Martha Whitman loves the business of co-ops and has participated as a worker, manager, and director of food cooperatives and credit unions for over 30 years. She was honored to have the opportunity to grow La Montaňita Food Co-op’s reserves that made possible its move to the flagship store in 1987. Later Martha served on its board for ten years, nine as board president. During that time she worked with NCG creating and leading regional leadership trainings and writing for its quarterly LEADer newsletter. In 2008 Martha received the Howard K. Bowers Fund Cooperative Board Service Award. For the 2012 UN International Year of Cooperatives she served as chair for NCBA’s Public Policy Committee. Between her background in co-ops as well as owning and managing private businesses, Martha is now utilizing those skills and experience as a consultant and member with CDS Consulting Co-op and is eager to help strengthen our co-ops in a healthy and sustainable way.