Austin Interfaith is a non-partisan, multi-ethnic, multi-issue organization of 43 congregations, public schools, and unions who work together to address public issues that affect the well being of families and neighborhoods in our community.

We are a broad-based citizens' organization committed to promoting justice and democratic values. We work to develop leaders and to provide opportunities for member institutions to negotiate effectively through the political process with local government and community leaders around issues of common concern. Austin Interfaith is strictly non-partisan. Austin Interfaith is one of thirty organizations of the West / Southwest IAF network and one of sixty-five organizations that make up the Industrial Areas Foundation.  


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    AI Leaders Talk Collaboration at SXSW Forum

    1503_-_ATX_-_CI_-_SXSW_Talk_on_Public_Charter_Schools.jpgAttendees of a SXSW talk on education heard plenty about collaboration from Austin Interfaith leaders Ken Zarafis (President, Education Austin) and Lisa Robertson (Principal, Travis Heights Elementary) in a discussion about AISD's first public charter school.  Supt. Cruz, who was Chief Schools Officer at the time, recognized that autonomy and trust was crucial in the process.  

    "It’s about trying to create a different type of culture that allows for excellence and innovation," he said.

    The school gained signatures of support from 97 percent of teachers and staff, as well as support from 90 percent of its school community and board approval.


    [In photo, Austin Interfaith Leaders Ken Zarifis and Lisa Robertson flank AISD Supt. Cruz.  Photo Credit: Kelli Weldon, Community Impact]

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