Billy Linstead GoldsmithNational Coordinator, Fair Trade Campaigns
Billy Linstead Goldsmith came to Fair Trade Campaigns from an eight year career in the grassroots environmental movement. He recruited, trained and developed hundreds of grassroots organizers and facilitated campaigns on national, statewide, and local campaigns. He has mobilized fence-line communities, organized public hearings and other local actions to hold polluters accountable. Upon traveling with his wife, Rachel to Venezuela, Billy was inspired to focus his career on international justice and has embraced the opportunity to contribute to the Fair Trade movement.
Suzi HizaNational Organizer, Fair Trade Communities
Suzi Hiza came to Fair Trade Campaigns with over five years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She most recently served as a program officer at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, where she managed events, developed conferences, and engaged in community outreach to local schools, consulates, NGOs, and other organizations. She previously interned at the Foundation for Sustainable Development, where she gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of the value of community driven, asset based development. Before landing in San Francisco in 2011, she spent four years in Washington, DC, where she completed her undergraduate degree and interned with Dreams for Kids and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Suzi graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in government and a minor in Italian. She is also an alumna of School Year Abroad (Italy) and Phillips Exeter Academy, a Fair Trade School.
Kylie NealisNational Organizer, Fair Trade Colleges & Universities
Kylie brings over seven years of community organizing and non-profit experience to Fair Trade Campaigns, previously working with Global Exchange and Sierra Club. At Global Exchange she took on a variety of roles including Community Rights Program Associate, Fair Trade Chocolate Campaign Coordinator, Fair Trade Store Sales Associate and Interim Director of Operations. At Sierra Club, she worked in the Executive Office at Sierra Club providing support to C-level staff and the Board of Directors. Kylie is knowledgeable and passionate about Fair Trade, climate and energy issues, human rights, and social and economic justice. Kylie graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Community Studies and Politics and is currently pursuing her Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She also lived in Thailand for five years and is conversational in Thai and learning Spanish.
Joahna Cervantes is a current senior at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga majoring in Political Science with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. At an early age, she gained a curiosity for nonprofit work and has been involved in different nonprofit organizations around the world. While studying abroad in Spain, she used her bilingual skills to teach an English class and translate documents for an international NGO, Mujeres Entre Mundos. Much of her professional experience and development has surrounded education and the educational system. Though she does not wish to be a teacher, she believes that knowledge is a very powerful tool for social and political change. With this in mind, she recently joined the Fair Trade Campaigns team as an intern with hopes of helping to raise awareness around Fair Trade and expand purchasing of Fair Trade products around the country. In the future she wants to continue working in the nonprofit sector and continuing creating social change.
Fair Trade Colleges & Universities Steering Committee
Program Coordinator, Department of Environmental Studies and the Sustainability Program, Rollins College
Ann Francis has been at Rollins College for almost 18 years, receiving her Bachelors in Environmental Studies in 2001 at Rollins. Under the umbrella of the Sustainability Program, Ann works closely with student sustainability coordinators on campus recycling, environmental and sustainable events, sustainability housing and gardening, campus bicycle share program and fair trade! She is co-chair of the Committee on Environmental and Sustainable issues and chairs the Fair Trade Committee with faculty, staff and students. With her work in the department and the sustainability program, she promotes environmental and sustainable responsibility and awareness on the campus. Bringing Rollins to its Fair Trade designation in Spring 2013 fit right into her work and she encourages this cultural change throughout the campus.
Emily Pasnak-LapchickEnd Trafficking Officer, U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Emily Pasnak-Lapchick is the End Trafficking Officer at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF where she leads a national awareness and advocacy campaign about child trafficking, reaching over 55,000 constituents each year. She manages the creation of resources, in-person and online training, development of partnerships, and the creation of Public Service Announcements. Emily is a member of the CORE Group for the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons and serves as the US representative for GIFT box on behalf of Stop the Traffik. She was honored as a New Abolitionist in 2016. Through her work, she has spoken on CNN International, at the United Nations and international conferences, and has worked with dozens of groups on how they can take action against human trafficking. She was recently nominated for the “Nonprofiteer of the Year” Award by the Young Nonprofit Network. Emily is an honors graduate from Eckerd College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
Libby RoetherMiami University (OH), Class of 2017
Libby Roether is a sophomore studying Supply Chain and Operations Management with minors in Social Justice and Entrepreneurship at Miami University. Her interest in Fair Trade first started on her study abroad trip to Costa Rica and Panama where she visited chocolate, coffee, and banana plantations. The following summer she worked with Social Entrepreneur Corps on the Santo Romano sugar cane plantation where she saw slave practices first hand while working with workers’ documentation. Both of these trips made Libby even more passionate about Fair Trade, influencing her to launch the Fair Trade campaign at Miami University. This summer Libby will be working with buying and sourcing at a fair trade coffee roaster in Cleveland. Pura Vida!
