The structure of the management of a co-op has the general membership at the top.
They, as a group, elect the board of directors (who are responsible to the general membership). There are committees that members can participate in and have an impact on our co-operative community.
We currently have three Artspace staff: Office Coordinator, Maintenance Manager, and part-time cleaning staff.
Governance in a housing co-op starts with the General Membership when the members/shareholders meet in a large group.
When together in a properly gathered meeting, the General Membership has the most 'power' and influence in the
Co-op. This is when we approve our Bylaws, Policies, Procedures, or general rules.
The General membership elects a Board of Directors among themselves. The Board of Directors, in turn, attend to the day-to-day business of the Co-op. The Board of Directors is responsible and accountable to act within our approved By-laws and Policies.
No Board Member, not even the President, can act alone outside of direction provided by the General Membership or authorized board decision. And the Board cannot make a decision that contradicts the Bylaws and Policies.