in 2016. These days, Rachelle obsesses over housing collectives, land access, and making pottery. Their dream jobs are farming and back-up dancing for Tina Turner.

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Kaila Pedersen

Year joined: 2017
Favorite product at Mariposa: Rosemary olive bread
Term: 2018 – 2021

Kaila has been living in West Philly since 2016 and an owner since 2017. During the day, she works across the river at a Camden-based nonprofit for health innovation. Kaila is passionate about the intersection of food systems and racial justice, and she loves all kinds of dancing.

Treasurer

 
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Hannah Jo King

Year joined: 2018
Favorite product at Mariposa: Bulk Herbs Section
Term: 2018 – 2019

Hannah Jo came to West Philly in 2015, by way of California, Chicago, and a few other magical places. She’s spent her career so far doing youth engagement, sustainability, grant writing, and food movement building work. She believes in co-ops as a tool for community empowerment and is applying for grad programs in environmental justice.

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Shanice Solomon

Year joined: 2018
Term: 2018 – 2021

Clayton Ruley

Clayton Ruley

Year joined: 2015
Favorite product at Mariposa: Colby cheddar cheese
Term: 2017 – 2020

A life long Philadelphian, Clayton has been involved in the cooperative community since 2015. In addition to his board work with Mariposa, Clayton is a social worker and administrator at Prevention Point Philadelphia, a social service agency based in the Kensington section of the city. Currently, Clayton lives in Southwest Philadelphia with his two dogs, Foster and Change.

Michaela Holmes

Michaela Holmes

Year joined: 2014
Favorite product at Mariposa: Equal Exchange Love Buzz Coffee
Term: 2017 – 2019

Michaela was raised on a farm in rural Oregon. Since then, she has lived in a number of different places – her favorite, of course, is West Philadelphia where she lives with her partner, Scott, their dog, Lou, and their cat, Piper. She studied Organizational Change Management at the New School in New York and is dedicated to supporting cooperative business models, which she believes are a tool for social and economic change.

Nancy Geryk

Nancy Geryk

Year joined: 2014
Favorite product at Mariposa: Liberte Yogurt
Term: 2017 – 2020

I have lived in West Philadelphia since 1994. I enjoy gardening, bike riding and cooking.

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Liz Gross

Year joined: 1981
Favorite product at Mariposa: Chilly Philly Ice Cream
Term: Staff Delegate, 2017 – 2019

Liz loved her work shift for many years before she became part of the Co-op staff over four years ago. Currently she works in the Grocery department and as a manager-on-duty. She is still interested in the working owner program and in figuring out how to get more owners involved.

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Meg Carrol

Year joined: 2013
Term: Staff Delegate, 2017 – 2020

Meg has been a member of the Co-op and a full-time staff member since the fall of 2013. She started as a cashier, worked as an MOD, and has since been working in the Finance Department for the past three years. She is currently pursuing a Certificate in Cooperative Management at Saint Mary's University. Meg is passionate about workplace democracy and growing the cooperative movement. She has served on the Staff Collaboration and Democracy Council, Personnel Committee and the Finance Committee. In her spare time she tries to get outdoors as much as possible whether it is hiking, camping, gardening, or just walking her dog, Max.