Sarah lives in Montavilla and joined the Board in 2015. She is an attorney with Smith Freed &
Eberhard, PC. Sarah is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lewis & Clark Law School. A long-time supporter of food co-ops, Sarah was inspired to get involved with MFC while carpooling to grocery stores outside of the neighborhood. She believes in the power of co-operatives to address local needs, and is excited to use her legal knowledge and experience with coalition-building and negotiation to bring fresh food to the Montavilla community.
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.
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.
Amanda joined the Board in 2015. She is a Senior Research Analyst for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s office. Amanda lives in Montavilla and is a graduate of Lewis & Clark and Portland State University
Business Committee Member
Locally grown, healthier food options, supporting our community in the process. These are the reasons that I joined Montavilla Food Co-op. I believe that supporting our local farmers not only helps our local community, but it helps the environment. I am fairly new to the movement within the last few years, however have been supporter of the environment and sustainability for over 15 years and this is a natural transition.
Outreach Committee & Nomination Committee Member
Tony joined the Board in 2015. As the director of Economic Development with The Rosewood Initiative, Tony has gained valuable experience in grant writing, systems development, capacity building, business development and marketing. He is currently attending Portland State University and is working toward his Bachelor’s of Science in Community Development.
I was born and raised in Iron Mountain, Michigan–a town in that state’s remote Upper Peninsula surrounded by hilly mining country and stunning night-time quiet. As a kid I moved across the border to Wisconsin, got involved in politics, went to college in Madison, and got elected to the county board at 21. I was heavily influenced by parents and grandparents who survived the Great Depression and World War II. From them, I learned how to live according to a set of ethics I later observed to be embedded in the co-op values. In Madison, I earned a B. A. in history while serving two terms on the county board. Afterward, I settled into a fifteen year career at one of the country’s largest and oldest worker co-ops, Union Cab. In addition to spending 15 years in the romantic and dismaying lifestyle of a cabbie, Union elected me three times to it’s board, and once as president. After 21 years in Madison, I needed a change and moved here to Portland where I’m hoping to work on building co-ops.