Cooperatives are different.
Instead of an exclusive group of investors or executives, co-ops are governed by the voices of their Owners. Elected democratically from the ownership, a Board of Directors guides the vision of the co-op – meaning all Owners have a voice in how their co-op is run. It’s a pretty empowering system that has helped us grow together since 1973.
Oryana’s Board consists of nine Directors who each serve three-year terms. (Two of these positions may be filled by Oryana staff members as long as they are current Owners and are elected.) The Board is tasked with establishing and monitoring the co-op’s governance policies, as well as hiring, monitoring, and evaluating the General Manager. They also maintain a fiduciary responsibility to the Owners to ensure a fiscally sound and viable co-op, protecting the owners’ assets.
If you would like to contact the Board directly you can do so here.
Learn more about our board and what we’re up to:
Join us at our next Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, December 15, 5:15 – 7:15 pm at Oryana 10th St.
Oryana has adopted Policy Governance as its means of governance. Policy Governance is described as:
- Written expectations (policies) that include four areas: Board Process, Board/General Manager Delegation Relationship, Executive Limitations, Ends policies.
- It assigns authority: BOD responsibility (vision and governing) vs. General Manager responsibility (operations.)
- It monitors the system through a series of General Manager reports to the Board. See more about Delegation to the GM here.
- It creates the Ends Policies, which are comparable to goals or visions.
How is our community different because of Oryana? This is the question of impact that is answered by our Ends. The policies are set forth to help guide the operations of the co-op and ensure that our viable business continues to have a positive impact in our community.
The following Ends Policies were approved by the Board in March 2009 and are as follows:
Because of Oryana, our community has a vibrant cooperative business that stimulates cooperative activity.
Because of Oryana, our community has an accessible and healthy marketplace for goods produced locally that have a positive environmental and social impact.
Because of Oryana, our community has direct access to solutions that contribute to health and wellness.
Because of Oryana our community has opportunities to learn about the interconnectivity between healthful foods, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.
Because of Oryana, ecologically regenerative and socially just community development efforts are nourished and supported.
Because of Oryana, our community has a model workplace which demonstrates a professional culture of mutual support and open communications, which is based on the balance of personal and organizational needs.
To learn more about Oryana’s Board, you are welcome to contact us at [email protected] or attend one of our monthly meetings. Board meetings generally take place the 3rd Thursday of every month.