Call for Board Members

Photo of 8 Hampden Park Co-op Board members in front of large paintings of colorful corn

Become a Board Member

Hampden Park Co-op is looking for interested member-owners to join our board. If you are feeling compelled to serve your community in a new capacity, then we urge you to consider running!

In our current political climate, many people have decided that taking local action is where real change begins. We invite you to take a moment and reflect on your unique gifts – then consider elevating your engagement with our co-op to embody the change you want to see in the world. If you are interested in becoming an active member of the board of directors, feel free to reach out with questions by emailing Kate Gray, board president. You can read more from Kate in the Fall newsletter.

Election Process

Board applications are due by October 20, 2018. Elections are held during the Annual Meeting on October 28th, and our election process also allows for candidate nominations from the floor. This year there are two positions open. Terms run from October 2018 through December 2021.

Director Responsibilities

The Hampden Park Co-op Board of Directors meets once a month for 2–3 hours, and the board also conducts an annual daylong retreat. Directors are expected to be familiar with all meeting materials, check their e-mail every other business day to stay on top of board communications, and serve on at least one committee. Candidates should expect to put in at least 10 hours a month to fulfill the duties of a director. All directors have a fiduciary responsibility, which means they must work for the benefit of the co-op and all of its member-owners.

The HPC Board uses Policy Governance as the model for overseeing the co-op – a detailed and comprehensive method used to structure and organize the board’s work of developing, monitoring and evaluating the goals and desired ends of the co-op. HPC’s policies, or “ends statements,” are written statements of the board’s vision, values, and perspectives which provide guidelines for the co-op’s general manager (GM), and establish the basis for the board’s evaluation of the GM's performance. The use of Policy Governance helps ensure that the board does not involve itself in store operations. New board members attend a daylong training through Cooperative Development Services that will provide you with a strong foundation to serve as a director.

Application Deadline: October 20, 2018

Send completed applications to "Attn: Board of Directors" at the co-op.
Or email to
Download a pdf application. (Application is fillable in some browser windows, or in Adobe Reader.)

Bios of our current board members can be found here.

2018 board pictured left to right: Mark Chapin, Sarah McRoberts, Ablavi Handziak, Dylan MacWilliams, Martha Hotchkiss, Rachel Fang, Kate Gray, and Luca Cowles. Not pictured: Lynn Englund, and Yaya James-Lu'Beck. Note that Martha Hotchkiss recently stepped down – for an extended visit to Peru! We thank Martha for her years of service. Photographed by Linda Andersen.

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2018 Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 28th

At St. Cecilia’s Church
2357 Bayless Place
6:00 PM Sign In • 6:30–8:30 Program

Details about the event here

Posted by Christine DeMars with contributions from Kate Gray & Christina Nicholson • July 2018