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Board Function & Responsibility

In accordance with the cooperative principles, Mississippi Market is run by democratic member control. The board carries out this responsibility by establishing broad policy guidelines, recommending updates to our Articles and Bylaws — the legal documents that define and guide the co-op — and monitoring the performance of our general manager. The general manager’s function is to implement the policies established by the board and carry out day-to-day operations.

The Mississippi Market board of directors is a policy governance board. Co-op board members have the same duties as directors of any business. The unique identity of our cooperative also means that the board must act on behalf of our member-owners. The board does not engage in operational decisions at the store level but is legally responsible for the overall direction and performance of the co-op.

Serve on Your Board

One of the perks of co-op membership is applying to run for an open board seat. Each October, co-op member-owners elect new board members for three-year terms. This is an exciting opportunity to serve your community and lead your co-op in shaping our collective future. Learn more by submitting a board interest request, and we’ll get back to you with additional details.