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2022 Board of Directors Election

The election of the Board of Directors will take place virtually via Helios, a secure online voting tool. Voting will be open leading up to and during our Spring General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, June 1st from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, which is also taking place online.

In our 2022 board election, we must elect between three (3) and five (5) Directors to stay in compliance with our bylaws. Below, you may read about our 6 declared candidates for these board seats.

If you are unable to vote using our electronic voting tool, please email the Governance Committee at [email protected]. We will send you a ballot which you can print and drop off at the store. You may also choose to mail in your ballot to the Governance Committee at 2031 S Juniper St, Philadelphia, PA 19148. In order to be counted, all paper ballots need to be received by 8:30 pm on Wednesday, June 1st. Drop off or mail in ballots received after this deadline will not be counted in the election.


Frequently Asked Questions

(1) Who is eligible to vote for the Board of Directors?

According to Articles 1 and 4 in Section 2 of the bylaws, each member-owner household in good standing shall have only one vote on any single matter.

(2) What does "good standing" mean?

Good standing means you've either invested your entire $300 member-owner equity already, or you're reliably making scheduled investments on a payment plan.

(3) How do I know if I’m a member-owner in good standing?

You can check your member-owner equity on our website at www.southphillyfood.coop/current-member-owners. You may also choose to email [email protected] to ask about your eligibility to vote.

(4) How does the online voting process work?

Online voting will take place from Wednesday, May 18th to Wednesday, June 1st at 8:30 pm. An email containing online voting instructions, as well as the User ID and Password needed to access the online ballot, will be sent to the primary contact of each member-owner household in good standing. If the primary contact of your household does not receive this email or you are unsure who is listed as your household's primary contact, you may contact us for assistance at [email protected]. Learn more about Helios, our online voting platform, and how it is designed to secure the privacy of your vote.

(5) If there are multiple people in my member-owner household, do we each get a vote?

Nope. Only one vote per member-owner household. You can talk it over as a household and make selections that everyone agrees to, or just designate the primary member-owner to make the decision on everyone's behalf. Whatever works for you!

(6) If you receive multiple votes from the same member-owner household, what will happen?

The only way the Co-op would receive multiple votes from one household is if a given household votes via Helios and mails in a ballot. Should this happen, the Governance Committee will only count the vote submitted via Helios, as there is no way for a Helios election administrator to know who voted for whom.


Meet The Candidates

Below are the names and statements of the candidates, presented alphabetically by last name.

Molly Devlin, She/Her

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I want to join the Board to help continue to shape the co-op into the pillar of the community it already is. For me, it's more than a place to buy groceries -- it's a place to see neighbors and friends. I think cultivating this type of community hub is critical. The Co-op’s partnership with local organizations only reinforces that goal. It’s so much more than food.

I joined the Co-op because I am a firm believer in strong local food networks and ensuring everyone in the community has access to fresh, locally produced food. I deeply appreciate farmers, especially local ones (favorites include Blooming Glen Farm, Hillacres Pride), and how much they care about what they're producing. I’m a hobby baker, so I also have a strong commitment to treats and appreciate the co-op for providing access to local and non-local options.

In terms of my own lived experience, I've spent the last 4 years working in healthcare PR/media relations. This job has made me skilled at interacting with a variety of people -- I work with people from all over the globe from all walks of life every day. I have been told I am good at making people feel heard and empowered, which is always a goal of mine when addressing needs or problems. I am driven, passionate and persistent (for better or for worse). I will do my best to serve this community and ensure the Co-op has a thriving future.


Brendan Duffy, He/Him

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I care about South Philly Food Co-op as it is an opportunity to bring together people in the community in a manner that promotes healthy nutrition and local producers. Furthermore, the Co-op allows the community to voice what they need in a more direct way than is available at a traditional grocery store.

I want to be on the Board of Directors because I want to support the Co-op in its journey in becoming the most impactful business it can be. get to know the community that I live in better. I, along with all of the members, have first-hand seen what Lori, her team, and the Board have been able to accomplish since opening in 2020 and I want to both build upon their successes and, hopefully, bring a valuable new perspective.

I believe several of my lived experiences and perspectives that I would bring to the Board are valuable to the growth of South Philly Food Co-op. Professionally, I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) that works as an external auditor of large private and public companies. Beyond work, I have a passion for the values that embody South Philly Food Co-op. In school, I minored in Managing for Social Impact with a focus on Environmental and Economic Sustainability. Finally, I have had the opportunity to work with the Finance Committee over the past year as a non-board member learning about the operations of the co-op.


Xinxi Jiang, He/Him

I care about South Philly Food Co-op because it can serve the community through healthy and affordable food. As a South Philly resident, I want to see the Food Co-op succeed. By becoming a volunteer Board Member, this will allow me to achieve that goal of serving and helping the community through food. My background in business and finance can help the Food Co-op achieve its mission.


A Procik, They/Them

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South Philly is my home. Its gritty culture and vibrant diversity create a deep sense of welcoming community. I feel like I belong here, and I want my neighbors to feel the same. That’s why I’m seeking reelection to South Philly Food Co-op’s Board of Directors.

When I was elected to the Board two years ago, we were working hard to open our store. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, we were able to open in December 2020. I’m proud to be a part of the community that made that happen, and I hope you are also.

South Philly Food Co-op inspires me to reimagine what’s possible. It’s so much more than just a grocery store - it’s an opportunity to take collective action on our community values. Because the Co-op is member-owned, it's governed by, for and with our neighbors right here in South Philly. Together, we're reclaiming control over our food system and local economy.

I’m eager to contribute to that work by serving another term on the Board of Directors. As an organizer and equity strategist, I’m excited to continue to lend my human-centered community engagement and project management skills to the team. I’m also an avid cook and passionate hot sauce connoisseur, which may or may not come in handy.


Mallie Romanowski, She/Her

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I want to contribute to the community that you’ve started and that is here in South Philly. In my day job, I’m an advocate for anti-hunger legislation, I would love to bring any skills I have back to my neighbors.


Beckett Woodworth, He/Him

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At a young age, my sister and I had to take on caregiving responsibilities much earlier than anticipated because my mother began struggling with mental illness. Sometimes, it felt like we were fighting a system that wasn’t designed to work for us. So, I went to law school part-time to learn how to navigate these systems to help other families who face the same challenges that we did. As an evening student and commuter, I funded my legal education by advising businesses on their tax credits and incentives, which allows them to keep good, high-paying jobs in the Philadelphia area.

Working with community organizations in the past, I've seen how they can offer social support that the government is sometimes unable or unwilling to provide. After almost two full operating years, South Philly Food Co-op is at a turning point. To me, that means thinking big about how we can build a more resilient, healthy, and fair cooperative. We have the opportunity to make real investments in food access, good jobs, and local entrepreneurship.

As a young person with practical legal, accounting, and finance experience, I want to ensure SPFC has a long, sustainable future – and ultimately a surplus so that members can build wealth. Additionally, as member of the board, I would prioritize expanding the quality of services for our community; donate time, energy, and resources to help those in need; and leverage our strengths to create new services to address the needs of South Philly.