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

 

 
 

 

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

 

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. 

Bylaws of the Austin Cooperative Business Association

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