1. Please tell us about the experience you have that you feel is relevant to serving on the Shared Capital Cooperative Board of Directors.
I am running for my second term on the Shared Capital Cooperative Board of Directors. During my first term, I have served on the Executive Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Loan Committee. I currently chair the Loan Committee. I’ve learned a lot about the strategy and operations of Shared Capital, and look forward to bringing this knowledge and experience to my second term.
As the Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, I work with a wide variety of mature and start-up cooperative businesses. UWCC staff supports the success of cooperative businesses by providing technical assistance, educational programs, strategic planning, conferences, and on-going support. I bring that experience to the Shared Capital Board, along with my strong network of regional and national contacts. I have been particularly interested and involved in supporting the wide dissemination of cooperative education and assistance, especially among communities of color and low-income communities.
Prior to being elected to this board, my primary experience with loans funds was my service on the board of Working Capital for Community Needs, a global micro-loan fund. I served as President of the Board and chaired the loan committee during a time of rapid growth, and was involved in creating new policies and structures for accessing capital, making lending decisions, and working with community partners.
2. Why would you like to serve on the Shared Capital Cooperative Board?
Shared Capital Cooperative plays a critical role in the eco-system for support of cooperatives. I am honored to have an opportunity to work with the staff, members and other Directors to help build a strong and vibrant organization.
3. What are the primary challenges and opportunities you see for Shared Capital Cooperative in the future? With those in mind, how do you see yourself contributing to addressing those issues?
Shared Capital Cooperative faces several challenges in the future, including 1) equitable access to loan funds and other support to an increasingly diverse community of cooperatives 2) achieving sufficient profitability 3) an increasingly challenging business environment in some sectors. I have had the opportunity to begin working with the staff and Board to address these issues, and bring experience and expertise from my work with other cooperative businesses. In addition, I will continue to help facilitate connections between SCC staff and grant/partnership opportunities. I look forward to continuing this work in the next term.