Cooperation Texas is proud to welcome the newest addition to our Board of Directors: Cathy Ruiz! Cathy is a graduate of the Cooperative Business Institute (CBI) start-up course. Her introduction to worker-owned cooperatives came while watching Michael Moore’s documentary Capitalism: A Love Story, which inspired Cathy to realize a long held vision to operate her own vegan bakery business. Following a year of planning and completion of the CBI course, the dream became reality and Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery began production in May 2011.
Cathy’s prior experience includes certification from the University of Texas’ Legal Assistant Program and five years of legal experience. Cathy also earned a Pastry Arts Diploma from the Culinary Academy of Austin and spent four years working in various pastry production roles at a large-scale commercial bakery, gaining production experience in preparation for starting her own business. Prior to moving to Texas in 1998, Cathy earned a Bachelors degree in Sociology at Essex University, UK. She now lives in Austin with her husband, 3 cats and a dog.