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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) are core values at Grocery Outlet. We drive change through ED&I. We value integrity through doing what is right, not what is convenient.

Our mission is to Touch Lives for the Better. To do this, we work together to foster a culture grounded in talented and passionate people who live our values: entrepreneurship, integrity, achievement, family, service to others, diversity and fun.

We strive to nurture and uphold an inclusive, diverse environment free from discrimination of any kind, including sexual or other discriminatory harassment.

We believe that a diverse and inclusive team is critical to our long-term business success. We have a number of employee networks and initiatives that enhance our inclusive and diverse culture, including our Black Partnership Network, our WOW! (Winning with Outstanding Women) Network, our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council, and by providing regular training on diversity topics. We will continue to focus on hiring, retaining and advancing women and underrepresented populations, and cultivating an inclusive and diverse corporate culture through continued education, employee resource groups and targeted recruiting and development across our organization.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council

The Grocery Outlet Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Council was formed in July 2020 to help guide our company strategy as it relates to ED&I. The council meets monthly to support our mission, vision, values and efforts to develop and maintain an inclusive culture.

Our Mission

The mission of the ED&I Council is to nurture a culture where our unique family is celebrated, empowered, and all identities thrive. We aspire to touch all lives for the better through equity and equality.

Meet The Council

The council is comprised of employees of diverse backgrounds, positions, and perspectives, to ensure diverse voices are being represented throughout the company.

RJ Sheedy - President

RJ Sheedy


Andrea Bortner - Chief HR Officer

Andrea Bortner

Chief HR Officer

Steve Wilson

SVP, Chief Purchasing Officer

Harrison Lewis - Chief Information Officer

Harrison Lewis

SVP, Chief Information Officer

Carmelita Botelho

Carmelita Botelho

VP, Real Estate

Adrian Santos

Adrian Santos

Sr. Director, Logistics

Ashley Hoedt

Director, Communications & Events

Chris Taylor

Director, Operator Training Content

Howard Lee

Digital Marketing Manager

Mikayla Phillips


Richele Middlebrooks

Director, Talent Acquisition

Susan Leary

Assistant Controller

Will Solper

Sr. Director, Organizational Effectiveness

Impact Inside and out

Independence For Hunger

Independence From Hunger

Our commitment to community extends well past our storefronts. We pride ourselves on giving back to local communities through our Independence from Hunger food drive, supporting over 400 local partners in the communities we serve.

Spanning the entire month of July, the campaign collects food and cash donations in-store at Grocery Outlet’s 400+ stores along with online donations.

Food Waste

Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance

Every year, over 1 billion tons of food is wasted and the United States accounts for more than half of that. That means in the United States alone, over 100 billion pounds of food is not eaten. At Grocery Outlet, we believe that being a good environmental and social citizen is not just the right thing to do from a moral perspective but the right thing to do for long-term value creation. Our unique business model affords us with the opportunity to reduce food waste through opportunistic purchasing and our flexible supply chain and provide affordable nutrition to lower income members of our communities and to communities that otherwise might be a food desert.


Education Programs

At Grocery Outlet Inc., we value learning as a lifelong process and it is a critical part of developing as an employee and as an individual. Grocery Outlet Inc. has developed an Education Assistance Program for its full-time employees, so that employees can maintain and improve job-related skills through voluntary formal education if they so desire. This program allows employees to enroll in relevant courses at accredited colleges while working at GOI and provides tuition reimbursement.

Employee Resource Groups

We currently have 2 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that support our diverse spectrum of employees at Grocery Outlet.

The WOW! Network (Winning with Outstanding Women)

Our WOW! Network strives to Attract, Amplify and Advance the women of Grocery Outlet. The WOW! Network is Grocery Outlet’s female executive-founded group geared toward the advancement and development of women within our organization. The WOW! Network works to recognize and ensure that women-wins are visible. From hosting panel discussions and development workshops to a twice-yearly book club, the WOW! Network aims to give our female employees the skills they need to advance both personally and professionally.

The Black Partnership Network’s

The overall goal of The Black Partnership Network is to create an experience of “Bliss” for Grocery Outlet’s Black employees. The Black Partnership Network (BPN) values a work environment that acknowledges, accepts, and celebrates the culture of differentiated thought and unique experiences from minority employees. BPN believes diversity of thought and culture is the key to team and company success. The group promotes professional and personal development and works to build a sense of community among Grocery Outlet’s Black employees and allies, as well as encourage mental, physical, and financial wellness for its members.

Employee Testimonials

“Grocery Outlet has always been closely connected with the community and we pride ourselves on creativity, being humble and allowing our employees to have a voice. This past year Grocery Outlet evolved from not just celebrating the diversity within our organization but educating, lifting and truly embodying an inclusive work place. I am so proud to work for a company that allows us to express who we are, celebrate the differences and embraces change.”

Jayne Dangerfield, AOT Recruiter

“When people ask me what I like about Grocery Outlet, I say, “We get to help make people’s dreams of business ownership come true.” Grocery Outlet has provided me with opportunities, continued education, and support that helps me stretch and grow in my career. It’s fulfilling to work for a company that lives by its mission of “Touching Lives for the Better.””

Chris Taylor, Director of Operator Training Content

“Being a part of the Grocery Outlet family as an Assoc. Buyer has turned out to be one of my greatest career moves. Not only do I feel comfortable and empowered to make decisions on the companies behalf, it’s rewarding to know what I do helps our Operator’s and their team. The dedication in maintaining the culture throughout Grocery Outlet is unmeasurable. The company truly feels like a family. The commitment in feeding the community at a valued price shows how in touch we are with our consumer.”

Pebbles Johnson, Associate Produce Buyer

“I’m proud to work at a company that fights for equity and fairness through its annual Independence From Hunger campaign, which combats food insecurity. For 75 years, Grocery Outlet has been committed to giving back to local organizations, and through IFH, has given more than $11 million to the Alameda County Food Bank. As someone who grew up in a low-income household that benefited from food banks, I’m grateful to represent a company that is committed to serving the communities where we operate.”

Serena Fang, HR Business Partner