Initial Start-up Board




Damon Lawrence ( is a 27 year veteran of the Los Angeles City Fire Department and is a avid organic gardener. Damon became interested in cooperatives when he stumbled into the Alberta Food Co-op while on a family trip to Portland OR. The concept of Long Beach Grocery Cooperative came out of a community concern about the alarming number of grocery store closures and the lack of access to a natural foods market to many areas of Long Beach CA. Damon has spent the last 4 years educating himself on food co-ops and the cooperative movement in general. Damon has visited several Food Co-ops in preparation to lead the effort to open Long Beach's first modern food co-op. Damon believes cooperatives and the cooperative principals will play a big role in our new economy and that LBGC will be a great economic asset to the Long Beach community.  He also believes the store will broaden the exposure of the cooperative movement in the Southern California area. Damon has been a driving force in the quest to open a grocery co-op in Long Beach.



Michelle Engelman Berns is a transplanted Texan Mom of 4 grown grown-ups, and MeMaw to 5 beautiful grandchildren. Her husband Chris (also a LBGC Member Owner) is a helicopter mechanic and die hard Judas priest fan. Our rescued/adopted fur-children The Precious 15 year old chinahua, our girl BooBoo the wonder dog and Dennis the goofy Boy Boxer fill our days and nights with snugly adorable bliss. Michelle who comes to LBGC as a current member of North Coast Food Co-op, a super successful 2 store co-op in Northern California. Michelle states “I am a Board Member of the new start-up Long Beach Grocery Co-op because I want to see the community come together in a way that only a Food Co-op can provide; with health, wealth, positive employment benefits, sincere appreciation of community members, and real and fundamental growth for our city through the partnerships that a Co-op creates. At my core, I am a photographer, writer, painter, film buff, gardener and seed saver. In the real world I'm an Art and Custom Frame consultant. My Passion is film-making, but mostly I like to plant things in the ground and watch them grow. Michelle's Motto? Be nice, know your food, buy art and handmade things and pay it forward.” Michelle was chosen to represent LBGC at the 2016 Up and Coming Up and Running Food Co-op conference in Bloomington Indiana. 



 Sheila Anderzunas


Cameron Hildreth

Real Estate Development professional specializing in retail with experience in development, acquisitions, construction and leasing. 



Jori Caldwell