meet your board candidates!

We are so excited to introduce our 2019 Board Candidates! From March 17th through March 31st, member-owners will have the chance to vote for two staff members and confirm (or not confirm) two member-owners for seats on the Board.

Voting will be available both online and in-store immediately following our Elections Meeting on March 17th. Join us for a Q&A with the candidates, an update from the current Board, snacks, samples, and other goodies!

Rachelle Faroul

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Year joined: 2017
Pronouns: They/Them
Staff - Grocery Manager

Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Mariposa Food Co-op?

I stepped down from the board in December to apply for the Grocery Manager position at Mariposa, which I now hold. I am well aware of the critical moment that we're in - one where we've nearly outgrown our space, but we can't afford to expand. I am deeply committed to making Mariposa a more accessible and affordable space for under-served and overlooked residents of the neighborhood.

Briefly describe any experience you have at other cooperatives boards or other professional work that relates to Board service:

I worked at the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn for years and have been a member since I was 18. I am one of the co-founders, was the first produce buyer, and served a two-year board term at the Greene Hill Food Coop (also in Brooklyn). Additionally, in 2016, I worked at Mariposa for a few months on overnight deliveries and then transitioned over to working my member shift as a produce stocker. As previously mentioned, I was on the Mariposa board for 9 months before stepping down to become the Grocery Manager.

Is there anything else you would like our member-owners to know about you?

I am very interested in sitting down with members of the Black & Brown Workers Cooperative to figure out ways to make Mariposa a less oppressive space that centers Black & Brown working-class members of our community.

Meaghan F. Washington

Year joined: 2017
Pronouns: She/Her
Staff - Marketing & Communications Coordinator

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Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Mariposa Food Co-op?

I'm interested in serving on the Board of Mariposa Food Co-op to be a voice for native West Philadelphians, and also a voice for staff. I would like to be part of a larger decision-making body and also provide a fresh perspective. I believe it is important for the Co-op to focus on community engagement and building relationships with not only members and residents of the Cedar Park neighborhood, but also those living in Cobbs Creek, Haddington, Wynnfield, Mill Creek, Belmont, Mantua, Parkside, Powelton Village, and many, many other West Philly sub-neighborhoods. My goal would be to get the Board and Mariposa thinking about folks who live out there, how we can get them involved + join, and ways we can serve them as we have served those in Cedar Park for close to 50 years.

Briefly describe any experience you have at other cooperatives boards or other professional work that relates to Board service:

I have served on the board of the R.W. Sorrell Scholarship Fund and briefly on the Girls Justice League (GJL) board. I worked with both organizations in a volunteer capacity. RWS Scholarship Fund and GJL served Philadelphia youth. I lent my skills in communications/PR to assist in gaining article placement, event organizing and inviting stakeholders such as elected officials, community organizers, and others to programs + events.

Is there anything else you would like our member-owners to know about you?

I am a mother, journaler, volunteer at Studio34 yoga, and a lifelong Philadelphian.

David Hudson

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Year joined: 2019
Pronouns: He/Him
Staff - Facilities Manager

Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Mariposa Food Co-op?

I believe that I can bring a unique perspective to the board as well as help strengthen the relationship between the workers and the board. I work in the community all the time and would love to merge ideas with other board members.

Briefly describe any experience you have at other cooperatives boards or other professional work that relates to Board service:

I have been on church organization board for the community outreach and understand how to reach out to the community as well as work with other board members to reach our goal. My strengths are that I'm a people person and that I have and realness and truth about me that is respected. I'm a person not easy to rattle in situations.

Is there anything else you would like our member-owners to know about you?

I know how to be a voice for members- owners as well as hold board polices and uphold the standard of Mariposa and protect our environment.

Carol Simmons

Year Joined: 2016
Pronouns: She/Her
Member-Owner

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Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Mariposa Food Co-op?

Being a community activist, we have to include our voices in all aspects of the community. The Co-Op is a wonderful entity and keeping it so, is necessary for the continued growth and expansion of our community. Giving back is the cornerstone of a healthy and balanced community.

Briefly describe any experience you have at other cooperatives boards or other professional work that relates to Board service:

I have served on the Board of Imhotep Charter School. I am currently the Principle Coodinator for two non-profits, where we provide a monthly senior citizens luncheon and a weekly workshop for returning citizens. I am a retired school teacher and professor. I have owned two restaurants, and a catering company.

Is there anything else you would like our member-owners to know about you?

I just moved into an adult living facility and hope to assist with the development of its residential association.

Franceska Rouzard

Year Joined: 2016
Pronouns: She/Her
Member-owner

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Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Mariposa Food Co-op?

Mariposa’s visions align with my own ideals. It makes me smile when I walk in and see Black Lives Matter and Stop Profiling Muslim signs near the LGBTQ+ flag which is there all year, not just Pride Month. It would be reward to support a business like that, help it root it more in the community around it and thrive. The second reason is more personal. In the past, I have felt roles like these were meant for an enlightened, select few; that they have some esoteric quality that makes them fated to these positions. Recently, what I have learned to be a universal truth is that we are all worthy simply because we exist. I want to be a delegate to be an example of that.

Briefly describe any experience you have at other cooperatives boards or other professional work that relates to Board service:

In my present role as Creative Pro at Apple, I collaborate with people of varying backgrounds and experiences. We work together to make our store a welcoming place to our surrounding community with free sessions, field trips, etc. Being a Creative Pro means being in a leadership role. The leadership style I most appreciate and have found most effective is that of a servant leader. Managing vision and purpose and motivating others requires a commitment to include everyone’s unique needs and goals. I think what I’ve learned will translate well to a role on Mariposa’s Board.