Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery

Kathy Nash

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  • Term: 1st term ends June 2017
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Kathy became familiar with the food cooperative business model as an Owner-Member and volunteer of Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana. Kathy saw firsthand the positive impact that the co-op had for the Urbana community, local farmers and food producers, and the power to revitalize the mall in which the store was located. Kathy’s passion and past exposure to food co-ops coupled with her project management and technical experience strongly support Prairie Food Co-op during the start-up phase. As co-founder of Prairie Food Co-op, Kathy worked with a nationally regarded co-op attorney to incorporate the business, co-led initial community organizing efforts, and leads project management efforts. Kathy works with industry experts such as Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) and Cooperative Development Services (CDS) to guide the project and ensure we continue our path to success. Kathy's highly regarded pragmatic leadership helped the co-op secure a $10K FCI grant and sparked the interest of the National Cooperative Grocers Association Development Cooperative (NCG DC) to assist Prairie Food Co-op in opening and successfully operating the grocery store (NCG DC is highly selective and provides assistance to only one or two food co-op start-ups nationally). Kathy is nationally recognized as a leader in board development and provides mentoring and peer support for food co-ops start-ups across the country.

Kathy graduated summa cum laude from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Science, Minor in Business Administration, and Concentration in Marketing. Kathy helped lead community organizing efforts in Champaign that accomplished passage of Illinois House Bill 211 - Contraceptive Equity in Health Insurance. Kathy is a Senior Systems Engineer and Mobile Application Analyst at the University of Illinois, where she has worked for the past 15 years. Kathy is serving a 3-year term.

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