What is the Board of Directors and what does it do?

The Board of Directors is the governing body for the member-owners of Rising Tide. It is comprised of nine member-owners of Rising Tide, elected by the owners. Terms for Directors are 3 years, rotating so that the terms do not expire at the same time. The Board is responsible for ensuring organizational performance on behalf of all of Rising Tide’s member-owners.

This work includes developing clearly stated expectations through written policies; delegating responsibility for, and authority over, the achievement of stated objectives; and monitoring compliance with written policies. The Board of Rising Tide should be strategic and visionary with its view toward the future of our cooperative, rather than focusing solely on the short-term.

By devoting time to focus on the big-picture vision of Rising Tide, the Board will ensure that we adequately position our organization for the maximum benefit of our member-owners, as well as anticipate trends and values which may have a critical impact on our relevance and survival.

The Board governs the organization and delegates all operational duties to one employee, the General Manager. We are involved in strategic planning, financial oversight, ownership linkage, and community outreach.

What does the Board of Directors NOT do?

The Board of Directors 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 Rising Tide Community Market. The Board’s sole official connection to the operations of the cooperative is through the General Manager.

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Current Rising Tide Board of Directors:

Jessie Trafton

Kevin Posman

Stephanie Nelson

Michael Alderson

Will Addison

Dwight Hobbs

Chris Maloney

Lucy Smith

Dana Orenstein

Contact the Rising Tide Board of Directors at: [email protected]




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