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Questions, Comments, or Concerns for Council

In lieu of Letters to the Editor previously accepted for printed publishing in the GreenLeaf newsletter, Letters to Council are accepted for review by the Member Engagement Committee and Council for potential inclusion on GreenStar’s website along with a response from Council. Please limit your letter to no more than 750 words. Letters are published on a monthly basis with the Council News report published here.

You may submit your questions, comments, or concerns by email to:

Council Documents

Looking for the GreenStar Policy Book, GreenStar’s bylaws, Council & Committee meeting agendas, minutes, and information? Click the link below to visit the Council & Committee downloads page to find those documents.

Please Note: Council Meetings are currently being held online. If you’d like to attend, contact

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Our Board of Directors

Marilyn Chase
Marilyn Chase

Council Elections (Chair); Executive Planning (Chair); Governance, Personnel (Ad Hoc)

RJ Isley
RJ Isley

Elections; Executive Planning; Member Engagement (Chair)

Diane Hillmann
Diane Hillmann

Executive Planning; Finance (Chair)

Pamela Coleman
Pamela Coleman

Executive Planning, Governance

Michael Buffett

Elections; Finance

Eldred Harris
Eldred Harris

Personnel (Chair); Council Elections

Dan Hoffman
Dan Hoffman


Gary Kuchmeister
Gary Kuchmeister

Membership Engagement

Yalverton Luckain

Finance; Governance

Pat Sewell
Pat Sewell

Executive Planning, Governance (Chair), Council Elections

Ed Swayze
Ed Swayze

Membership Engagement


What Does Council Do?

GreenStar’s Council is its Board of Directors, the governing body that our member-owners elect to make policy decisions that affect the direction of the Co-op and to safeguard our assets. Council works with the General Manager to define how the Co-op’s long term goals will be reflected in store operations, making decisions about expansion possibilities, continuing our comprehensive revision of policies, and much more. Council functions best when it has a diverse and representative membership made up of committed and caring individuals.

Get Involved by Serving on GreenStar’s Council

Co-op member-owners interested in running for Council must: 

  • Attend a Council Candidate Information Session. These hour-long sessions will be held at various times throughout the year.
  • Attend at least one full Council Meeting. Meetings are held every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm via Google Meet. Email for instructions on how to attend the meeting.
  • During the election period, candidates must attend at least one member-owner function, though attendance at both is highly recommended: the Annual Member Meeting (held in October) and a Council Candidate Forum. These events give Co-op member-owners an opportunity to meet you and ask questions before casting their vote.
  • Submit the Declaration of Candidacy form by September 1 to appear on the ballot.

Get more information by contacting Council at

Serve on a GreenStar Council Committee

GreenStar’s Council seeks applications from Co-op members in good standing interested in serving on any of our various committees. You may nominate yourself or another member. Committees play a crucial role in providing research, preparation, and recommendations for proposals and issues to be voted on by Council. Committees have seats for Council members, staff, and other (“at-large”) GreenStar members. Committee members earn a 8% discount on purchases for their work. Learn more or apply now!

Get Involved! Serve on a Council Committee

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GreenStar’s Ends Statements

The Purpose of GreenStar Cooperative Market:


– to Nurture a constructive, dynamic, and supportive cooperative community, and a culture of shared purpose and respect among people of diverse backgrounds.


– to Foster cooperative attitudes, cooperative ownership as an alternative economic model, collaboration among cooperatives and like-minded businesses, and engagement with the larger co-op movement.

Local, Democratic Control

– to Ensure local, democratic control of the cooperative through open participation in and transparent governance of a member-owned retail food store.

Good Food, Plus

– to Provide wholesome, healthy, affordable and ethical food choices, as well as quality goods and services to support a healthy lifestyle.


– to Make a meaningful contribution toward ecological sustainability, including a zero-carbon footprint and increased local and regional food self-reliance.


– to Ensure that its members and shoppers can learn about cooperatives, food, regional and community-based food systems, health, sustainability and social justice.


– to Show by example that a successful business can be an empowering and safe work environment, committed to fair treatment of both people and animals, and dignity and non-discrimination for all, including those whose labor produces and provides the goods carried by the Co-op.