Board elections - Spring 2024

SunCoast Market Co-op is executively managed by an elected Board of Directors. The primary responsibilities of the Board of Directors are to provide overall direction and ensure the long-range security and viability of the Co-op, and to develop policies necessary to carry out the duties of the board and the functions of the cooperative! The directors are elected from and by our owner-members. Each year there are at least 3 board seats open for election. Applications from interested candidates open March 4, 2024 and are due by March 17, 2024. Current election voting opens April 1 and closes April 19.

The terms of election are as follows:

  • Board Directors will be elected for three-year terms.
  • Three board seats will be up for election each year.
  • When a seat is vacant, additional board seats may be available for election.
Click here to vote (Open April 1-19)

2024 Candidates

Beverly Florence
Board Member

I moved to Imperial Beach in 2015. I immediately knew I had happened into a Hidden Gem, not having any real prior knowledge of IB. I just knew I found my perfect condo by the Sea. Come to find out I have found so much more. I immediately wanted to be involved with SunCoast Market as soon as I found out about them. Working with SunCoast Market, my connection to this community continues to grow. 

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, and after completing a career of 29 years with a Major airline living in the Southwest high desert, destiny would have it that my next chapter would be by the ocean living a healthy active lifestyle, while working to get Imperial Beach’s first community owned local healthy grocery store.
Being a part of the Suncoast Market for several years has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had. I am more committed and dedicated to this effort. I have always said SunCoast Market grocery store co-op is MORE THAN JUST A GROCERY STORE…all you have to do is read about SunCoast and the principles in which we live by to understand why.

Anna Kirsner
Board Member

I was born and raised in Joliet, IL. I moved to San Diego in 1996, where I met my husband. Together, we are raising our twin boys in Imperial Beach. I have spent 30+ years in the restaurant business, including eight years of entrepreneurship. I am the founder/owner of Pretty Provisioned, a small-batch producer of dill pickles and pasta sauces. My goal as a business owner has always been to provide wholesome, scratch-made, and delicious food to the communities of San Diego. My career and experience have equipped me with excellent customer service, knowledge of food quality, food waste and food safety, employee management, inventory management, strong decision-making, vendor relations, product branding, marketing, confidence, and leadership. My passion for quality food led me to join the SunCoast team at its earliest stage. I am very excited to see SunCoast become a reality. I aim to convince as many of our Imperial Beach community members as possible about the importance of consuming natural, clean, whole foods. Together, as a team, we are creating something incredible. I look forward to bumping into all of you soon at our community-owned, natural foods grocery store!

Brooke Truesdale
Board Member

My family has called the wonderful community of Imperial Beach home since 2016. On a typical day you can find us out and about enjoying the local restaurants, playing pickle ball, or walking in the estuary. I have spent the last decade working in major gift fundraising at institutions such as UC San Diego, Sharp HealthCare Foundation, the San Diego Zoo, and Reef Check Foundation. I am passionate about wildlife, the environment, sustainability and human rights. I became a member of SunCoast after attending an event and learning more about what this will bring to the community. I joined the finance committee, the outreach committee, and the steering committee before volunteering for the role of Fundraising Chair on the board. I am endlessly impressed with the knowledge, tenacity, and determination of the members of the board and I find myself leaving each meeting feeling inspired and grateful to be part of this group.

About our Board Elections

Eligibility and Expectations

Per our Bylaws, a nomination committee will develop the process and materials for each election. Eligibility:

  • Member of a household or business/organization that has been a SunCoast owner-member for at least six months prior to date that voting opens
  • Only one individual per ownership is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors at a time
  • Eighteen years of age or older
  • Must be able to use email, Internet, and basic technologies for Board communications
  • Is committed to a 3-year term

Below are the expectations for anyone running for a board position:

  • Please be aware that this is a very busy season for SunCoast. We are a working board (meaning we act as both staff and directors) so you should be prepared to dedicate an average of 5 hours per week or more to attend meetings, participate in committee work or special projects, and attend trainings. There are also urgent tasks that require prompt response times.
  • Candidates must understand the requirements for a Board of Directors position. Once elected, the Board will also elect officers, including President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Position descriptions are available in the Candidate Packet.
  • Candidates must agree to and sign the Code of Conduct provided in the Candidate Packet.
  • To protect the interests of the co-op, candidates agree to maintain strict confidentiality on certain matters.
  • Each candidate is expected to complete the application, including a short personal statement and photo that will be posted on this website for owner-members to view when voting.
  • Candidates may receive a call from the nomination committee to discuss their candidacy.
  • Each candidate is expected to attend at least 1 board meeting prior to election.
Read our bylaws View director description View Officer Description View Code of Conduct

Think you’d be a valuable addition to the board? Consider running for a seat in the election!

Application Process:

  1. Download candidate packet below
  2. Review all materials
  3. Complete and submit application
  4. Attend a board meeting
  5. Complete an introductory call with the Elections Nomination Committee
  6. An interview may be requested

Interested in being more involved but not in a board position? Consider joining a committee and attend our monthly board meetings.

Download Candidate Packet Complete Your Application


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