Board Leadership Development
Articles from CDS Consulting publications
Articles in Cooperative Grocer
Other works by Jade Barker
She was drawn to cooperation in college where she lived in a housing co-op in Berkeley, CA, and joined the Cambridge Food Co-op (now Harvest Co-op Market) when she moved to Massachusetts for graduate school. “I believe that participation is an important part of the democratic process,” she said about her attraction to cooperation and social justice. In 2001, she joined the startup effort for River Valley Market in Northampton, MA, served on the board for many years, and was its president from 2010-2013. She was recognized for her leadership excellence at the 2014 Cooperative Consumer Managers Association Conference with a Cooperative Board Service Award.
Jade once considered a career in law, but the win-lose paradigm didn’t appeal to her because she believes there are at least two sides to every story. This led her to become a professional mediator and co-director of the Mediation and Training Collaborative, a program of Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions, Inc. In this capacity, Jade worked in several schools grades 5-12, training students to be mediators. “Learning how to collaborate is crucial life skill and essential in working with groups of people,” she said. This is one of her strengths that she carries into all of her work with cooperatives and beyond.
Jade also believes that the work people do for co-ops should be meaningful and enjoyable. “I’m always striving to find ways that make work fun,” she said. “People grow when they are in a positive environment.” Jade also finds her experience with a startup co-op to be invaluable because she’s experienced the different stages of organizational development and has an understanding of what food co-op startups need. “I look forward to helping food co-op boards appreciate the process, listen, and improve their leadership skills,” she said.
Jade’s services include:
Officer Elections and Board Leadership
Solutions: Grab and Go - May 2017
So Our Co-ops are Mostly White, Now What?
CBLD Connections: September 2016
Components of a Successful System of Accountable Empowerment
Solutions: Grab and Go - December 2015
Grab and Go Governance
Solutions: Grab and Go - February 2015
Working Together to Realize a Vision: River Valley Market, Northampton, Mass.
CBLD Connections: August 2012
Great Idea: Think Ahead About Board Communication and Process
CBLD Connections: February 2012
Building Partnerships Across Race and Class
Talking About Race
River Valley Market Newsletter, Summer 2014
Growth is Not a 4-Letter Word
River Valley Market Newsletter, Spring 2013
Thriving, Not Just Surviving
River Valley Market Newsletter, Winter 2013
Power With Vs. Power Over: The Challenge of Cooperative Leadership
River Valley Market Newsletter, Summer 2012
We're Stronger Together
River Valley Market Newsletter, Spring 2012
Roslyn Malkin, Board Member, River Valley Market, Northampton, Mass.
Andrea Ayvazian, former Board Member, River Valley Market, Northampton, Mass.
Dorian Gregory, Board President, River Valley Market, Northampton, Mass.
Clare Morenon, former Board Vice-President, River Valley Market, Northampton, Mass.