Board Elections Timeline

Members Declare their Candidacy – August 1 – September 20 (CLOSED)

Vote for the Board – October 24 – November 29 (CLOSED)

Board tallies and certifies election results – November 30

New Board Members Seated – December 14

The East End Food Co-op will make a contribution to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for each ballot cast in the EEFC Board of Directors Elections this year.

Proposed Bylaws Changes

Co-op Members are asked to vote on Proposed Bylaws Changes in addition to electing board candidates. Members may elect to vote all yes, vote all no, abstain, or vote indiviudally on each proposed change. Please make an informed decision by reviewing the proposed changes prior to casting your ballot.

Meet the Board Candidates

There are four seats open for this year’s election: three 3-year terms and one 1-year term. New board members will be seated based on votes; the three members who receive the highest votes will be seated to the 3-year terms and the member with the fourth highest vote will be seated to the 1-year term. There are eight candidates running in the election this year. They are listed alphabetically by last name. There are no incumbents running this year.

Ariel Barlow
Ariel Barlow
Question Answer
What is your experience as member, volunteer or staff member of the EEFC? The coop has been impactful on me and my life. Before COVID I would come in 2-5 times a week and knew most of the Co-op employees by name. People literally smile when you mention the Co-op.
What experiences have you had with other co-operatives or non-profit organizations? Besides my 2.5 years of membership at the Coop-
– 2.5 years living and participating in an artist community.
-organizing as a part of YUIR Pittsburgh.
-organizing and facilitating many workshops and classes with local teachers, artists, and activists
What experience and skills (professional or business) or unique perspectives would you bring to the EEFC Board? I bring my experience:
-as a professional teacher & learner.
-a very engaged Pittsburgh community member
-as a community organizer
-as consultant who centers her practice around community care, equity, accessibility, anti-racism, and anti-oppression
What do you think are some important one-year goals for the EEFC? My vision will be a lot clearer after I have had the opportunity to hear the experiences, feedback, interests and concerns from the Co-op community but I envision an even more accessible and equitable Co-op and more growth.
Describe your vision for the EEFC five years from now. I see it growing in a way that supports authentic accessibility in the neighborhoods and the people that have the least accessibility to high quality healthy nutritional groceries in Pittsburgh.
Why do you want to serve on the EEFC Board? So that I may contribute to more accessible sustainable, healthy food in my community. I want to be able to support the coop on its journey with the gifts and skills, especially in community building, anti-oppression I’ve been able to gather.
Jenise Brown
Jenise Brown
Question Answer
What is your experience as member, volunteer or staff member of the EEFC? My husband and I have been EEFC members (on his membership) since 2011. We live near the Co-op, and it is our primary grocery store. This year, I got my own membership so I could exercise my right to vote!
What experiences have you had with other co-operatives or non-profit organizations? I am an ecologist and educator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, where I specialize in teaching about science literacy and the environment. I am a leader of the United Museum Workers, currently organizing a union at the Carnegie Museums.
What experience and skills (professional or business) or unique perspectives would you bring to the EEFC Board? I worked in the private sector as a project manager on regional-scale environmental projects. In this capacity I managed remote teams, created & maintained systems that assessed thousands of data points, and managed a $10M+ budget.
What do you think are some important one-year goals for the EEFC? 1. Continuing to prioritize the safety of the staff and customers.
2. Actively focusing on community-building, and restoring pre-pandemic practices whenever possible.
3. Staying fiscally sound.
Describe your vision for the EEFC five years from now. The EEFC is a community resource. I imagine an EEFC with an engaged membership, more than just a few core participants. We should work closely with BUGS and other community food organizations to build a robust food infrastructure that works for all.
Why do you want to serve on the EEFC Board? I love Pittsburgh and feel a deep motivation to protect and improve it. Access to affordable, quality food for all of us is an important part of environmental and social justice, and I want to contribute to this on the EEFC Board.
Aileen Miller
Aileen Miller
Question Answer
What is your experience as member, volunteer or staff member of the EEFC? As a member of the EEFC, I have enjoyed a wide variety of fresh, local and organic food. The atmosphere and staff are so pleasant. During COVID, this has been my go-to shop for my family’s needs.
