About the Co-Op

Our Vision: Phoenix Food Co-op will be a community-owned cooperative grocer that provides healthy, locally-produced, and accessible food, while also working to create a community space for all people to gather.

Our Steering Committee


Domenico Nicosia

Domenico is an Arizona native who values the power of food to bring people together. He is passionate about reducing waste, being outdoors and watering his plants. His background is in marketing and journalism.

Ian O'Grady

Born and raised in the Valley, Ian's passion is bringing people together. His projects have worked to advance economic innovation and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and political representation. Ian currently works in community development.

Karen Loschiavo

Karen is a Phoenix-based digital marketing freelancer who works primarily with Democratic political campaigns. Her interest in moving from globalized to local food systems intensified with the COVID-19 pandemic and she brings her range of digital skills to help guide the Co-op towards building a local food hub in central Phoenix.

Gabe Gardener

Gabe is passionate about food access and education. He strongly believes that the co-op brings equity to the food system while building community. Gabe's background as professional chef and culinary educator lend a unique perspective to the co-op. His current work helps bridge the gap between entrepreneurship, food access, and local food production.

Richard Starling

As head of the Arizona Cooperative Initiative and the Arizona Community Land Trust, I work on creating economic models that support both human interaction and a healthy and thriving planet. And, yes, I have a fondness for wild blueberries!

What is a co-op?

Cooperatives are people-centered enterprises owned, controlled, and run by and for their members to realize their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations. -International Co-operative Alliance

Unlike corporate chains, food co-ops are totally independent and owned by the community members who shop there. So instead of focusing on investors, food co-ops focus on their community.

Most co-ops (including us!) follow these seven principles:
1. Voluntary and open membership
2. Democratic member control
3. Member economic participation
4. Autonomy and independence
5. Education, training, and information
6. Cooperation among cooperatives
7. Concern for community

Learn more about cooperatives here.