We are thrilled to announce that Patricia Cumbie will be joining our team as an owner services consultant. She began her cooperative career as the member services director at Seward Community Co-op in Minneapolis in 1989. Over the course of her career in retail food co-ops, including Mississippi Market and Lakewinds Natural Foods, she worked as a department manager, customer service manager, trainer and marketing and member services director.
Patricia is the co-author of several educational handbooks for food co-ops: the Brand Readiness Kit, How to Start a Food Co-op (revised edition), and the Member Equity Toolbox, and as well as Growing with Purpose, the 40-year history of Seward Community Co-op.
She said about her work, “I believe that our sector has the opportunity to strengthen its co-op education and outreach, and enhance the understanding of cooperation in more communities. I am confident my services will be of value by helping co-ops improve, structure, and strengthen their ownership programs.”
Contact Patricia to:
- Assess and improve your membership program
- Invigorate co-op culture in your co-op (staff orientations, membership meetings, community education)
- Plan your membership drive
- Tell your co-op’s story in your community