The Austin Cooperative Business Association (ACBA) works to BUILD and EXPAND the cooperative economy in central Texas.

 

The ACBA grew out of two contributing organizations. The Austin Cooperative Think Tank (ACTT) which developed gradually beginning in 2010 with the mission of growing the Austin cooperative economy and officially began taking on projects in 2012, the International Year of the Cooperative. It finally solidified into the ACBA in June of 2013 when the NCBA agreed to fund the program with a grant supplemented by contributions from founding member cooperatives in Austin.

The ACBA is dedicated to growing and strengthening the Austin-area cooperative community through increased consumer knowledge, inter-cooperative support and advocacy to make it easier to start and expand cooperatives.

The ACBA would like to thank our founding members, Black Star, College Houses, Cornerstone Credit Union League, Inter-Cooperative Council and Wheatsville.

Additionally, we are eternally grateful to the members of the ACTT steering committee who made all this possible, Kim Penna, Matt Scheer, Ricardo Guerrero, Steve Macias, Zak Jones, Rose Marie Klee, Josh Sabik, Brian Donovan, and Kate Vickery.  A special thanks goes to Andi Shively for her work on the retreat and business plan and Kelsie Balcaitis who sparked the project. 

Board of Directors

  Andi Shively  Board President Wheatsville Food Co-op Term: 2016-2018

Andi Shively
Board President
Wheatsville Food Co-op
Term: 2016-2018

  Ryan Nill  Board Treasurer CHEA Term: 2017-2020

Ryan Nill
Board Treasurer
CHEA
Term: 2017-2020

  Annelies Lottman  Board Secretary Yard to Market Co-op Term: 2015-2018

Annelies Lottman
Board Secretary
Yard to Market Co-op
Term: 2015-2018

  Benjamin Bradley  Director Polycot Associates Term: 2017-2020

Benjamin Bradley
Director
Polycot Associates
Term: 2017-2020

  Madeline Hillsmith  Director CHEA Term: 2017-2020

Madeline Hillsmith
Director
CHEA
Term: 2017-2020

  Carol Fraser  Director Term: 2017-2019

Carol Fraser
Director
Term: 2017-2019

  Donald Jackson-Spitzer  Director Black Star Co-op Term: 2016-2018

Donald Jackson-Spitzer
Director
Black Star Co-op
Term: 2016-2018

Jack Collis
Director
21st Coop
Term: 2018-2020

Bylaws of the Austin Cooperative Business Association

The Board of the ACBA approved a revision of its bylaws on September 11, 2017, to remove inconsistencies and promote efficient and clear operations and processes for members. You can find them at the link below.