• Board of Directors
  • HOW TO RUN FOR THE BOARD

    Thank you for your interest in serving on the Wheatsville Co-op Board of Directors.

    The Board is having amazing conversations right now about the future of Wheatsville, expanding the cooperative economy, and transforming society. Join the conversation! If your interest is piqued, there are a few things that you can do to explore whether Board work is for you; the first step is to attend one of our orientation sessions this summer.

    1. Attend a Board Orientation Session for Prospective Candidates. Directors from the nominations committee will explain the board’s work and get to know more about your interest in serving. RSVP by email: nominations@wheatsville.coop. Stop and check in at the Hospitality Desk when arriving for the session.

    Saturday, 6/3/17 at Guadalupe from 2-3 pm
    Wednesday, 6/7/17 at South Lamar from 7-8 pm
    Sunday, 6/11/17 at South Lamar from 1-2 pm
    Saturday, 6/17/17 at South Lamar from 1-2 pm
    Saturday, 6/24/17 at Guadalupe from 1-2 pm
    Wednesday, 6/28/17 at Guadalupe from 7-8 pm

    2. Attend a Board Meeting. Come see the Board in action! Meetings typically occur the third Tuesday of every month. (See schedule below). It is a good idea to check the board section of the Wheatsville website for any last minute changes if you are planning to attend.

    3. Join a Committee. The Board has many committees that are active at various times throughout the year. Joining one of them might be a great way to get more involved and to learn more about the Board’s work. If you think you might be interested in joining a committee, email boardemail@wheatsville.coop.

    I’ve Decided to Run, What Now?

    We ask that you read the following information carefully before filling out the application. Applications are due July 1st, 2017. We also ask that you read the Procedures for Co-op Vote on the Wheatsville website, which contains important information about candidate eligibility and requirements and how Co-op Votes to elect directors are conducted.  This election will fill three (3) seats. All of the seats will serve three (3) year terms.

    • The Owners of Wheatsville elect Board members during an election season in the Fall of each year (see Bylaws, Article 5.4.

    • The number of qualified candidates on the ballot will be limited to two qualified candidates per vacancy, plus one additional qualified candidate, with an overall cap of nine total qualified candidates.  For example, if there are three board places up for election, then up to seven qualified candidates will be placed on the ballot. If there are four or more board places up for election, then up to nine qualified candidates will be placed on the ballot.

    The Board has established the following criteria to screen candidates for their eligibility, preparation, and commitment to serve on the Board:

    1)  Be a fully invested owner of the Co-op in your own name and in good standing;
    2) Attend and participate in a Board Orientation Session for prospective candidates (see schedule below);
    3) Submit a current resume and recent photo with the application, due July 1st, 2017;
    4) Submit two references (personal or professional not related to the candidate) and a recent photo with the application;
    5) Attend a board meeting in 2017 before the ballot is finalized. The two remaining board meetings for doing so are listed below are 5/16/17 at 6pm at Guadalupe and 6/20/17 at 6:30pm at South Lamar;
    6) Confirm in the application the candidate’s ability to abide by the Directors Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct, if elected;
    7) Participate in an informal interview, if requested; and
    8) Agree to abide by any rules for candidates seeking election to the board.

    If the number of applications exceeds the cap, the Nominations Committee will select the most qualified candidates by evaluating each potential candidate against criteria enumerated in the Procedures for Co-op Vote available on the Wheatsville website.

    Owners not qualified through the Board of Directors’ Procedures for Co-op Votes may nominate themselves for a seat on the Board by submitting a petition signed by 100 or one percent of the total number of Owners in good standing, whichever is greater. (Bylaws, Article 5.2).  An owner nominated by petition must be a fully invested owner of the Co-op in the owner’s own name and in good standing. Petitions must be submitted by August 14, 2017, to be eligible.

    Candidates will have opportunities to present themselves to their fellow Owners at the Annual Fall Ownership Meeting, typically held in October.  Other opportunities to present one's candidacy to the owners might be scheduled as well.

    The following is the anticipated schedule for upcoming Board meetings and candidate orientation sessions.  We ask that you let us know when you plan on attending, so that we can alert you to any changes in the schedule or times.  All communications regarding your application can be sent to nominations@wheatsville.coop.

    Board Orientation Sessions:

    Saturday, 6/3/17 at Guadalupe from 2-3 pm
    Wednesday, 6/7/17 at South Lamar from 7-8 pm
    Sunday, 6/11/17 at South Lamar from 1-2 pm
    Saturday, 6/17/17 at South Lamar from 1-2 pm
    Saturday, 6/24/17 at Guadalupe from 1-2 pm
    Wednesday, 6/28/17 at Guadalupe from 7-8 pm

    Orientation sessions will be cancelled if there are no participants 15 minutes after the listed Orientation start time.

    Upcoming Board Meetings

    5/16/17 at Guadalupe at 6pm

    6/20/17 at South Lamar at 6:30pm

    7/18/17 at Guadalupe at 6pm

    8/15/17 at South Lamar at 6:30pm

    9/19/17 at Guadalupe at 6pm

    10/17/17 at South Lamar at 6:30pm

    November meeting is not yet scheduled.


    We think that Wheatsville owners are some of the most wonderful and amazing people in Austin. You are a group of individuals with diverse backgrounds, strong opinions, varied work and personal experiences who understand the importance of the coop model. Each Board Director agrees that it is a real pleasure to represent the owners of Wheatsville.