Chicago Market's new Owner Profiles invite co-op Owners to answer a few fun questions about themselves, so we can virtually 'meet' and build community with each other.
Owner #43 Karen Jacobs says that for her, #foodalwayswins. Read what else she has to say, here.
Introduce yourself and tell us about who else shares your fridge. Karen Jacobs. I share my fridge with my husband Andy, our dog Rosie and (when they're in town...) my kids Ben & Katie.
Why are you a Chicago Market Owner? Because I'm passionate about food, community, sustainability and Chicago. I feel like I *should* maybe put those other factors ahead of "food" but being honest: #foodalwayswins
What type of work do you do -- or what else are you devoting time to? I had a long rewarding career in the advertising biz, both on the media planning/buying side and in executive management. After a couple of cycles of retiring/returning, I've decided that chapter of my life is closed. Now I spend my time with family & friends & hobbies (gardening, travelling, reading...and I'm a serial crafter). Last year I facilitated an after-school program at a CPS school in Logan Square. And for the past couple years, I've been deeply involved with Chicago Market as a Board member. I'll continue to be active as a volunteer for as long as it takes to open our store doors!
Is there something new you'd like to learn or pursue, now or someday? So much!!! Here's a few things off the top of my head: how to be a better gardener; how to work our gas grill; how to code and create websites; how to two-step, how to throw a pot, how to do mosaics; how to kayak; how to work a 'real' camera; how to speak a few more languages; how to best make this city and country and world the best possible place before I leave it to my kids and the next generation (and that's the short list).
What's your one 'wish come true' that you'd love to see from Chicago Market? A vibrant program of community education and engagement around food and sustainability, with Chicago Market as its beating heart-center, and with our energy flowing through lots and lots of other people and groups aligned with our values.
What else is really important to you?
* Learning new things, all the time.
* Did I mention food?
Three words that best describe you? Just say YES.