Andy Rawdon

Andy Rawdon


Position: Board Member

I have been a member of the Co-op since February 2018 when I moved to Potsdam following my retirement. I previously lived in Potsdam in the early 1960s when my father taught at Clarkson, and again from 1973 to 1977 when I was an undergraduate at SUNY Potsdam. I now do freelance grant writing for several national and international organizations. Since joining the Co-op I have volunteered on the fundraising committee tasked with exploring options for funding of the proposed Co-op relocation and expansion. As a Co-op Board member, I will be able to increase my involvement in the dynamics of this transition and help to enhance the organization’s stability and growth.

I am an attorney and a professional grant writer. I have over 40 years’ business experience in government, corporate and nonprofit environments. I have a life-long commitment to environmental, economic, and social justice ideals. The presence of a food Co-op represents a community’s endorsement of these ideals. What do I appreciate most about the Co-op? When considering where I wanted to retire, the existence of a food Co-op was a prerequisite. What do I think is working well? The Potsdam Co-op fulfills the increasingly-important value of encouraging and supporting local suppliers. What do I think is missing? The Co-op needs to expand so it can support more local suppliers yet retain a quality “experience” for its members and shoppers. The future will see the Co-op as an increasingly-important, vibrant, and welcoming resource in downtown Potsdam.

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