Jacqueline Hannah

Food Co-op Initiative

Jacqueline worked in retail management for 25 years before joining FCI, 17 of those years in the natural foods industry, and 9 in the co-op natural food industry as general manager of Common Ground Food Co-op in Urbana, Illinois. During her time with CGFC she led the co-op through two expansions, the founding of their Food For All economic access program, and a rebrand. Common Ground Food Co-op was recognized as the fastest growing retail food co-op in the nation from 2008-2013.

In 2010 Jacqueline was named one of the “40 Under 40” business people of excellence by Central Illinois Business Magazine; in 2011 she was awarded the Innovation Award for Economic Development Impact by the University of Illinois; in 2013 she received the Cooperative Service Award from the Indiana and Illinois Cooperative Development Centers; in 2014 she was awarded Co-op Executive of the Year by the Illinois Cooperative Council.


Author's Articles

Title Issuesort descending Date

Expansions. Relocations. New stores. Parking lot overhauls. 

January 28, 2019

In the fall of 2007, an envelope landed on my desk at Common Ground Food Co-op (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.).

145 November - December - 2009 November 19, 2009

Bigger. Better. Stronger.

180 Sept-Oct 2015 November 12, 2015

“It has made all the difference in the world,” says Shelia Conboy.

183 Mar-Apr 2016 March 28, 2016

There are seven call groups happening in three regions of the country, serving two dozen startups, plus requests for calls in more regions.

189 March-April 2017 April 2, 2017

In 2015, Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) became aware of a pattern: The strongest developing food co-ops we worked with also tended to be some of the best-branded ones.

190 May-June 2017 June 30, 2017

On the board of directors of a food co-op, one thing you can absolutely predict is that there will be unexpected tough turns in the road at times—and there’s a good ch

194 Jan.-Feb. 2018 January 27, 2018