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 Issue Date

Expansions. Relocations. New stores. Parking lot overhauls. 

January 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

183 Mar-Apr 2016 March 28, 2016

Bigger. Better. Stronger.

180 Sept-Oct 2015 November 12, 2015

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