Board of Delegates: Mariposa Food Co-op’s board of delegates is made up of three officers and ten other members representing various committees of the membership as well as the membership at large. The board meets monthly and makes most major corporate decisions, though amendments to the bylaws and basis of membership are reserved for the membership at large.
Peter Sachs Collopy, Convener (President), is a doctoral candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on Mariposa’s board of delegates for almost three years; on Mariposa’s membership, education, election, and fundraising committees; and on the board of directors of the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association. Peter has also presented at the Mid-Atlantic Conference for Start-up Food Co-ops, conducted training sessions on meeting facilitation for cooperative governance, and consulted for food co-ops in Cleveland and South Philadelphia.
Benjamin W. Jordan, Treasurer, is Marketing Analytics Manager for Burt’s Bees, a brand of the Clorox Company. He has worked for Burt’s Bees in various roles for the past six years, starting as a strategic business analyst. In his current role, Ben supports the marketing team with statistical models and consumer research. Previously, he was Director of Analytics for Kantar Retail, a leading consumer packaged goods consulting group. Ben has a degree in economics and computer science from Connecticut College and chairs Mariposa’s finance committee.
Karena Thurston, Secretary, is an architectural designer at Zimmerman Studio LLC with nine years of professional experience in all phases of projects, from programming to construction administration. Her portfolio includes complex renovation and adaptive reuse projects for nonprofit, corporate and institutional clients including elementary schools, offices, and research laboratories. Karena is also an advocate for a more sustainable Philadelphia who volunteers her free time providing design services to nonprofits and community groups.
Joe McNulty, Expansion Committee Delegate, is Main Street/Commercial Corridor Manager for University City District. While at UCD, he has offered technical assistance to businesses along neighborhood commercial corridors, bringing in $640,000 in public funding and leveraging over $3 million in private commercial investment. He has a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and eight years of experience in community and economic development, community organizing, and green building in the Philadelphia region. His past work includes establishing a green building program for Habitat for Humanity and leading the development of a comprehensive neighborhood plan with community input while at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation. Joe also serves on the board of directors for Curio Theatre Company and was appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to Pennsylvania’s Pedalcycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee in 2010.
Thomasin Parnes, Staff Collective Delegate, is Mariposa’s grocery and body care buyer. After being swept into the world of organic/natural foods, nutrition, and food politics through a job at another Philadelphia independent natural foods store, Thomasin has worked for six years at Mariposa as a store manager, buyer, receiver, and staff liaison to a number of the organization’s member committees. Outside of Mariposa, Thomasin works as an artist and illustrator and is a member of two local artists’ collectives.
Sarah Szymanski, Membership Accountability Team Delegate, is an environmental scientist with React Environmental Professional Services Group, responsible for environmental site assessments and remediation work in the Philadelphia region. She is also an organizer of the Pocket Farm, a small urban farm in West Philly supported by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and USDA. Sarah has also served on the board of directors and finance committee of the Inter-Cooperative Council at the University of Michigan.
Morgan Andrews, At-Large Delegate, is a theatre artist, yoga teacher and self-taught vegan chef who joined Mariposa Co-op in 1998. Morgan lives in and serves as the board president for the Life Center Association housing co-op in West Philadelphia.
Steve Beuret, At-Large Delegate, has been a member of the coop since the late eighties, a board member for nearly three years and the Co-op’s volunteer coffee buyer since 2007. After working in video engineering and computer animation through the 80’s and 90’s he’s been working independently as a programmer and internet problem solver.
Daniel Flaumenhaft, At-Large Delegate, is the director of Crossroads Music, which organizes performances in Philadelphia by musicians from around the world. Daniel has served Mariposa as convener and on the bylaws, mission/vision, hiring, transition, and probation committees, and was a board member of the Cherry Tree Music Co-op. He is currently on the communications committee of the Mid-Atlantic Food Cooperative Alliance, and has given presentations or consulted on cooperatives for organizations in Philadelphia and Binghamton, New York.
Mica Navarro Lopez, At-Large Delegate, is a nonprofit professional at the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, where they work to establish and run elementary school library programs, supporting youth literacy development and achievement. Mica has five years of experience in food systems, including leadership roles in the natural foods industry and commitment to community farmers markets and urban farms. They previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in business consulting, delivering strategic supply chain and system implementation services to healthcare, energy, and manufacturing clients in Greater Philadelphia, Latin America, Asia, and Europe.