2021

PCC BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION GUIDE

VOTING OPENS ONLINE APRIL 8 AT 12:01 A.M. PDT AND CLOSES MAY 3 AT 5 P.M. PDT

 

A core cooperative principle is democratic member control, which means that members can participate in making certain decisions for the co-op. This comes to life for PCC through our Annual Election when members can vote for candidates to serve on the co-op’s Board of Trustees (“Board”).

The Board’s role is to set the financial, social and environmental goals for PCC, and to provide critical oversight and assistance to management to achieve those goals. Examples of this include overseeing annual financial planning and budgeting for a $300+ million business; developing strategic goals with the co-op leadership team; and assuring that the co-op is living its vision, mission and values. The Board also provides direction on topics such as risk management, social and environmental performance, compensation and benefits, and membership programs.

Over the years, the complexity of running the co-op has increased significantly. Since the co-op’s founding in 1953, PCC has grown from one location run by 15 families to 15 stores supporting more than 1,600 incredible team members, and more than 800 local and organic farmers, fishers, producers and ranchers.

When looking for trustee candidates, the Board seeks individuals with a passion for PCC, who bring the experience, skills, expertise, character and diversity to successfully lead the co-op, especially during these challenging social and economic times. Core to this are the experience and judgment to understand the co-op’s current and future business needs.

Equally important is that the Board reflects the communities PCC serves. The co-op has successfully composed a Board with gender balance: It currently is made up of 60 percent women, with a woman chair and three of the four standing committees led by women. But we know we need to do more to improve the racial diversity of the Board. Last year, as a first step, we partnered with a nonprofit that specializes in this work. Through their network and the Board’s continuous recruiting efforts, we identified qualified candidates of diverse racial backgrounds and invited them into the process.

In the 2021 election cycle, there are three open seats on the Board, and five candidates. The Board is recommending three candidates for the three open seats. Two are incumbents and one is a candidate intentionally recruited by the Board to enhance the capabilities and racial diversity of the Board.

Candidates elected in 2021 will serve a term of three years, which will expire at the Annual Members’ Meeting in 2024.

Participating in PCC’s Annual Election is an important opportunity for co-op members to exercise their democratic rights and responsibilities. Thank you in advance for voting in this year’s election.

CANDIDATES RECOMMENDED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Rodney Hines

CEO/Chief Mission Guy for Metier Brewing Company, established 2018. Champions businesses to measure success through both profitability and civic responsibility. Served as Director of Social Impact at Starbucks, and Executive Director of the Starbucks Foundation. His 30-plus-year career spans corporate, public policy and nonprofit leadership roles. Currently serves on community advisory councils for both SAM and Seattle University, and advises local corporations in their philanthropic and community investment efforts. Avid cyclist and explorer.

Key skills: CEO experience; executive leadership; retail operations, retail marketing expertise and public policy expertise; social, environmental and governance proficiency; prior board experience.

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Brad Brown (incumbent)

Has served on the Board since 2017. Current term expires 2021.

Served as interim CEO for PCC from May to December 2020 and was prior chair of the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee. Retired Senior Vice President Digital Retail at REI with responsibility for the cooperative’s digital businesses. Career spanning over 40 years of retail leadership in information technology and e-commerce. Currently serves on the boards of the UW Medical Center and the Asheville Farmstead School with prior experience governing nonprofits. Known for his ability to lead teams through complex challenges and constant change. PCC member since 2016. Avid cyclist, hiker, alpine skier and traveler.

Key skills: CEO experience; executive leadership; retail operations and retail marketing expertise; social, environmental and governance proficiency; prior board experience.

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Catherine Walker (incumbent)

Has served on the Board since 2016. Current term expires 2021.

Current chair of the PCC Board of Trustees and previously chaired the Board’s Management Development and Compensation Committee. Retired Senior Vice President & General Counsel for REI, the largest consumer cooperative in the U.S. Former member of REI’s board of directors (8 years). Over 25 years of experience as General Counsel, including international business development and operations. Current and prior service on several nonprofit boards of directors and mentoring of young and mid-career leaders; National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship Certified™. PCC member since 1982. Enjoys cycling, hiking and traveling.

Key skills: Executive leadership; finance, policy and legal expertise; social, environmental and governance proficiency; prior board experience.

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CANDIDATES NOMINATED BY PETITION

Laurae McIntyre

PCC member since the 1980s, UFCW Local 21 union leader and current Fremont PCC courtesy clerk. Helps train courtesy clerks at her PCC location. Spent a decade managing and facilitating meditation and yoga retreats in South India and across the United States, and ran a small business. Her perspective is shaped by one-on-one interactions with customers and working with fellow teammates.

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DONNA RASMUSSEN

Currently works at View Ridge PCC and is an active member of union UFCW Local 21. Passionate about fair trade, gender and racial equity, affordable housing, and community living. Her family has lived in a co-op community for 10 years, where she holds a position in community leadership. Enjoys learning new skills, kayaking, laughter, meditating and walks with the family dog.

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PCC 2021 ELECTION FAQS

 

Q: WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?

A: You are eligible to vote if you were an active member of PCC Community Markets (PCC) on March 4, 2021, the record date set by the Board of Trustees. Only those in whose name the membership is issued may vote.

 

Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M AN “ACTIVE” MEMBER?

A: You are an active member of PCC if you have paid your membership fee in full and you have used your membership at least once between March 5, 2020 and March 4, 2021. To find out if you are eligible, log into your online account at pccmarkets.com/my-account.
 

Q: WHY SHOULD I VOTE?

A: Democratic control is a fundamental principle of cooperatives. When you vote, you make your voice heard and play a role in guiding the future of our co-op. More important, you are voting for candidates to serve on the PCC Board of Trustees — the group legally responsible for overseeing the management and operation of the co-op, and setting the co-op’s financial, social and environmental goals and policies. Learn more about the Board’s responsibilities.

 

Q: HOW CAN I VOTE?

A: You can vote online. Eligible members who have given PCC a valid email address by March 29, 2021 will receive an email on April 8, 2021 directing them to their unique online ballot. Once you mark and submit your ballot, you will receive an email confirmation that you have voted.

If you are unable to vote online because of a disability, please email membership@pccmarkets.com or call 206-965-1514 for a paper ballot. Paper ballots must be returned to the co-op office by 5 p.m. PDT on May 3, 2021 to be counted.

Online voting starts April 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and ends at 5 p.m. PDT on May 3, 2021.

 

Q: CAN YOU COMMENT ON THE DIVERSITY OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES?

A: When recruiting Board candidates, PCC looks for individuals who bring the experience, skills, expertise, character and diversity needed to guide the co-op as a mission-focused enterprise. The co-op has successfully composed a Board with gender balance: It currently is made up of 60 percent women, with a woman chair and three of the four standing committees led by women. But we know we need to do more to improve the racial diversity of the Board. Last year, as a first step, we partnered with a nonprofit that specializes in this work. Through their network and the Board’s continuous recruiting efforts, we identified qualified candidates of diverse racial backgrounds and invited them into the process.