Who we are

Austin tan Cerca de la Frontera Mission Statement
(based on our corporate bylaws)

ATCF seeks to address conditions of social and economic injustice along the Texas/Mexico border particularly as they affect women and communities of color, and to find community-driven alternatives through transnational solidarity and fair trade. We believe that our environment, our communities and human dignity are sacred and must be respected in the movement for social justice.

ATCF Delegation Participants

Three CFO promotoras.

Austin tan Cerca Board Members (2010-2011)


Judith Rosenberg, Ph.D.: Writer and educator. Founding member of ATCF. Also involved with Women on the Border, the Texas Fair Trade Coalition, and Fuerza Unida. Extensively involved in delegation recruitment and organizing, community outreach and presentations, and acts as a liaison with other Austin community groups. The average work hours per week will be between five and ten hours. For official duties see ATCF Bylaws Article VI Section 4.


Howard Hawhee: past Board member of Immigrantes Latinos en Acción, past Member of the Central Region Executive Committee of the American Friends Service Committee while Clerk of AFSC Austin Area Program Committee, currently Associate Clerk of the Friends Meeting of Austin. The average hours worked will be between two and eight hours per week. For official duties see ATCF Bylaws Article VI Section 5.


Thomas West: Founding member of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera. Founding member of Austin GI Rights Hotline. Ex- Executive Director (4 years) and Board Member (6 years) of Community Action in Self Help, Inc., an affordable housing developer in Wayne County, NY. Founding member and ex-Director (2 years) of New York State Farm Alliance. Retired business owner. The average hours worked will be between two and eight hours per week. For official duties see ATCF Bylaws Article VI Sections 6-7.

Other Board Members:
ATCF Delegation Participants

CFO members and promotores.

Monica Bosquez: Returned Peace Corps volunteer, public employee, and graduate student at University of Texas. Translator and presenter. Volunteer for five years.

Josefina Castillo, Ph.D. (ex officio): Executive Director. Board member of Colectivo Flatlander and Women on the Border.

Cynthia Waide: Wheatsville Community Food Coop Board member 1987, President Austin Fair Trade Coalition (present). Twelve years experience in advertising and publishing.

Leslie Cunningham: Leslie is retired from a twenty-year career with the Texas Workforce Commission. Currently, she is a co-facilitator with the retiree committee of the Texas State Employees Union. She has been a volunteer with Austin Tan Cerca de La Frontera since 2008.

Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera 2013 Budget (pdf)