Celeste Levitz-Jones

(incumbent)

Owner #2257

Why did you join the Dill Pickle? How have you participated as an owner?

I joined the Dill Pickle because I believe that a grocery store owned by its community members is a powerful thing. I also believe in supporting local food systems and the local economy. Also they sell delicious, healthy food!

As an owner, I’ve served on the Dill Pickle board of directors for the last year and am running for another term. I’ve participated in the Hands-On-Owner program, organized classes and workshops, attended annual meetings, and most of all shopped at the store...a lot!

Why do you wish to serve on DPFC Board of Directors?

I want to continue to be a voice of the owners in our community, and ensure the co-op stays strong and healthy.

What perspectives, skills, experiences, or affiliations do you hope to bring to board leadership?

Aside from my previous experience as a Dill Pickle board director, I am the owner of Five Point Holistic Health, a worker-owned Health Co-operative in Logan Square. I have experience in Human Resources, marketing, finance, operations, and community building, and I understand the unique strengths and challenges of cooperative businesses. I have been a Logan Square resident for almost 10 years, and I care a lot about this neighborhood and it’s residents.

In light of our recent expansion, how might the co-op open its doors wider to prospective new owners and community members?

I think the co-op should have more Spanish-speaking staff, labeling, and advertisements. I also think the store should be doing regular shopper surveys to find out what the experiences and expectations are of people who shop but aren’t owners yet.

Anything else you’d like to share?