Board of Directors

The Wedge and Linden Hills together are governed by an elected Board of Directors. In the consolidation of the Wedge and Linden Hills board, each board independently elected three individuals to move forward to the new board. That group of six individuals then recommended a seventh board seat, along with a chair emeritus position. They meet regularly and report on the state of the co-op at the Annual Meeting every autumn.


Board Role and Duties

The Board of Directors has three primary duties:

  • To ensure sound management of the co-op
  • To act as trustees on behalf of the ownership
  • To set long-range goals and plan for the future

To fulfill these responsibilities, the Board of Directors focuses on four key areas:

  • Hiring and evaluating the CEO
  • Financial oversight
  • Long-range strategic planning
  • Recruitment of replacement directors

Directors act in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Conduct

The Board also oversees elections and recommends updates to the Articles and Bylaws, the legal documents that define and guide the co-op.

Directors must look after the best interests of the co-op as a whole in a changing business environment. That means that policies and practices at the co-op may change over time.

Owners are welcome to attend the board meetings. If you want to contact the co-op’s Board of Directors, please use the contact us form and be sure to select the appropriate category.

Board Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the board to set long-term goals and ensure planning for the future, ensure sound management of co-op resources, and act as trustees on behalf of the owners.

To fulfill these responsibilities, the Board of Directors must focus on these key areas:

  • Hiring, supervising and evaluating the co-op’s CEO.
  • Planning for the co-op’s future and approving management’s plans
  • Approving capital and operating budgets
  • Recruiting new directors to ensure a well-qualified board
  • Making decisions about the mechanics of the co-op’s governance system, development of policies and guidelines and other related matters, (Note: The board does NOT make operating decisions for the store, choose products or supervise staff other than the CEO).

Expectations of Board Members:

  • Understand and promote the mission of the Wedge Community Co-op
  • Understand the role of the Board of Directors
  • Act in the interests of the all owners, not a specific constituency
  • Attend meetings faithfully and serve on committees effectively (10-20 hours/month time commitment, depending on committee assignments and intensity of board work which may vary over time)
  • Assess their own performance as board directors
  • Act in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Conduct
  • Assure continuity of the highest quality in board directorship

Current Board

Learn more about our current board and read bios.

President:  Alex Slichter
Vice President:  Emily Anderson
Treasurer:  Sarita Parikh
Secretary:  Tom Pierson
Directors: Matthew Larson, Emily Paul, Jane Schommer
Chair Emeritus: Marjorie Hegstrom


Board Meetings

2017 Board Meetings

Thursday, July 20
Location: Wedge Table Community Room

Tuesday, August 15
Location: Wedge Table Community Room

Tuesday, September 19
Location: Wedge Table Classroom

Tuesday, October 17
Location: Wedge Table Classroom

Monday, October 23, 2017
Location: Lake Calhoun Event Center

Tuesday, December 5
Location: Wedge Table Community Room

Annual Meeting

Monday, October 23, 2017
Location: Lake Calhoun Event Center

Owners are welcome to attend regularly scheduled board meetings. If you are interested in attending, please contact or call 612.465.8857 at least one day in advance of the meeting.

Meetings typically begin at 5:30 p.m. Meeting dates, times, and location are subject to change. Please call 612.465.8857 ahead of time to confirm.

Approved regular session board meeting minutes are available to owners upon request.

To contact the board, or inquire about making a presentation to the board, please email or call 612.465.8857.

Owner Attendance & Presentations at Board of Directors Meetings

Become a Candidate

You can help guide the co-op’s future! If you care about our cooperative, its ownership and staying successful in a challenging business environment, you should consider running for the Board of Directors. The continued success and health of a co-op depends on a strong, knowledgeable board.

Although applications for board nominations for the October, 2017 board elections will not be accepted until June 2017, we strongly encourage owners to consider running for the Board of Directors, and if interested, to submit their applications at that time.

For more information about the board of directors, see Board Responsibilities and Candidate Selection Criteria.

Candidate Selection Criteria

Reasons to Consider Running for the Board of Directors:
  • You want to make a contribution to your community
  • You want to give something back to your favorite co-op
  • You have talent and energy to share
  • You want to be actively involved in a representative democracy
Criteria Considered by the Nominations Committee for Board Candidates:
  • Active owner of record in good standing (may be verified with Customer Service)
  • Completed application and resume submitted prior to deadline
  • Ability to perform the responsibilities and expectations of board director
  • Commitment to the Code of Ethics and Conduct adopted by the Wedge Board of Directors
  • Good communication skills
  • Leadership qualities (listed below)
  • Understanding of the role of the Board of Directors
  • Ability to readily understand financial issues and read financial statements such as balance sheets
  • Previous board, committee or other group experience
Desirable Candidate Leadership Qualities:

The Board of Directors needs people with commitment to the entire ownership of the co-op, not just specific issues. If you possess the following leadership characteristics, or a good number of them, please consider applying.

  • Able to share a vision, a purpose, an ideal
  • Empowers others and delegates authority
  • Is creative, imaginative, and flexible
  • Respects multiple elements of diversity and diversity of thought
  • Displays candor and has the courage to challenge respectfully
  • Follows through on commitments
  • Understands balance between bottom line and larger organizational purpose
  • Able to maintain confidentiality when required
  • Able to work on a team
  • Able to put the interests of the whole body above the interests of a few
  • Able to think long term and see the big picture without getting bogged down in details
  • Previous experience working in a group or on a board and a background or expertise in finance, retail or wholesale management is a plus for candidates

Term: 3 years, beginning with the first board meeting following the October annual meeting

Compensation: $9128 per year, paid monthly (more for officers)