Maisie GanzlerVice President of Strategy - Bon Appétit Management Company
Maisie Ganzler is vice president of strategy for Bon Appétit Management Company, the food service pioneer that operates more than 500-plus cafés in 33 states for universities, corporations, and museums. Maisie oversees Bon Appétit’s culinary development and purchasing policy efforts — including launching, back in 1999, Bon Appétit’s Farm to Fork program, a companywide initiative to buy locally from small farms. For the past several years she has been concentrating on food waste, the humane treatment of animals, and farmworkers’ rights. She worked with United Farm Workers and Oxfam America on the co-production of a report on the state of farmworker protections, has marched with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and is vice-chair of the Equitable Food Initiative.
Sarah LyonProfessor of Anthropology, University of Kentucky
Sarah Lyon is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Kentucky. She first became interested in fair trade while living with Guatemalan coffee farmers in 1999 and has been exploring the movement ever since. She is the author of Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair Trade Markets (2011) and the co-editor of Fair Trade and Social Justice: Global Ethnographies (2010). She is currently conducting research on women coffee farmers and the impact of certification and quality standards in Mexico. At the University of Kentucky Sarah teaches courses on business and economic anthropology, ethical consumption and globalization. When she’s not teaching in Kentucky or researching in Mexico Sarah spends her time playing, reading, and laughing with her two young daughters, Harper and Lisette.
Erin MackeyProgram Coordinator, Catholic Relief Services
Erin Mackey has been exploring economic and social justice issues since her first visit to the city food bank when she was a youth. While a student at St. Joseph’s University, she had the opportunity to study business and the global impact of US consumerism. It was during her time at St. Joe’s that she began to find intersections between faith and justice issues, particularly during her semester abroad in Central America. Erin now serves as a Program Coordinator for Catholic Relief Services working with US Programs, specifically CRS Fair Trade. In her free time she enjoys running, creating calligraphy and baking fair trade chocolate treats.
Nick van SantenAssistant Director, Justice Education & Immersions, St. Mary's College of California
Nick van Santen is a social justice educator and staff member of the Mission and Ministry Center at Saint Mary’s College of California—one of the first colleges to achieve Fair Trade status in the Bay Area. Nick is passionate and committed to food justice in the lives of his students. He oversees Fair Trade education for faculty, staff, and students with a variety of programs such as Fair Trade Fridays, the Fair Trade Bake-off, a Fair Trade Committee, and the annual Fair Trade Festival. In addition to Fair Trade, Nick develops an annual immersion to the Salinas Valley to explore issues of food safety and human rights issues. When Nick is not supporting his Fair Trade student leaders or working in the fields of Salinas, he spends his time riding his bicycle or working on his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership
Fair Trade Towns Steering Committee
Elliot SchoenbergAssociate Executive Director and International Director of Placement, Rabbinical Assembly
Rabbi Dr. Elliot Salo Schoenberg has served for 25 years as the Associate Executive Director and International Director of Placement for the Rabbinical Assembly (RA), the world wide professional association of Conservative Rabbis. He is the confidante, coach and career counselor for 1,700 rabbis. He’s the author of 7 books, 11 study guides and more than 30 scholarly articles. As the chief education officer of the RA he is responsible for creating, teaching and implementing continuing education programs in North America, South America, Europe and Israel that emphasize career navigation, professional skills and leadership development. A Brandeis graduate, he received his MA and Rabbinic ordination, Doctor of Divinity from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Schoenberg loves golf and Boston sports teams. He came to Fair Trade through his passion for good coffee, which turned into passion for just coffee. His home synagogue Beth Shalom Teaneck New Jersey is the first Fair Trade synagogue.
