Michelle Robison

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
"I love what Bloomingfoods brings to the community and do not want to see Bloomingfoods run out by chain retailers. I want to help keep Bloomingfoods around for many more years."

What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
"I have been a member of Bloomingfoods since 2012. Prior to living in Bloomington, I frequently shopped at co-ops while living in Minnesota and in Michigan. I have had the opportunity, from a shopper's perspective, to see how different co-ops are managed and how they engage members of the community."
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
"I am currently a volunteer with Big Brother Big Sister of South Central Indiana. In law school, I co-led a team of people responsible for publishing a bi-yearly journal, and in undergrad, I was a member of the cross country and track and field teams."
Please share any professional, volunteer, or life experience you have had that will provide insight when serving on the BCS Board of Directors. Include knowledge, skills, formal training, and education that will contribute to the mission of our co-op.
"I have a Michigan State biology degree and a University of Minnesota law degree. In law school I worked for Legal Aid. I currently work at Cook and volunteer with Big Brother, Big Sister. My experiences have introduced me to diverse groups of people from all different backgrounds."

How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?

"As much as possible, my family tries to support and promote local businesses and local farmers. We try to live sustainably (though not perfect) and be aware of how our actions impact the environment and communities around us. "
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
"The primary role of BCS is its accessibility to all members of Bloomington - whether consumers, farmers, or local sellers. BCS connects shoppers to local and sustainable products, promotes Bloomington charities and groups, and organizes events to bring the community together."
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
"Bloomingfoods is facing growing competition in Bloomington. I think this gives Bloomingfoods an opportunity to set itself apart from a normal grocery store by connecting with local farmers, hosting community events, and maintaining the local focus that many of us depend on."
Please share any other brief statement that you feel is important regarding your potential service as a member of our board.
"I am really excited about an opportunity to take a more active role in the Bloomingfoods family."
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