It's election season!

One of the reasons why Mariposa Food Co-op is so unique is that all of our owners actively participate in setting policies and making decisions, as stated in Cooperative Principle #2. Elected by and held accountable by Mariposa owners, the Board of Delegates are elected annually to represent the voice and opinions of Mariposa owners. This is a great way for owners to get more involved with our organization. 

Voting is open Saturday, March 25 - Sunday, April 9. 

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. - 8:30 p.m. Agendas and location are posted in store ahead of the meeting. 

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. All Board members serve a three year term.


The Convener shall oversee all operations of the Board, shall facilitate at all meetings of the Board and membership unless otherwise delegated, and shall ensure that notice is given of all meetings as required by these bylaws. Except as otherwise provided by the bylaws, resolution of the Board of delegates, or statutes, the Convener shall sign all contractual notes, bonds and other evidences of indebtedness issued by the Co-op, and other official instruments or documents of the Co-op.


The Treasurer shall oversee the Board’s governance budget, serve as a liaison between the Board and its auditor, and assist in making financial information available for both Co-op members and the Board.  

FJAR Delegate

The Board will elect an FJAR delegate to represent and uphold the Co-op’s values of food justice and anti-racism and keep these values at the fore of the Board’s work. The FJAR delegate shall convene the FJAR standing committee of the Board. The FJAR delegate, who must be a delegate of the Co-op, shall be elected at the June Board meeting following the annual election, when newly-elected delegates assume voting privileges. FJAR delegates shall serve one (1) year terms.


The Vice-Convener shall assist the Convener with their duties, and, in the absence or disability of the Convener, perform the duties and exercise the power of the Convener. In the event of death, resignation or mid-term withdrawal from office by the Convener, the Vice-Convener shall complete the term of the Convener.  


The Secretary shall record or cause to be recorded the minutes of the membership and Board meetings, and post or cause to be posted the minutes within seven (7) days of approval. The Secretary shall oversee the Board’s official documents.

At Large Delegates

Represents the interests of the Ownership as a whole and works on various Board projects and initiatives.


The staff delegate is nominated by Mariposa staff and confirmed by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of owners. The responsibility of the staff delegate is to represent staff opinions and interests. They work on long and short term projects and support to the officers.

Meet our 2016-2017 Board of Delegates

Front, left to right: Ari Rosenberg, Atiya Ola, Maggie Harrison, Alison Miner, Morgan Robinson Back, left to right: Jonah Hudson, Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, Michaela Holmes, Liz Gross, Clayton Ruley, Lena Buford, Irit Reinheimer

Front, left to right: Ari Rosenberg, Atiya Ola, Maggie Harrison, Alison Miner, Morgan Robinson
Back, left to right: Jonah Hudson, Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, Michaela Holmes, Liz Gross, Clayton Ruley, Lena Buford, Irit Reinheimer


Michaela Holmes, Convener

Member since: 2014
Favorite product at Mariposa: Equal Exchange’s Love Buzz Coffee
Term: 2016 – 2017

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. Michaela is the Director of Cooperative Development at the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance.

Abdul-Aliy, Convener Elect

Member since: 2014
Favorite product at Mariposa: Equal Exchange’s Love Buzz Coffee
Term: 2016 – 2017

Abdul-Aliy grew up in the neighborhood that surrounds Mariposa and has been involved in the cooperative community since 2014. In addition to their work with Mariposa’s Board, Abdul-Aliy works tirelessly to dismantle systems forged by anti-black racism. Abdul-Aliy identifies as Queer and uses they/them pronouns.

Morgan Robinson, Treasurer

Member since: 2013
Favorite product at Mariposa: Scallions
Term: 2016 – 2017

Morgan has been a working member at Mariposa since 2013, when she moved to Philadelphia from Detroit. As Treasurer, Morgan works with the Board, finance committee, and staff/management to ensure the co op’s fiscal well-being. In her non co-op time, Morgan herds data and makes maps; and very occasionally tends to her container garden.

Ari Rosenberg, Secretary

Member since: 2011
Favorite product at Mariposa: Local popcorn
Term: 2016 – 2018

Ari became obsessed with cooperatives while co-founding the faire bande a part housing cooperative in Lewiston, Maine in 2007.  After moving to Philly, in 2011, she quickly became a member of Mariposa and was excited to join the board in 2015. When not in meetings you can find her out in a garden or riding her bicycle.

committee delegates

Maggie Harrison, Food Justic & Anti Racism (FJAR) Delegate

Member since: 2008
Favorite product at Mariposa: Raw Milk
Term: 2015 – 2017

Maggie enjoys working with young people as a mentor, teacher, or nurse and developed a die-hard commitment to racial justice through Quakerism. Besides family, their driving force is art, color, and community.

irit reinheimer, strategic planning delegate

Member since: 2004
Favorite product at Mariposa: Karoun Dairies Labneh and Acure Facial Scrub
Term: 2016-2018

Irit is an filmmaker and activist who has lived in West Philly for over a decade. As a working member of Mariposa, she has served several roles including, New Member Orientation Leader, Education Committee Delegate, and Strategic Planning Committee Convener. Irit is currently the Communications Assistant at the Leeway Foundation, and a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council.

at large delegates

Clayton ruley

Member since: 2015
Favorite product at Mariposa: Colby cheddar cheese
Term: 2015 – 2017

A life long Philadelphian, Clayton has been involved in the cooperative community since 2015 and is currently serving as an at large board delegate at Mariposa Food Co-op. 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.

Liz gross

Member since: 1981
Favorite product at Mariposa: Chilly Philly Ice Cream
Term: 2015 – 2017

Liz loved her member-owner 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 member-owner working program, and in figuring out how to get more member-owners involved.

Lena Buford

Member since: 2009
Favorite product at Mariposa: Those amazing, can’t-stop-eating-em corn nuts
Term: 2015 – 2017

Lena lives with her husband, two giant dogs, two cool cats, and three crazy chickens on a little urban farm on Cobb’s Creek.  She was on the expansion and finance committees before joining the board last year for a 2-year term.  She’s a bean-counter by day, and otherwise enjoys reading, writing, photography, and lying in hammocks for long periods of time. She loves Mariposa and firmly believes that West Philly is the best Philly.

Atiya Ola

Member since: 1994
Term: 2016 – 2019

Atiya Ola is the owner of Atiya Ola's Spirit Foods on 45th and Baltimore Avenue. Her restaurant serves vegetarian, vegan, and raw foods.