University of Wisconsin–Madison

Gail Graham

General Manager, Mississippi Market Natural Foods

Gail Graham head shot

Gail Graham is passionate about the success of the cooperative movement and has devoted more than 40 years to working with co-ops in the natural products industry. Since 1999 she has served as general manager of Mississippi Market Natural Foods, a 3 store, 18,000 member consumer cooperative in St. Paul, MN.

Ms. Graham, a 2004 recipient of the CCMA Cooperative Service Award, is a recognized leader in her field. In addition to having served as general manager at 3 co-ops in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, she also has extensive board service, currently chairing the governance committee of CDS (Cooperative Development Services). Her many decades of board experience includes working with cooperatives, non-profits, community organizations, foundations, and, for 14 years, with UNFI, the publicly traded company that is the primary distributor to the natural and organics industry.

When she isn’t thinking about cooperatives, she spends her time thinking about great food and the joy it brings to cook for her family and friends.