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Arizmendi Association

About the Association

The Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives is itself a cooperative made up of seven member businesses: six cooperative bakeries and a development and support collective. Members share a common mission, share ongoing accounting, legal, educational and other support services, and support the development of new member cooperatives by the Association.

Our organizational mission is to:

  • Assure opportunities for workers’ control of their livelihood with fairness and equality for all
  • Develop as many dignified, decently paid (living “wage” or better) work opportunities as possible through the development of new cooperatives
  • Promote cooperative economic democracy as a sustainable and humane option for our society
  • Create work environments that foster profound personal as well as professional growth
  • Exhibit excellence in production and serving our local communities
  • Provide continuing technical, educational and organizational support and services to member cooperatives
  • Seek to link with other cooperatives for mutual support, and to
  • Provide information and education to the larger community about cooperatives

​If you would like to have a better understanding of how our Association is structured and how we develop new cooperatives, please see this article written by a former member of the Association’s development and support collective: The Replication of Arizmendi Bakery: A Model of the Democratic Worker Cooperative Movement

Our Name

Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta

JoseArizmendi is the shortened name of Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, a young priest who inspired and helped found the Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque Country of Spain. Although worker cooperatives have functioned in most parts of the world since the 19th century, the success of the Mondragon Cooperatives has attracted worldwide attention. What started as one firm and roughly 25 people in 1956 is now a major international business with a work force of over 34,000, employed in some 100 worker-owned enterprises and affiliated organizations. These cooperatives continue to be inspired by Arizmendi’s belief that worker ownership and participation in the workplace should be an integral part of a just and democratic society. Through their financial, technical and organizational alliances, the Mondragn Cooperative Corporation helps develop new businesses, supports existing ones, and facilitates mutual support among member cooperatives. The name Arizmendi acknowledges his inspiration in our effort to expand democratically owned and operated workplaces.

Our Bakeries

East Bay

The Cheese Board
1504 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA


Lakeshore, Oakland
3265 Lakeshore Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 268-8849


San Pablo, Emeryville
4301 San Pablo Ave (at 43rd)
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 547-0550


San Francisco and North Bay

9th Ave, SF
1331 9th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 566-3117



Valencia, SF
1268 Valenica Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-9218


4th St, San Rafael
1002 4th St
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 456-4093




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