Election Ballot

Voting is open from March 21 through April 30, 2020.

Only ballots with both the full Owner name and Owner number are valid.

One vote per Owner.

The IVFC Board of Directors crafts long term planning for the co-op’s vision and provides fiscal oversight of the business. The Board represents the Ownership, which serves a crucial function in the cooperative. There are currently four open seats on the seven-seat board; four Owners are running to fill those four seats.

Please vote for up to FOUR candidates to serve on your Board of Directors. Since the election is uncontested, this is a vote of confidence. You may vote for all four candidates if you choose.

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* 1. Owner Name:

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* 2. Owner Number (six digits, on the back of your co-op card and the bottom of your receipt):

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Lauren Coiro

My name is Lauren and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Isla Vista Food Coop’s Board of Directors. I started my career as a marine biologist (slash food server, baker, bartender…) but I have pivoted toward working in the food community, as I believe it has tremendous potential for environmental and social change. After studying distressed coral reef systems and fisheries around the world, I began to look toward the roots of the problems plaguing our oceans: pollution, climate change, and resource misuse. Our food system sits at the center of all these issues, and I believe that we can do much better as a society to heal our planet (and ourselves) through our food choices.

I am also a lifelong animal lover (I took care of sharks at the Pittsburgh Zoo before moving to Santa Barbara three years ago!) and came to understand the tremendous toll our food system takes on wild animal populations, as well as the farmed animals we raise for food. I hope to bring this perspective into the Co-op to help promote local, whole, and plant-based foods that are healthful for us, use less resources to produce, and require little plastic packaging. Our bulk and produce sections allow shoppers to stock their pantries completely plastic-free, which helps consumers shop more sustainably and serves as an example for other stores. I also love the wide selection of vegan cheeses, milks, ice cream, and meat alternatives that help people make convenient swaps to their go-to favorite foods. The vegan alternative market has exploded with delicious products in the last few years, and I think people are starting to get curious! If elected, I want to help the Co-op encourage that trend by providing ethical (and tasty) options.

I currently work in the development department at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, an organization that provides nutritious food to the most vulnerable members of our community. I am a writer with experience in grants, marketing and communications, education, digital media (social, web, video) and special events. In my spare time I run an educational blog where I teach my followers to “eat for the sea” with tips for cooking, shopping, and eating ocean-friendly food. By joining the Board, I would like to help more people learn that the IV Food Co-op is a sustainable and ethical place to shop, to engage people with our services and events, and for the Co-op to serve as a hub for conversations about food and its (often undervalued) intersectionality. Food is power!

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Nancy Morales

My baby was six-months-old when we moved to Goleta to begin my Ph.D. program in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB), which was almost five years ago. I’m a second-generation Zapotec mother that has transnational lived experiences. I pay attention to indigenous motherwork and indigenous language maintenance. As a UCSB graduate parent student, I recognize my privileges; however, I’ve experienced food insecurity. For example, I receive CalFresh to provide quality food for my child and me because I cannot afford groceries in Santa Barbara county. It took me a long time to feel comfortable to apply for CalFresh because there continues to be a stigma on welfare recipients, particularly Black mothers and women of color mothers. Moreover, I’ve learned that food insecurity is a structural issue and not an isolating issue that requires institutional support and resources. For example, UCSB students, particularly first-generation and historically underrepresented students are facing serious challenges to secure food that is affecting their academic performance. Overall, basic needs, such as food should be a basic human right and not a privilege.

I am interested in serving as a Board of Directors IV Food Co-op to utilize my passion and skills for working with IV community, particularly underrepresented groups, invested in social justice issues, such as food insecurity. I appreciate the IV Food Co-op’s vision for community advocacy and community engagement with parents and children. For instance, my child and I greatly appreciate the SunFlower Kids Club’s scavenger hunt and monthly activity that makes the IV Co-op more than just a grocery store. Furthermore, my qualifications for this position entails coming from my personal background and work experience. I also have over 6 years of program development experience, such as in logistics planning. For instance, during my master’s program (MPA), I obtained administrative skills for nonprofit organizations (e.g. plan event budgets and evaluate under/graduate student programs) as well as strengthened my passion and interests in immigration and labor social justice issues through my Master’s thesis and internships with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and National Domestic Workers’ Alliance (NDWA). Furthermore, I’m motivated by the opportunity to develop a strong community that is invested in building sustainability through a cooperative model. Thank you for this opportunity and I look forward to serving the IV Food Co-op members and community at large!

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Lisa Oglesby

Thank you for voting!  When we participate in the co-operative process, we are taking part in economic alternatives, supporting local and like-minded organizations, and crafting our own future.  I believe in the power of cooperatives to provide opportunities for impact, education, and connection.

I have been an Isla Vista Food Co-op owner since 1994, have served on the IVFC Board of Directors since 2003, and am currently the Board President.  The values of the co-op run parallel to my own: environmental stewardship, economic alternatives, people power, community support, and hope.  I am committed to helping our co-op thrive.

In my time on the Board, I have worked to strengthen the co-op in order to achieve our mission for our owners and our community.  Sometimes the work is, well, work.  But in my current role, I do my best to make serving on the co-op Board something rewarding — and fun!  In collaborating with and supporting the work of other Directors, I have helped to create the positive working Board that we enjoy today.

In my potential next term, I would like to continue the role of providing leadership and vision, maintaining oversight, and supporting the owners and workers through the projects that are coming in 2020 and 2021.  The needs of our co-op are ever-changing and ongoing — and we need Directors who are willing to keep learning and growing to meet them.  I am ready for the challenges and successes that are ahead of us.

The work of the Board is in supporting the ongoing success of the cooperative.  We are the representatives of the ownership tasked with providing vision, oversight, input, and governance to keep the co-op thriving.  I ask for your vote of confidence to continue this work.

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Jeremy Roark

I am applying to be an IV Food Co-op board member as I feel I can offer my insight on food insecurity and ability to help coordinate through my involvement over the past 2.5 years with Food not Bombs IV and my involvement as a board member with IV Community Development Corporation. I have also been generally interested in community organizing since 2014. I am a psychologist, and have worked professionally with many students every quarter since 2010. I believe very strongly in embracing all kinds of diversity in its many forms and believe community agencies should also model this embracing of diversity through policies, events and offerings. I am also currently involved with the community-based organization Eco Vista and feel very strongly about sustainability, environmental protection and veganism and would bring those perspectives to my work as a board member if selected for the board.

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* 3. Vote for up to FOUR candidates for the Isla Vista Food Co-op Board of Directors.

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