Prairie Food Co-op Community Grocery

Beth Peluse










Hometown: Lombard

Owner #: 6

Why are you interested in serving on the Prairie Food Board of Directors?
I had previously served on the Prairie Food Co-op board for several years before stepping down to pursue a degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability. I have since completed my degree and would love to rejoin the board to contribute to helping us not only open the doors to our beautiful new store but to ensure our store thrives after opening day. I am very passionate about giving our community the opportunity to have local, sustainable food while keeping the money in our local economy.

Employment: Please tell us about your Past or Present Employment 
I am currently the Conservation@Home Program Manager at The Conservation Foundation. In my role, I encourage and empower individuals to make meaningful environmental impacts in their own yards and green spaces by meeting them wherever they are at in their experience and knowledge level. I provide free yard consultations, certify eco-friendly yards, and provide educational programming throughout the community. In my previous experience, I was the Marketing Director for an adventure travel company as well as a travel guide. I believe I have developed relatable skills from my current and previous roles that are relatable to the work that is required for the PFC board.

Volunteer: Membership/Affiliations past and present
Current Ownership & Outreach committee volunteer
Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors volunteer

Volunteer: Leadership positions held past and present
Previous Prairie Food Co-op Board Member

Current Ownership & Outreach committee chair

Volunteer: Honors/Awards Received
The Helen Plum Library referendum passed!

Which of the following areas do you have expertise?
Communications, Marketing/Public Relations, Event Planning

What experience, education, and skills do you have that you feel will contribute to your effectiveness as a Prairie Food Director? 
I feel the marketing, communications, event planning, and organizational skills I've developed throughout my career and educational experiences make me an effective Director candidate.

What are your personal goals for Prairie Food Co-op?
To see our doors officially open and for PFC to continue to grow as a cornerstone of our community.

What experiences have you had with food co-ops in the past?
I previously served on the PFC board.


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