Brandi Williams
  

Why are you interested in serving on the board of Bloomington Cooperative Services (BCS)?
 
Bloomingfoods has always been a consistent resource of local food, information and connection for my family; a real centerstone of our community. My professional and communal work revolves around food and equity. I am interested in bringing that experience and expertise to the board of BCS.


What experience or involvement have you had with Bloomingfoods or other cooperatives?
 
I have been a member of Bloomingfoods for many years. I also have extensive experience in founding, incorporating, and running a food co-op. I have experience in establishing a cooperative board and committees, writing and implementing by-laws, and facilitating board meetings and duties. 

 
What has been your experience working cooperatively with small groups of people?
 
In forming and running a nonprofit agricultural co-op, I have gained significant experience in working cooperatively with groups of local producers and organizations to aggregate food and feed our community. Professionally, I also run a food business, and collaborate with other businesses to bring our products to the Bloomington community. 

 
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.
 
In addition to my professional experience noted above, I have skills in creating, implementing, and maintaining financial budgets, websites, online stores, and social media resources. I also have experience in communicating and delegating tasks required for running a food business, and facilitating a food co-op.

How do your values and lifestyle align with the values and mission of the co-op?
 
I have centered my personal, professional, and volunteer work around food, equity, and cooperative principles. I share the values of working cooperatively to further create equitable access to local food and healthful products, while simultaneously supporting local producers, all with the intention of strengthening our community. 

 
Given the stated Ends of BCS, what do you see as the primary role of BCS in the community?
 
As similarly noted, I believe a primary role of BCS would be to work cooperatively in implementing further equitable access to carefully produced local food and healthful products, all while fairly supporting local producers, in an effort to strengthen, educate, and sustain our community.

 
What are opportunities and challenges you see for BCS in the future expression of these Ends?
 
I believe one of the most pressing challenges is centered around breaking down historical and systemic barriers for accessing local food, and for growing that food and producing healthful products. However, in that challenge there is also opportunity for education, solidarity, equality, and the potential to further strengthen our community. 

 

  
      
 
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