What experiences have you had with other co-operatives or non-profit organizations? I have volunteered in several capacities while living in Savannah, Georgia. I was a docent at the Telfair Art Museum; I served on the membership committee of my synagogue; I was the gallery director at the Jewish Education Alliance.
What experience and skills (professional or business) or unique perspectives would you bring to the EEFC Board? I’m a highly organized person who runs her own business and has also lead marketing and public relations for large multi-national companies. I’m a mom and a yoga instructor and practice a healthy lifestyle.
What do you think are some important one-year goals for the EEFC? Promotion of the EEFC throughout the community and perhaps partnering with public schools to teach nutrition and wellness. Greater connection with local growers and producers. Expansion of the produce area to make for better flow.
Describe your vision for the EEFC five years from now. There are very few healthy stores within our community. It would be incredible to see a larger facility or 2nd facility be created. I live in Lawrenceville and our side of town has only one market (Community Market) that offers some organic items.
Why do you want to serve on the EEFC Board? EEFC is where I shop for my family. I would like to dedicate time to this important institution and help any way I can to its success and influence over the Pittsburgh community.
Frank Noll
Frank Noll
Question Answer
What is your experience as member, volunteer or staff member of the EEFC? I was a household member with my sister, and when I first shopped at the Co-op it was much smaller. I was excited to see the expansion. More recently I am a household member with my partner, and I love the variety of products available.
What experiences have you had with other co-operatives or non-profit organizations? I have been a member or volunteer at various community garden projects. I have participated regularly in BikeMS with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, for which my team has raised tens of thousands of dollars.
What experience and skills (professional or business) or unique perspectives would you bring to the EEFC Board? For over three years I have been working in the realm of Pittsburgh real estate development. This perspective could help with the Co-op’s goal of further expansion.
What do you think are some important one-year goals for the EEFC? I think the online shopping experience will continue to be important, and the Co-op should strive to make this more robust for the members and customers as well as more streamlined and cost effective for the store.
Describe your vision for the EEFC five years from now. A more accessible store. From improvements for customer mobility to broader Co-op offerings, and a more visible storefront. Put simply, more space allows us to do greater things.
Why do you want to serve on the EEFC Board? As over 95% of my groceries come from the Co-op, I feel drawn to be more involved, as well as the experience of being a director, but it is not entirely personal. I want to provide what I can so that the Co-op will continue to thrive in Pittsburgh.
Hannah Pileggi
Hannah Pileggi
Question Answer
What is your experience as member, volunteer or staff member of the EEFC? I became a member of the EEFC when we moved to Pittsburgh from San Francisco in 2018. I have not volunteered or worked on the staff of the EEFC.
What experiences have you had with other co-operatives or non-profit organizations? My partner and I believe in focused and consistent non-profit involvement. We are monthly donors to both nation-wide nonprofits (Planned Parenthood, Black Girls Code) and local organizations (East End Cooperative Ministry, Peoples Oakland).
What experience and skills (professional or business) or unique perspectives would you bring to the EEFC Board? My career as a social scientist means that I have a broad background in market research, and product development. I’m a statistician, with experience running teams, and collaborating with executives at successful companies.
What do you think are some important one-year goals for the EEFC? The most obvious hurdle in the next 365 days is Covid-19 and the global pandemic. Ensuring the safety of customers who need food, and protecting the health of employees should both be priority #1.
Describe your vision for the EEFC five years from now. The EEFC is an incredible community institution with a dynamic future. Three main areas to support thriving through 2025 are environmental responsibility, community engagement, and creating a tighter feedback loop with our members.
Why do you want to serve on the EEFC Board? At my core, I love Pittsburgh. I’m eager to channel my energy and passion into a local organization that aligns with my personal values. I believe my perspective as a researcher and my collaborative spirit will make me an impactful board member.
Trevor Ring
Trevor Ring
Question Answer
What is your experience as member, volunteer or staff member of the EEFC? I became a member when I arrived in Pittsburgh in 2017–it has felt like home since then. In 2019 I was hired as the Cheese Buyer and this past June I was sworn in as the Financial Officer of the coop’s union, UE Local 667.
