Board Member, BriarPatch Food Co-op
Alan became interested in serving on the BriarPatch Board of Directors nearly 15 years ago when he learned that this little co-op was seriously considering building a new store that would greatly increase its reach in the community. His 14 years of service include two years as Treasurer, and four as President, a role he assumed when elected shortly after his professional retirement in 2013.
Most of his working life was dedicated to efforts to improve public high schools serving low-income kids, especially through the development of career academies at more than a dozen schools. He also played a major role in the development of private, non-profit youth conservation corps in most of California’s major cities, all of which are still thriving. The last ten years of his education work were based at the Graduate School of Education of the University of California, Berkeley, his alma mater.
“Although I feel I left behind some good work in my official career,” Alan says, “my greatest ‘work’ satisfaction has come from watching the BriarPatch become such a positive force in our community. When we finally got plans completed, someone asked me what my vision was for the new store. I said that I wanted us to create a place about which people outside our community would say, yeah, Grass Valley and Nevada City, that’s where they have this incredible co-op. There is no doubt in my mind that this vision is now a reality.”