Position title: 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, MN. 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, MN. He is a board member with the Seward Civic and Commerce Association (SCCA), 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, National Co+op Grocers General Managers Annual Conference and the National Cooperative Business Association IMPACT Conference.