Assistant Director, Food Co-op Initiative
Jacqueline served as the general manager of Common Ground Food Co-op (CGFC) in Urbana, IL from Fall 2006 through Spring 2015. There she combined her passion for business, management, and sustainable food with her belief that businesses should exist to enrich the communities in which they exist. During her time with CGFC she led the co-op through two expansions, the founding of their Food For All economic access program, and being the fastest growing retail food co-op in the nation from 2008-2013.
Jacqueline joined Food Co-op Initiative in March of 2015 so she can fully commit herself to her passion for new food co-op development. Before joining CGFC, Jacqueline spent over 25 years in retail management for independent local businesses.
In 2010 Jacqueline was named one of the “40 Under 40” business people of excellence by Central Illinois Business Magazine, and in 2011 she was awarded the Innovation Award for Economic Development Impact for her work with Common Ground Food Co-op. She received the Cooperative Service Award at the 2013 Crossroads Cooperative Summit and the Cooperative CEO of the Year award from the Illinois Cooperative Council in 2014.