University of Wisconsin–Madison

Richard Drace

Board President, BriarPatch Food Co-op

Richard Drace head shot

Richard Drace has served as a director on the BriarPatch Board for six years, and as President of the Board for two years. During that time, the primary focus of the Board has been responding to the opportunities and challenges of BriarPatch’s remarkable success  — of sales growth, community engagement, and board/ management co-operation. Before joining the Board, Richard was part of several start-up and/or struggling organizations, so he has a particular appreciation for BriarPatch’s smooth functioning governance and store operations. He also teaches cooking classes for BriarPatch, and enjoys beekeeping, cycling, kayaking, and skiing.  This is his fifth CCMA conference, and he looks forward to sharing with other co-ops lessons we have learned.