Meet the Board of Directors
Amanda joined the board in 2015 and has focused on issues of board governance, setting strategic direction, and making MFC a fun and engaging organization that serves the Montavilla community. Professionally, she is a Senior Researcher for the Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, where she works on data-driven decision-making in criminal justice policy. Amanda lives in Montavilla with her husband and animals. She holds a Philosophy degree from Lewis & Clark College and a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University.
Growing up in Portland, good food has always been an integral part of Ben’s life. It’s not surprising to find that he now works for the region’s largest distributor of organic produce, Organically Grown Company, a grower and employee owned company. Ben has been with MFC since 2012, and helped steer the co-op toward electing its first Board of Directors. He was elected to the inaugural Board in 2013. Ben is passionate about, has a long history of supporting co-operatives, and has served MFC in many capacities. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in the Madison South neighborhood and is a graduate of University of Oregon.
Strategic Planning Chair
Ellen has been an advocate and supporter of co-ops since her days in Madison, Wisconsin, where she lived before moving to Portland in 2007. She has seen how communities can thrive when they have access to local, affordable, healthy food sources. She also recognizes the important role co-ops can play in disseminating information about nutrition and cooking, supporting local businesses, and serving as neighborhood gathering places. Ellen has long been passionate about locally-focused sustainable farming and food distribution, environmental stewardship, and education.
Ellen’s professional background is in energy efficiency, green building, and project management. She hopes to apply her knowledge and skill in these area to the planning, site selection, design, and operation of a co-op that will be a vital community asset for many years to come.
Outreach Committee Chair
Simone was appointed to the board in 2015 and leads the co-op’s efforts to recruit and engage members. She is a Senior Management Auditor at Metro, where she evaluates regional government services and operations. Simone has experience helping low-income and first-generation college students in the Portland area access higher education and sustaining community gardens in Pittsburgh and New York City. Born and raised in Oregon, she has resided in the Montavilla neighborhood since 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Vassar College and a Master of Science in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Business Committee and Strategic Planning Team Member
Amy became a member-owner in 2011, an active volunteer in 2014 and joined the board in 2016. She is the Fund Services Officer for Supporting Organizations and Trusts at the Oregon Community Foundation, where she helps donors achieve their charitable goals. Amy is a proud native of East Portland, a graduate of Reynolds High School and the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, with concentrations in Finance and Economics. Amy and her partner Shane have conceived and managed three craft sales for the co-op that allowed them to develop their crafting interests and talents, also raising more than $12,000 for the co-op. Amy has lived in Montavilla since 2000.
Rebecca joined the Board in 2016. She is the founder of Know Thy Food, a food buying club that started in 2008, and that is currently working on transitioning to a cooperative ownership structure. Rebecca also started Warehouse Cafe & Market, and ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to do so. She joined MFC as a sympathizer who is philosophically aligned with the idea of cooperatively owned community controlled grocery stores.
Andreas joined the Board in 2016. Through strong leadership with innovative and strategic sales and marketing ideas, he has been an intricate part of the growth of every business he was involved in for the past 25 years. Previously the Director of Sales for Organically Grown Company- the largest Wholesale Supplier of Organic Produce in the Pacific Northwest and the U.S., Andreas developed a company-wide account management structure that helped double the company’s business while he was there. He has played a key role in the launching of brands, structuring and training of teams, and in geographic/territorial expansion. Andreas received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College and a Food Marketing MBA from Santa Clara University.