Join Lakewinds’ Board of Directors

Take another step as an owner of Lakewinds Food Co-op and submit an application for a position on our Board of Directors. The board is elected by owners to serve as their representatives and ensure the co-op remains focused on our vision and mission. This year three of nine seats are up for election.


Board responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the co-op’s financial condition
  • Connecting to our owners
  • Shaping our co-op’s vision
  • Working closely with the General Manager to set long-term strategies to attain this vision


Board member qualifications include:

  • Being a member-owner of the co-op in good standing
  • Not currently employed by Lakewinds Food Co-op or any competing grocer
  • Strong communication skills, strategic thinking, and other leadership qualities
  • Prior experience making decisions in a group setting
  • Ability to undertake fiduciary responsibility on behalf of the cooperative and its member-owners


Ideal candidates share a passion for helping the co-op achieve success. They have a clear understanding of what it means to participate on a policy board. They bring skill sets from a variety of industries and other board or life experiences, combined with a strong desire to help the co-op continue as a valuable community resource.

Board members are elected for a three-year term. Board meetings are held monthly, except in December. The average monthly commitment is 5-10 hours (more for officers), depending on individual committee and project workloads. Board members receive a stipend and a discount on grocery purchases.


To help owners assess their interests and qualifications, two information sessions have been scheduled at the following Board Meetings:

  • Monday, June 25, 6:00 pm
  • Monday, July 23, 6:00 pm

Board meetings are held at the administrative office in Eden Prairie.


Completed applications are due by July 28, 2018 at 5 p.m. to Candidate bios and a ballot will be made available to owners in August. Newly elected board members will be announced at our annual owner meeting on September 16, 2018.


Board of Directors Election Information

Board of Directors Application