Ann FergusonMembership Manager, Fair Trade Federation
Ann witnessed the direct impact of small business on marginalized slum communities in Bangkok, Thailand and became deeply interested in buying Fair Trade products. After returning to the US, she helped start a Fair Trade retail store in her Indiana hometown, serving as the education coordinator. In April 2014, she joined the Fair Trade Federation as Membership Manager. Ann earned a BS in Environmental Management and a minor in Religious Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Joe MichonFair Trade Ambassador, Catholic Relief Services; Claremont, Pomona and Our Lady of the Assumption Fair Trade Campaigns
Joe Michon is a physician from Boston. With children grown he and his wife left home to serve as medical missioners for 20 years in the Caribbean, Mexico and Bolivia. Looking to respond to the poverty he encountered, Joe became a Fair Trade activist and a Fair Trade Ambassador with Catholic Relief Services. While working at the US- Mexico border he educated numerous immersion groups arriving from colleges and faith communities across the nation and introduced a Fair Trade Resolution that was adopted as policy for the Catholic diocese in El Paso, Texas. Joe presently resides in Claremont, California and has been active in several campaigns. In 2012 Claremont became a Fair Trade Town and Pomona was declared a Fair Trade College. In 2014 Our Lady of the Assumption was recognized as a Fair Trade Congregation. Joe receives good advice and energy from his wife, four children and five grandchildren.
Katherine Bissell CordovaExecutive Director, Chicago Fair Trade
Katherine Bissell Cordova serves as Executive Director of Chicago Fair Trade. She has worked for over 20 years for human rights, immigrant rights, and worker rights organizations. Katherine opened a fair trade store, Greenheart Shop, in Chicago. Prior to that, Katherine served as the Executive Director of ARISE Chicago, an organization that partners with low-wage immigrant workers as they organize for improvements in the workplace. Katherine served as field director of GreenWood Alliance, opening their office in Honduras. She served as a member of Peace Brigades International in Guatemala, defending human rights activists. Prior to that, she worked at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors for Torture. She is the recipient of Casa Guatemala’s Human Rights Award and is fluent in Spanish. Katherine lives in Chicago with her two children, Sofia, a budding artist, and Mateo who is showing telltale signs of being a future organizer.
Mark Van WormerCommittee Member, Emma Willard School Fair Trade Schools Campaign
Mark Van Wormer is a photographer and educator at the all-girls Emma Willard School in upstate New York. He loves teaching art as a means of opening students’ eyes to a bigger, brighter world, one that they have the power to influence and shape. He mentored their campaign to make EW the first Fair Trade High School in the U.S. and is inspired daily by their passion and creativity as they continue to deepen and grow their commitment to Fair Trade on campus and beyond. He also serves on the board of Mayan Hands, a non-profit Fair Trade organization and founding member of the Fair Trade Federation.
Donna OwensOverland Park, Kansas Fair Trade Town Campaign
Donna Owens, as a young mother with a demanding career, sought out opportunity to preserve trees and greenspace in a rapidly developing community and provide neighborhood leadership. After retiring from 30 years of corporate service, she served eight years on city council. While in elected office, Donna attended a national meeting and toured Media, PA, the first Fair Trade Town in the US.
Overland Park has a successful fair trade store, which led to its Fair Trade Town campaign. Donna values a free enterprise system and sees Fair Trade as a valuable aspect, as in its broader context it is: international commerce, world trade and job creation. As a Rotarian involved in its youth exchange program, Donna sees the world shrinking as we connect more easily around globe. The education of children on Fair Trade will ensure the growth of Fair Trade Town campaigns.
Joan HarperExecutive Director, FAIR TRADE LOS ANGELES
Joan co-founded Fair Trade LA (FTLA) in 2005. FTLA is committed to the growth of the fair trade movement in the greater Los Angeles area, with 4 current Fair Trade Towns’ campaigns. Joan was active with the Justice and Peace Office of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 16 years where she promoted domestic anti-poverty and global solidarity programs, including fair trade. Joan has an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and prior work experience in the corporate sector. She has travelled to India, Thailand, Ghana, El Salvador and Honduras with Catholic Relief Services, experiencing firsthand development programs in agriculture, micro-finance, and Fair Trade.
