The Co-op Council
Your voice in action
The Hunger Mountain Co-op Council consists of up to nine member-owners elected to govern our cooperative. The council is responsible for communicating with member-owners, hiring and overseeing the general manager and establishing policies among other governance functions. Member-owners are encouraged to communicate your ideas, suggestions, and feedback to council members.
Council President (2011, 2012, 2013-15, 2016-18, 2019-20)
"I feel my past and current work experience and service on various boards has been an asset to the council and the co-op. I have worked in the organic food business, and have recently branched out into helping local food organizations such as Community Harvest of Central Vermont and the Community Lunch program at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. I have a passion for local food systems and ensuring that all our neighbors have access to good food."
Council Vice President (2019, 2020-22)
"I have served on the Council for about a year, and in that time have learned how the coop operates, the roles and responsibilities of the council, and how we balance multiple priorities to achieve our ends. I am especially interested in the role Hunger Mountain Co-op plays (and could play) in developing a resilient local food system."
Council Treasurer (2018-2020)
"I’m interested in being on the council because I know eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and well being. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals to live, grow and function properly. We need a wide variety of different foods to provide the right amounts of nutrients for good health and I want to take what I know and do whatever I can to help others eat well-balanced nutritious meals."
Council Secretary (2015-17, 2018-20)
"I'll endeavor to expand and broaden channels of communication between Coop Member-Owners and management, because I believe effective communication is key to Member-Owner satisfaction, which, in turn is key to harmonious relations amongst all involved."
Council Member (2020-2022)
"Hunger Mountain Co-op is an incredible piece of central Vermont, which I want to see thrive, as a way to provide delicious, healthy food to our community, a space for people to come together, and a great working environment. I believe I can help be a part of this success as a member of the council."
Council Member (2020-2021)
"I have been a co-op member for a year. My knowledge and interest in sustainable agriculture, climate change, food systems and security, organic and non-GMO products, and human nutrition do fit the ideals of the Co-op. Every person deserves personal health and a healthy planet. I also believe that open communication, inclusivity and open-mindedness are keys to a healthy council."
Dr. Eric Jacobson
Council Member (2018, 2019-21)
"Hunger Mountain Co-op is one of the great people-first institutions in Vermont. I left 20 years ago and returned to find the Co-op stronger and healthier than ever. I rely on the Co-op to provide access to high quality and organic food, to promote regional and local foods, and to seek out regional food sources where possible. I rely on the Co-op to support local agriculture, to take a little bite out of the food industry by keeping Vermont producers and consumers in direct contact with each other. I’ve relied on the Co-op for more than 30 years and feel it is my time to give back to the community."
Council Member (2019-2021)
"I graduated from Goddard College in 1987 and have lived in Montpelier ever since - thirty-one years. I've been a member of the Co-op for thirty years. I want to represent values that I think many Co-op members share; putting people ahead of profits; looking out for the most vulnerable members of the community and making a difference by actively engaging in the democratic process."
Council Member (2020)
"As an active member of my union, UE Local 255, and as a resident of Washington County, I will make the Hunger Mountain Coop a center for local dialogue, events, and culture. I hope both the employees and the members will find inspiration in natural food, collective action, and community."
A Central Vermont native, Kari has worked in the natural foods retail industry for twenty years, the last thirteen as General Manager of Hunger Mountain Cooperative. During his tenure at Hunger Mountain, the co-op has more than doubled its membership, sales and local purchases while executing a physical expansion and full renovation. Kari contributes leadership to the Neighboring Food Cooperative Association, the National Cooperative Grocers, Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund and the U-32 School Board.
"I have worked at the Co-op for eleven years in different departments. I went to college for graphic design, and I was lucky enough to advance my career goals here at the Co-op. Currently, I am the community relations and marketing assistant. I have a spectacular team of coworkers, and I feel more connected than ever to the Co-op's mission and values. As staff representative, it is my hope and goal to achieve a higher level of communication, understanding, and transparency between staff, management, and council so that everyone feels valued and appreciated for the hard work that they do."