What's your name? Lynn Mandarano
Why is the Co-op important to you? Becoming a Board member is important to me because it would enable me to contribute more directly to a cause that is dear to me. I have long supported local CSAs, farmers markets, and local businesses to eat healthy, locally, and organically. Becoming a Board member would be a natural extension of this commitment. In addition, I am excited about the opportunity to join the Board as it transitions from a working to governing role and would come to this position with an open mind knowing that there will be challenges along the way.
When did you join, and (if applicable), how have you been involved? While I recently became a member-owner in December 2018, I have been following the development of the South Philly Food Co-op since it was first mentioned at a Passyunk Square Civic Association monthly meeting several years ago.
How will your experience, skills, or unique perspectives strengthen the Co-op board? I would bring to the Board prior nonprofit board experience and academic expertise in community engagement, sustainability, and social equity. My board membership experience includes serving on a working nonprofit board and chairing its education programming committee. I also have several years of experience volunteering for nonprofits as a member of governance, fundraising, planning, and community engagement committees. As an Associate Professor, I have developed expertise teaching community engagement and sustainable development at the Planning and Community Development department, Temple University. Naturally, my interest lies in contributing to the South Philly Food Co-op board’s marketing and communications and food justice and equity committees.