Operations Manager, Seward Community Co-op
Raynardo Williams is operations manager at Seward Community Co-op, a 20,000-member food cooperative with two grocery stores and a café in Minneapolis. Ray is passionate about healthy food access for all, with a focus on communities of color; increasing diversity and inclusivity within food cooperatives; and raising awareness of cooperative economics in communities of color.
Ray has several years of leadership experience in retail food cooperatives and the financial services industry. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration at National American University and a master’s degree in management at Hamline University in St. Paul. He is a board member of Walker West Music Academy in St. Paul and Food Co-op Initiative in Savage, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and a mentor with Be The Change mentoring program. Conferences at which he has presented include: the Consumer Cooperative Management Association Annual Conference, Up and Coming Food Co-op Conference and the National Cooperative Business Association IMPACT Conference.
Born and raised in St. Paul, Ray lives in Minneapolis and enjoys traveling, cooking, fashion, and spending time with family and friends.