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Rich Larochelle

Rich Larochelle is a founding director of the Fredericksburg Food Co-op and is currently the co-op’s Board Chair. He is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) where he co-teaches a course on Cooperative Business. Rich worked for cooperatives for 40 years prior to moving to Fredericksburg in 2014 with his wife Linda who is an accomplished artist and retired art teacher. Rich was Senior Vice President at the Cooperative Finance Corporation until retiring from there at the end of 2013, and Legislative Director at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association where he worked for 12 years. He continues to serve as the Board Chair of the Cooperative Development Foundation, a national c (3) organization that supports the creation of cooperatives as a way of positively impacting economic and social problems. Rich was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2017.

 
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