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Michelle Prosek

(board incumbent serving since 2020)

Director of Provider Reimbursement

Why do you want to be on the Outpost Natural Foods Board of Directors?

I want to be on the Board because I recognize this role as an opportunity to give something back to my community. I was fortunate to win a one-year term on the Board for 2020-2021 and have learned a lot and hope to bring that experience into another term.

What professional skills do you bring to a Board position of a $50 million business?

I am the Director of the Provider Reimbursement Operations and Solutions team at an insurance company. My team manages the development and maintenance of reimbursement for our entire network of providers. I lead a team of 120 people with a team of associate directors and management leadership. My role requires the ability to collaborate at and negotiate with all levels of the organization, including senior leadership. I have also had several roles in our organization that required public speaking and have been involved in several leadership trainings as well.

Describe your prior involvement with community organizations and/or cooperatives.

Previous to my term on Outpost’s Board of Directors, I was already on the Board of the local chapter of the AAUW (American Association of University Women), both as a member and chair of various subcommittees and also served on the board in various leadership roles. My wife and I have also facilitated a food drive on behalf of the Bay View Community Center for 13 years running, collecting almost $20,000 over the course of that time.

Describe areas in which you are culturally fluent with a diverse community.

I am part of the downtown chapter of a the AAUW (American Association of University Women). This organization is more than 100 years old and its primary mission is female empowerment. I have served in a variety of board positions for that group, where we distribute more than $50K worth of scholarships every year. Our focus is on removing barriers that young women in our diverse community face in reaching their self-determined lives. I’ve also served in a managerial capacity in my professional life for more than 20 years now and strive to be educated and fluent about diversity and inclusion. It is only by being willing to bring a variety of perspectives to the table that we find our best work. Finally, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to serve on the Outpost Board of Directors for the last year. The nine members come from a variety of cultures and ethnicities, and it is appropriate to bring these different perspectives to the issues that Outpost itself faces every day, in terms of food availability and the diversity of customers they serve. 

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