Board of Directors

Our Board gives you a voice

The Twin Cities Co-op Partners Board of Directors is elected by owners. They set long- and short-term goals, plan for our future, help manage co-op resources and act as trustees on behalf of you—our owners.

  • Sarita Parikh Director

    Sarita Parikh

    As a young adult, Sarita discovered the joys of eating healthy foods and the quest to support sustainable food systems. She finds co-ops a flourishing example of businesses that do well and do good.
  • Lisa Fittipaldi President

    Lisa Fittipaldi

    Lisa is passionate about the co-op, believing that we raise the bar for all Minnesota grocers by supporting local farmers and businesses that use sustainable practices. She has been a member of Wedge Community Co-ops for more than 25 years.
  • Yoshi Suzuki-Lambrecht Director

    Yoshi Suzuki-Lambrecht

    Yoshi’s motto in life is to “make more and to give more.” He has always been driven to gain the knowledge, skills and resources to make a greater impact on his community.
  • Mark Greene Treasurer

    Mark Greene

    Mark is recently retired from a distinguished financial services career, including CEO roles. He is eager to work together to strengthen the co-op, enrich its close-knit community and make it a truly special place for everyone.
  • Christine Page Director

    Christine Page

    Christine has a heart for working with people, encouraging inclusivity and inspiring action to strengthen our community. Through her past experiences, she is aware of the role food security and nutrition has in creating a strong, vibrant and equitable community.
  • Emily Anderson Vice President

    Emily Anderson
    Vice President

    Emily joined the Wedge Co-op board in 2013, and now continues to serve on the Wedge Community Co-ops board. Her introduction to co-ops began in 1974 as a volunteer at Seward Community Co-op, and co-ops have been a personal and professional passion since.
  • Bao Vang Director

    Bao Vang

    The co-op business model is a foundational part of Bao’s DNA. Her parents and their Hmong relatives created and operated a co-op in the 1980s. She currently serves as the Vice President of Communications for the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota–a non-profit that helps businesses enhance their customer experience.
  • Steve Share Director

    Steve Share

    Steve and his family are deeply invested in and committed to the co-op ideal. With more choices in the natural foods marketplace, Steve believes it is important to use his food dollars to support local, member-owned businesses. He has been a member of the co-op board since 2019.
  • Jobin Kadapurath Secretary

    Jobin Kadapurath

    Jobin grew up in a family with deep agricultural roots. His grandparents grew crops, raised animals and sold their produce locally, and his father worked to combat malnutrition through crop cultivation in semi-arid regions of the world. Food continues to be of great importance to his family.

The Board’s role and responsibilities

The Twin Cities Co-op Partners Board focuses on four key areas while upholding the code of ethics and conduct. The Board also oversees elections and recommends updates to the Articles and Bylaws, the legal documents that define and guide the co-op.

  • Hiring and evaluating the CEO
  • Financial oversight
  • Long-range strategic planning
  • Recruitment of board directors

Board Meetings

Owners are welcome and encouraged to attend regularly scheduled board meetings at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month via Zoom. Please email to RSVP at least 24 hours in advance of a meeting.

Becoming a candidate

Board applications for 2024-2025 are now closed. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview, following the schedule posted below.


Three years, beginning with the first board meeting following the October 22 Annual Meeting. The position requires an average commitment of 10–20 hours per month and offers an annual stipend of  $7,670.  

Open Seats

Three open seats, each for 3 year terms.

Candidate Selection Criteria

Applicants must be owners in good standing at the Wedge Community Co-ops as of the day of application. Current board members or employees of another Minnesota grocery co-op will not be considered. Twin Cities Co-op Partners has an ongoing commitment to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusiveness. People from all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. Our employment practices are in accordance with the laws that prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, age, marital status, familial status, veteran status, citizenship, pregnancy, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, status with regard to public assistance, or any other status category by applicable law.   


July 1 – August 16: Candidate interviews   

August 16: Candidate Slate Announced  

September 23: Voting Opens  

Annual Meeting October 22: Election Results Announced