Kendra PenryFounder, Fair Trade Houston
Kendra Penry leads the Fair Trade Houston movement and serves on the National Steering Committee for Fair Trade Towns. She currently works with Heifer International as the Community Engagement Coordinator, where she promotes the same ideas of justice and poverty elimination that Fair Trade is designed to do. Heifer International is a nonprofit whose mission is to work with communities to end global hunger and poverty and care for the earth. To make this possible, Kendra works with faith communities, schools, and the community at large to educate about how we all can make a difference right where we are, and that includes supporting Fair Trade. Prior to Heifer International, Kendra worked as the Director of Programs with Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking. There she developed and delivered a variety of programs, including spearheading their Fair Trade initiatives as a way to educate community members about how they can impact human trafficking through conscious consumerism. Kendra holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Conflict Resolution from the George Washington University and a BA in International Studies from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Kendra also serves as a member of the board of directors with Ten Thousand Villages Houston.
Margo DruschelCommittee Member, Mankato (MN) Area Fair Trade Town Initiative
Margo moved to Mankato from the Boston-area, where she was active in fair trade through her faith-community, at just the right time in 2009. A group of local activists had organized to promote fair trade after an inspiring visit to local churches from Peruvian producers. She was welcomed on to MAFTTI’s Steering Committee, where she collaborates with others who share her vision of faith and social justice. Margo’s energy and presentation skills help get the word out to educate youth and community groups. Mankato became the first fair trade town in Minnesota in October of 2011 and has continued to expand their efforts in retail, education, local government and communities of faith. Margo has a Masters degree in Education from the University of Vermont, and works in higher education with students with disabilities at public colleges and universities.
Mary EmbryFounder, Fair Trade Bloomington
Mary Embry is founder of a Bloomington, Indiana based Fair Trade nonprofit advocacy group and Board member of Global Gifts, a nonprofit Fair Trade retailer with four stores. Bloomington became the 33rd Fair Trade Town in the US in 2013. Mary received a Master of Science, writing on Fair Trade and Service-Learning. She remains engaged in implementing pedagogical tools that immerse students in considerations of their role as global citizens. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design Department at Indiana University, instructing courses in international trade and sustainability in the fashion industry.
Scott TessEnviromental Sustainability Manager - City of Urbana, IL
Scott currently serves as the Environmental Sustainability Manager for the City of Urbana, IL. Before moving he proudly promoted Fair Trade in Central Florida for over 5 years and helped connect the Buy Local movement in Orlando with the Fair Trade movement. Scott’s previous work also included the Orange County Environmental Protection Division where he served as Assistant Canvass Director for the Tampa office of the Fund For Public Interest. He also helped start the Fair Trade Universities campaign for Rollins College in Winter Park, FL where he recently received his Masters of Planning in Civic Urbanism.
Mid Atlantic Leadership Team
Aman Bardia2016-17 Fair Trade Communities Fellow, Mid Atlantic
Aman Bardia is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where he studied economics and theater. While on a project trip to Guatemala, he was exposed to the enormous differences in the standard of living between villages that have Fair Trade cooperatives and those that do not, introducing him to its transformative potential. He was also involved in the unionization campaigns on his college campus, working with Students for Worker’s Justice.
Charlotte Whiteman2016-17 Fair Trade Colleges & Universities Fellow, Mid Atlantic
Charlotte Whiteman came to Fair Trade Campaigns as a passionate advocate dedicated to environmental stewardship and social justice. Charlotte has always been an eco-enthusiast hence her major in Environmental Studies, and was introduced to Fair Trade when she saw Paul Rice speak at the 2014 ABC Continuity Forum in Miami, FL. Soon after, she declared a minor in Social Entrepreneurship and it was written from there. During her time at Rollins College, Charlotte worked as a Fair Trade Committee member and a campus Sustainability Coordinator, for which she received an “Outstanding Campus Environmental Advocate” award upon graduation. She most recently worked as an intern in the Dominican Republic helping local entrepreneurs give other community members access to needs based commodities. Now as a recent grad living outside Philadelphia, Charlotte is enjoying farming, painting, running, surfing, and simple living.
Tori Curbelo2016-17 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
After learning how everyday products can be connected to forced and child labor, Tori became committed to supporting the Fair Trade movement. She served as the 2015-2016 Mid Atlantic Colleges & Universities Fellow, co-leading the regional leadership team, supporting 20+ universities through their efforts to achieve Fair Trade recognition, and chairing the Communications Subcommittee. During this period, she created UNICEF USA’s Ending Human Trafficking Locally and Globally Podcast, which has boasted thousands of downloads.
