John C. Raezer

2011 Board Elections Candidate Statement:

Work: Senior Director, Strategic and Financial Planning, Comcast
Non-Profit: Steering group member, SPFC; Board member, Passyunk Square Civic Association; Board member, NextLevel Sports; Big Brother, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Education: Harvard, B.A. in Economics; Wharton, MBA

1. Tell us about yourself, work, beliefs and values and include your experiences and accomplishments with any of the SPFC organizing committees?
I believe in the value of communities and the active role that each of us can play in making our neighborhoods a more enriching place to live. I enjoy shaping the initial direction of new efforts (both at work and in my non-profit work) and have been lucky to have had the chance to do so on the steering group of the SPFC. At SPFC, I was one of the founding members of the steering committee and led the initial development of our bylaws. I look to continue to play a role in developing a sustainable financial model for the co-op.

2. Why do you value Cooperatives?
For me cooperatives are a means for the community to come together and create a store that meets the unique needs of their community. In addition, it helps keeps funds within the community and can serve to better support local food providers.

3. What is your definition of a Cooperative?
A cooperative is a member owned business who mission is to serve the needs of its members and more broadly (in my opinion) foster greater community cohesion, education and involvement.

4. What is your vision of growth for a South Philly Food Cooperative?
My vision for SPFC is for it to create a medium sized food store here in South Philadelphia that provides local residents with access to highly nutritious and local food in a cohesive, educational and fun community environment.

The rest of the candidate statements are available here.