John Jones – President
John Jones is a North Carolina native & resident of Greensboro. He has served on the Renaissance Community Cooperative Board for three years as chair. He has lived in Northeast Greensboro for 44 years. His work career included the Greensboro Police Department for 27 years and he currently volunteers with Moses Cone Hospital, Concerned Citizens of Northeast Greensboro, Citizens for Environmental and Economic Justice, Woodmere Park Association and Greensboro Voter Alliance. John serves as Deacon for Calvary Christian Center and is a proud booster of NC A&T University.
I have been involved with the Renaissance Community Cooperative since February, 2013 when I joined the Renaissance Community Cooperative Committee, tasked with developing the infrastructure of the RCC. I’m passionate about food justice and excited to be part of a project that will bring economic development, access to fresh, healthy foods, and community owned-wealth to North East Greensboro. I’m currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I graduated from Guilford College in 2010, and work at UNCG as the Program Coordinator for the African American & African Diaspora Studies Program.
I was born in London, England, came to the United States to do graduate work, met my wife Ann, and stayed. In the 1970s I taught ancient Greek and Roman studies for several years at UNC-Greensboro. I subsequently moved into Information Technology, where my last job was in the computer department of Freddie Mac, in the Washington, DC suburbs.
We retired back to Greensboro in 2009, and in 2010 became involved in the campaign to keep the White Street landfill closed. We made several friends in east Greensboro, and stayed involved. I’m a member of CEEJ and the Greensboro Voters’ Alliance. I’m active in my church (St. Barnabas Episcopal), currently serving on the Vestry, maintaining the website, and teaching a course in church history.
I have known about and believed in co-ops all my life. I grew up with co-operative grocery stores in. England. So I jumped at the chance to be part of the RCC from early on, and in summer 2013 joined the Steering Committee. I can write well, I’ve served on many committees, and have many years’ experience in project management.
Eleanor Graves – Treasurer
Eleanor has lived one block away from the future home of the RCC for more than 30 years. She purchased her home in Greensboro because it was within walking distance of a grocery store-the one that closed in 1998. That store closing caused her neighborhood to become a food desert.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Guilford College and a Master’s in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. She retired from Lucent Technologies as a Project Manager and from the US Postal Service’s Human Resources Center. Eleanor has been a member of the Co-op since 2013 and she strongly believes that affordable, healthy food should be easily available to everyone. She smiles each time she walks pass the construction site of the co-op and is looking forward to being able to walk to the grocery store again!
Floyd received his BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from ULL (University of Louisiana Lafayette) after which he went to work for three major Fortune 500 companies, one being the largest chemical company in the world. Floyd retired as Business Manager with BASF in 2007 to pursue his own business in Chemical Manufacturing and Sales. His company- NorAg Technology LLC, is located in Pelham, North Carolina.
Floyd brings to the Renaissance Community Cooperative project his business acumen and experiences from corporate America, as well as the belief that RCC will be the vehicle for renewed and community-driven economic development in Northeast Greensboro.
I started working around food issues when I was a young teen, raising money and working for a local food bank and soup kitchen. Since then I have worked in many areas within the production, packaging and service of food. I have direct grocery store experience and I have been organizing around food access in this city for the last few years as a member of Greensboro’s Food Not Bombs. Through FNB and our partnerships with the Interactive Resource Center and the Deep Roots Market coop, I have been able to help host community meetings on food justice as well as provide healthy food to over a hundred people each week. I have a degree in Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and will finish a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in the near future. I am involved in many different community focused projects and currently serve on the board of the Beloved Community Center.
Leo Steward served as the president of the Renaissance Coop Committee up until the RCC Board was elected and the Committee disbanded. He is a passionate supporter of the RCC project and is excited to bring a community-owned grocery store to his neighborhood in Northeast Greensboro!
Michael Valente – General Manager
Michael has over 23 years experience in the grocery industry, working his way up through every store department. He has worked extensively in both conventional and natural/organic markets, operating single and multiple locations. As a consultant, Michael used his extensive knowledge of store management to help troubled stores and cooperatives achieve profitability. His experience in the grocery industry and with co-ops makes him ideally qualified in his role as General Manager of the Renaissance Community Cooperative in Greensboro NC.