What experiences have you had with other co-operatives or non-profit organizations? I’ve been a member of numerous co-ops over the past decade and have taught many fermentation workshops at co-ops. I briefly served on the Board of Tree of Dreams Sanctuary (in Massachusetts) as the interim financial secretary.
What experience and skills (professional or business) or unique perspectives would you bring to the EEFC Board? I am a food entrepreneur and educator with experience in multiple facets of the food system. I hold an MBA and MA in Food Studies, and am using my business to fundraise for BIPOC-led food justice organizations through local & international events.
What do you think are some important one-year goals for the EEFC? COVID safety/management & a new store location. As someone working the frontlines of the pandemic, I understand the importance of COVID safety. Our staff and customers need to feel safe. I also know it’s time to change stores and plan for the future!
Describe your vision for the EEFC five years from now. Enter the new store:
Employees are happier because there is sun in the store and they’re getting living wages; a product development space is open for the community; the new location has not contributed to gentrification.
Why do you want to serve on the EEFC Board? As a staff member, customer and union officer, I feel passionate about the future of the coop and the participating community. While aligning with the EEFC values, I have care, compassion, and a fresh, multi-dimensional perspective on its operations.
Blair Schoenborn
Blair Schoenborn
Question Answer
What is your experience as member, volunteer or staff member of the EEFC? I just joined EEFC recently, and am honored to be part of this community! I have been a fan of the co-op model generally and the EEFC specifically for a long time and have always wanted to be part of it. I honestly don’t know what took me so long!
What experiences have you had with other co-operatives or non-profit organizations? I have worked at nonprofits for 10 of the last 14 years. I’ve been on the board of a nonprofit residential learning center in Alaska for 7 years and am on the executive committee. I also sit on the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council’s steering committee.
What experience and skills (professional or business) or unique perspectives would you bring to the EEFC Board? I have an MBA in Sustainable Business Practices and have been teaching sustainable business theory at the graduate level for 3 years. My day job is to ensure new and existing initiatives are designed to optimize both financial and social impact.
What do you think are some important one-year goals for the EEFC? Equity: Adopt a statement to build a more diverse and inclusive membership, staff, and board. Sustainability: Commit to a new sustainability action plan with targets that align with local, regional, and global frameworks.
Describe your vision for the EEFC five years from now. I envision a bright, activated space with a mix of shopping and gathering spaces where people can shop, try new foods, bump into a friend and stop for coffee, engage in dialogue about current issues, and learn about their community and neighbors.
Why do you want to serve on the EEFC Board? Two reasons: 1) community, food, complex challenges, and strategic planning are my favorite things to work on and 2) good, healthy food brings people together in ways nothing else can. I see a lot of opportunity to create impact with the EEFC board.
Dr. Marty Seltman
Dr. Marty Seltman
Question Answer
What is your experience as member, volunteer or staff member of the EEFC? My wife and I have been members since the early 80s. We were in a co-op in in Philadelphia in the 70s. That co-op was a working one so that we either went to the food distribution center or bagged produce for member pick up.
What experiences have you had with other co-operatives or non-profit organizations? I have served on the board of several nonprofits and was Residency Director at a Family Practice residency whose faculty functioned using a consensus model.
What experience and skills (professional or business) or unique perspectives would you bring to the EEFC Board? I am a retired family physician with a focus on nutrition and herbs for health and wellness. I have served on many other boards and hospital committees in both membership and leadership roles.
What do you think are some important one-year goals for the EEFC? 1. Successfully move into larger and more accessible space (or at least have a solid/specific plan to do so).
2. Increase the number of Black co-op members and staff.
3. Decrease the use of plastic in packaging.
Describe your vision for the EEFC five years from now. I would like to see a more diverse co-op membership, staff and leadership that is particularly welcoming to people who would not usually shop at the co-op. I would like to see the co-op take an active role in promoting social/racial/environmental justice.
Why do you want to serve on the EEFC Board? While practicing medicine in the east end, I regularly sent patients to the co-op for food and herbs. Now that I am retired, I have the time to devote to helping this vitally important organization.

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