Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown, Board Candidate

Dustin Brown, Board Candidate

candidate statement

We asked all candidates to comment on the following:

  • Current Employment and Work Experience

  • Previous Board Experience

  • What skills would you bring to The Merc Co+op’s Board of Directors?

  • Why would you like to serve on The Merc Co+op’s Board of Directors?

As an 19-year resident of Lawrence, KS I’m pretty sure Lawrence is in my blood now. I live in Old West Lawrence with my wonderful wife and two adorable kiddos ages 2 and 6. We are committed to making Lawrence our forever home and want to give back to the community that we love.

As a leader in the technology space I bring a diverse skill set to the table. I believe in building strong teams and empowering everyone in the organization to solve problems and be an advocate for change or to validate the status quo. As the son of a small business owner I’ve learned to appreciate local business and the true effect on the community that shopping local has.

I’ve spent my adult life as an avid hiker, climber, and conservationist. The importance of reducing our impact on the planet cannot be stressed enough. The Merc Coop and stores like it across the nation are often times the best first step for consumers to learn about what they can do for the environment and their community.

During my first term on the Merc Board I learned a tremendous amount about how we operate and what great things are in the Merc’s future. I look forward to helping the new KCK store be a beacon of hope for an underserved area. With the help of fellow board members we will shape the community into one that fights food inequality, celebrates diversity, and moves our entire region into the future.