Albuquerque, New Mexico
Board Leadership Development
Articles from CDS Consulting publications
Articles in Cooperative Grocer
Other works by Martha Whitman
She said that her experiences working with co-ops have been so positive that she said “it has motivated me to use all my energy and talent to make them better.” As part of her work with cooperatives, she was the former manager of La Montanita Food Co-op in Albuquerque, and later served on the board as its president. Martha was also the vice president of finance at School Personnel Credit Union in San Francisco. She received the Howard K. Bowers Fund Cooperative Board Service Award in 2008, and was the chair of NCBA’s public policy committee during the 2012 United Nations International Year of Cooperatives.
Throughout her career, Martha has led successful cooperatives and promoted good governance process with the understanding that they co-exist within a capitalist system. “I believe co-ops are a hopeful endeavor and a solution to some of the negative aspects in our economy,” she said. Martha thinks one of the challenges contemporary boards are addressing today is how to continually define the co-op within the marketplace as values-driven organizations and strong business partners.
Governance has a critical role in driving that conversation. From her perspective, it is important that co-ops look at the global picture and see themselves as players in making a better world. Martha is particularly drawn to assisting co-op boards because they often attract passionate people who sometimes find out governance is different from what they thought it might be. “I want to share what I’ve learned about what makes the work more interesting and effective. I am eager to help strengthen our co-ops in a healthy and sustainable way,” she said.
Martha’s services include:
Gaining Grocery Fluency
Solutions: Grab and Go - July 2017
Officer Elections and Board Leadership
Solutions: Grab and Go - May 2017
Governance Considers in Multi-Store Co-ops
CBLD Connections: May 2016
Cash Is King: Reviewing Cash-Flow Statements
NCG LEADer: Spring 2015
Through the Looking Glass: Make Your Board's Transparency Obvious
NCG LEADer: Winter 2014
Competition: What is the Board's Role?
NCG LEADer: Summer 2013
There's a Committee for That!
NCG LEADer: Winter 2012
Key Leadership Tools for the Board Chair
NCG LEADer: Fall 2012
A Crisis Communications Plan
NCG LEADer: Fall 2011
Trust and Verify: Don't Monitor Alone
NCG LEADer: Winter 2010
New Director Orientation: Who Does What...and Why Bother?
NCG LEADer: Fall 2010
Kim Lindgren, Board President, Southwest Farm Fresh Co-op, Durango, CO
Ariana Marchello, Board President, La Montanita Food Co-op, New Mexico
Karen Zimbelman, Director of Membership and Cooperative Relations and Facilitator of BEST (Board Effectiveness Support Team), National Co+op Grocers
C.E. Pugh, Chief Operating Officer, National Co+op Grocers (Former General Manager of La Montanita Food Co-op)