President and CEO
National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International
Judy Ziewacz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Cooperative Business Association and its CLUSA International Program. NCBA CLUSA is the apex association for cooperative businesses across the United States and implementing agency for more than 25 international development projects in 20 countries worldwide.
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.
Through her work as a cooperative innovator, lead cooperative institutions have been strengthened, and their focus and support for cooperative development renewed.
She was a driving force behind the establishment and funding of the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) Program in the 1990 Farm Bill. In 1996, she became the executive director of the Cooperative Development Foundation and later led the application process to secure dotCoop as a new Top Level Domain (TLD) for use by the international cooperative community. She currently serves on the board of the Group Heath Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin and is a past Board member of the National Cooperative Bank and Capital Impact Partners.
Ziewacz has focused on the power of cooperation, persistently reminding cooperatives and cooperative institutions that they exist to empower people. Her incredible capacity as a strategist has resulted in cross-sectorial coalitions that have created critical infrastructure for the co-op community domestically and internationally.
Ziewacz took on the role of interim president and CEO in October of 2015. She was appointed as president and CEO by the NCBA CLUSA board in February 2016, providing leadership at an important time in the organizations history as it transitioned into its 100-year celebration of “Supporting Cooperatives that Build a Better World.”