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Board Candidate Application

Help set the course for the future of your cooperative: run for the Willy Street Co-op Board of Directors! We are once again looking for passionate and dedicated Owners to run for our Board of Directors! This year, we have three seats open.

Each year, we look to our pool of Owners for individuals who are interested in representing our Ownership-at-large by serving on the Board and helping to set the governance and strategic directions for the Co-op in order to further our strength and success as a socially responsible, healthy and environmentally sound business.

The Co-op clearly benefits from having a sound, high-functioning team of Owners working together to serve as our Board. But there are many beneficial opportunities for you as well: for personal growth and development, to hone your leadership skills, to practice setting strategy for a successful business, to have a positive impact on our community, to learn and brush up on business and financial knowledge…the list goes on and on. 

Application Process (see the Board Candidate Application PDF for details)

  1. Attend one Board Orientation Session

    • Willy East: April 28, 2019; 12:30-1:30 pm

    • Lakeview Library: May 4, 2019; 2:00-3:00 pm

    • Willy West: May 9, 2019; 6:00-7:00 pm


  1. Attend one of the following Board Meetings, held at the Co-op’s Central Office (1457 East Washington Ave, Madison WI 53704). Board meetings start at 6:30 pm.

    • March 19, 2019

    • April 16, 2019

    • May 21, 2019

    • June 18, 2019


  1. Schedule a time for Co-op staff to take your photo at one of our retail locations. The photo must be taken no later than June 7th, 2019. To book a time, email Ben Becker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  1. By 12pm on June 3rd, 2019, submit 20 signatures of support from Owners (see the last page of this packet for signature page).

  1. By 12pm on June 3rd, 2019, submit answers to the Board Candidate Questions (450 total word maximum for all three questions).

    • Why do you believe Owners should choose you to represent them?

    • What skills and experience do you bring to the position of Board Director?

    • WSGC is founded on the seven International Cooperative Principles. Please choose one of the principles and describe how you think the Board can encourage and foster that in our cooperative (see pg 2).


  1. By 12pm on June 3rd, 2019, submit a 50-word summary statement to be included with your photograph and candidate statement in the Reader. Each candidate may also submit one additional website (blog, Facebook page, Twitter handle, etc.) for inclusion in candidate materials.


Strongly Suggested: Plan to attend the Annual Meeting on July 11th, 2019. Come prepared to make a brief statement and answer Owner questions.


Candidate information, including your answers to each of the candidate questions, will be shared with Owners in the Co-op Reader and online.

If you are interested in running for the Board but are unable to fulfill the requirements, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Submit materials at the Customer Service desk at any store or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Elected Board members will be asked to fill out the Conflict of Interest and Code of Conduct forms (see below).

Conflict of Interest Form

Code of Conduct Form