Current Board of Directors
David King, Chair
David has worked in non-profit management and fundraising for 25 years. Recently, he set up his own firm (David P. King Fundraising Counsel, LLC) and is consulting to a national foundation working to conserve the world’s oceans, a botanical garden, a school foundation, and a state historic property. He has been an active member of food cooperatives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and in Washington, DC. David has been a key player since the Co-op’s inception, serving first on the Steering Committee before becoming one of the first five board members upon incorporation. David is in his second board term and has previously served in the roles of Treasurer and Secretary.
Michele Lord, Vice Chair
Michele brings over 15 years of management and training expertise with a commitment to community and education organizations. As a former Americorps member Michele’s career has been rooted in an effort to create innovative and lasting solutions through community ownership and responsibility. Michele brings a knowledge and passion for healthy and sustainable food, and an appreciation for the cooperative model developed during her 5 years as a member/owner of the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn, NY. Michele returned to Richmond in the fall of 2012 with a vision of establishing the Richmond Food Co-op. She led the original Steering Committee and served as the Board Chair in the first year of its development before stepping into the role of Project Manager. She now returns to a role on the board.
Joe Oliver, Treasurer
Joe has lived in Richmond for 20 years, but spends much of his professional time traveling and working in developing countries. For the past few years, he has structured and launched renewable energy projects and localized off-grid energy communities across Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. Joe developed a passion for retailing while serving as CEO and EVP – Operations for a Virginia-based men’s clothing chain and is excited to share his retail management ideas as a Co-op Board member. He has a background in finance, an MBA from the Wharton School, and has worked in more than 40 countries during his 25+ year business career. Joe has volunteered his time to support several Central Virginia organic farms and entrepreneurial food businesses, to support his beliefs in the importance of locally produced and unprocessed food, organic farming principles, and a healthy relationship between communities and their environment. When not at work, Joe helps his wife train for triathalons, hikes with his children, and enjoys the abundance of great craft breweries and innovative food and dining options available in Richmond.
Annie Andrews, Secretary
Annie is the Director of Operations at Feedmore, Central Virginia’s core hunger relief organization made up of the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, and the Community Kitchen. In her role, she oversees the food sourcing and procurement, shopping and distribution, and transportation departments. Originally from Chesapeake, VA, Annie made her way to Richmond via Williamsburg, where she attended The College of William & Mary. Working in restaurants throughout college started Annie’s career path in the food industry, but her passion for food began at home. Raised in her grandparent’s garden, fresh produce and family meals are traditions she tries to keep going with her two children, Maddie and Owen. In 2009, Annie joined a local CSA and sees the Co-op as a natural extension of the food movement in Richmond. Personally and professionally, she believes the Co-op model is the next step in providing sustainable access to fresh, healthy, and local foods. Annie’s career in the food industry will offer valuable insight and experience as the Co-op embarks on this next phase of development.
Michael is a Ph.D. student in the Constructed Environment program at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and a software developer at Sea Island Software. He served for five years on the board of directors of Durham Co-op Market in Durham, NC during their start-up phase. He and Kathryn Lester-Bacon live in Church Hill and enjoy brisk walks in Richmond’s parks and live music. He is a member of Second Presbyterian Church.
Jamille, a Richmond native, is a founding member of the Richmond Food Co-op and is passionate about bringing local, natural and organic foods to our community. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Spelman College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law. She also serves as the Chair of the Literacy through Art Outreach Program for The Junior League of Richmond, a women’s volunteer organization focused on helping children and mothers in Richmond’s East End and Southside. Jamille is an attorney in the Richmond area and hopes her expertise can help the Co-op flourish.
Stacey has worked in the finance industry for over 15 years, and recently earned her MBA from VCU. She moved to Richmond “temporarily” after graduating from college, but the evolution and charm of the city enticed her to stay. Stacey now raises her two daughters, Maya and Ellie, in the city limits. She is passionate about the betterment of the Richmond community, including its public schools where her daughters have attended for the last ten years.
A vegetarian for nearly twenty years, Stacey believes strongly in the benefits of a healthy diet and local sourcing. When she is not working downtown or taxiing her kids around Richmond, she enjoys traveling, live music, photography, skiing, and running. Stacey has been a member of the Co-op since its first year, and began working as a volunteer soon after. She is honored to be a part of the Co-op’s Board at such a pivotal time as we move together toward opening the store.