WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Ziewacz as NCBA CLUSA's president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Ziewacz took on the role of interim president and CEO in October of 2015 and has provided outstanding leadership at a critical time in the organizations history as it transitioned into its 100 year celebration of supporting cooperatives that build a better world in 2016.
"Judy's leadership over the past four months has been collaborative, focused and reenergizing to the organization and its mission, " said Andrew Jacob, Chairman of NCBA CLUSA's board of directors. "On behalf of the entire board of directors, we welcome Judy and share in her vision to continue to expand and grow the organizations support of cooperative business both domestically and internationally."
A life long cooperator, Ziewacz brings a unique perspective to the organization, able to draw on a lifetime of cooperative history to effectively lead the organization.
"It is a privilege to once again serve NCBA CLUSA and the broader cooperative community, pivoting its purpose into the next 100 years," said Judy Ziewacz, NCBA CLUSA's president and CEO. "NCBA CLUSA has a long history of effectively promoting the cooperative business model both domestically and around the world and I look forward to working with our board, leadership team and staff to continue to elevate the cooperative voice and contribute to the ongoing success of the cooperative movement."
For more than 35 years, Ziewacz has championed cooperative development. In 1985, she was instrumental in launching the nation's first statewide co-op development center: the Wisconsin Cooperative Development Council, now known as Cooperative Development Services. She was a driving force behind the establishment and funding of the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) Program in the 1990 Farm Bill.
The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the apex association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, support, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. Celebrating 100 years of supporting co-ops, NCBA CLUSA continues to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has grown its international development portfolio to over $45 million of active programs in 19 countries.
SOURCE National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International