1605 E. Kalamazoo, Lansing, Michigan • 517.999.2222 • M-F 10-7, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4

ELFCO Board of Directors

John Reich, Treasurer

Alexis Murray, Secretary

John Schweitzer, Vice President

Stephen Gasteyer, President

Board Member Application

East(side!) Lansing Food Cooperative Board Member Job Description

ELFCO is looking for people having a positive, can-do attitude and the willingness and time to participate in the governance of a nonprofit consumer natural food cooperative.


To serve on the governing Board as a voting member, develop policies, procedures and regulations for the operation of ELFCO; monitor finances of the organization, its programs, performance, and impact on the neighborhood and the larger community.


  • Attend and participate in regular board meetings (approx. 9 to 12/year)
  • Attend and participate in committee meetings as appropriate
  • Participate in Board Trainings/Workshops from time to time.
  • Prepare in advance to make educated decisions, through review of materials, discussions, etc.
  • Listen respectfully to other points of view
  • Participate in thoughtful and civil organizational decision-making


  • Establish policy
  • Determine ELFCO’s missions and purposes
  • Develop strategy to meet those missions and purposes
  • Ensure effective organizational planning
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate a General Manager
  • Help secure funding (fundraisers, capital campaigns, grant development/oversight)
  • Financial oversight
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability
  • Recruit new board members


  • You must be a member of ELFCO to serve on the Board