Emily Zacharczyk2016-17 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
Emily began her Fair Trade journey when she moved outside of Media, PA – America’s First Fair Trade Town. She held a volunteer position at the local Ten Thousand Villages that then became a position with the organization for several years. She is an active member of Media’s Fair Trade Committee, heading up various projects like the newsletter and their Fair Trade banana fundraising table at the weekly Farmer’s Market. Emily is a graduate of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where she majored in Communications Studies.
Bhawna Kasliwal2016-17 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
Bhawna likes to see both sides of the coin – she began her Fair Trade journey working at the grass root level in India with Tara Projects. After helping them with product development and community outreach, she got onto a plane to discover the consumer side of the equation in the US. Since having arrived here in 2012, Bhawna has volunteered her time with numerous fair trade organizations including the Media Fair Trade committee and Fair Trade Philadelphia.
Bryan Marton2016-17 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
Bryan is a full time volunteer with Fair Trade Philadelphia and one of Penn State Brandywine’s Fair Trade Trailblazers, where he and fellow Trailblazers in one semester made the Delaware County campus a Fair Trade University. Then, joining with other members of Philadelphia’s group, he was able to pass a resolution by Philadelphia’s City Council declaring the City as a Fair Trade City. As a single father of two with a commitment to making the world a better place, Bryan has always been involved in social justice issues throughout his life. As a businessman and restaurateur, he was always a contributing advocate to causes of human rights, public health issues and eliminating poverty. His focus on Fair Trade in Philadelphia is to help to achieve sustainable, economic practices as an avenue to future world peace.
Sean Murray2016-17 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
Sean Murray (First-Year Writing Professor) has been an active member of the St. John’s University Fair Trade campaign since its inception. His Fair Trade journey started in 2009, when he and his English Composition students participated in academic service-learning projects with HandCrafting Justice, a Fair Trade organization based in Queens, NY focusing on empowering women in developing nations. Since then, Sean has been collaborating with other faculty, students, staff, administrators, and vendors to make Fair Trade an integral part of the university’s mission.
Southern California Leadership Team
Isabel Havens2016-17 Fair Trade Colleges & Universities Fellow, Southern California
Isabel is pursuing a double major in Human Biology & Society and International Development Studies at UCLA. Growing up in Berkeley, Isabel was introduced to Fair Trade from a young age. After hearing the CEO of Fair Trade USA, Paul Rice, speak at her high school, she and a few other students embarked on the journey to become one of the first Fair Trade high schools in the U.S. Wishing to continue her involvement with Fair Trade and further her knowledge of social justice and human rights, Isabel will be the Southern California Colleges & Universities Fellow for this next year. Aside from her hours attempting to study in the library, Isabel enjoys long-distance running, reading, traveling, and exploring all of LA’s trendy food spots.
Jessamine Vorm2016-17 Fair Trade Communities Fellow, Southern California
Jessamine Gilman-Vorm is a Psychology major at California Lutheran University, President of Cal Lutheran’s Fair Trade Club, and a Global Justice Intern working on raising awareness of Fair Trade and human trafficking. Originally from New Hampshire, Jessamine transferred to California Lutheran University from College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. She has traveled to many parts of the world and decided to go back to school when she figured out her own purpose, helping others. She also hopes to have a self sustaining, nonprofit youth ranch for kids with autism one day. In her free time, Jessamine enjoys going to the beach and swimming in the ocean, coming up with healthy recipes, going to baseball games and music shows and organizing events for children with disabilities.
Elinor Crescenzi is a doctoral student of Positive Developmental Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, where she studies individual and community well-being, and specializes in the cross-cultural development of pro-social values. In addition, she is active in her local community as chair of the Interfaith Sustainability Council of the Inland Valley, chair of the Outreach & Action Committee of the Claremont Quaker Meeting, and a core staff member of Sarvodaya Farms, a small, organic, urban farm and composting demonstration project in Pomona, CA. Besides this, she runs a small Montessori school with her partner and sells organic fruit at local farmers markets on the weekends! In the past, she has spent time living and working with orphans in Ecuador and Mexico. Elinor is passionate about economic and environmental justice and dedicated to transformational change in the systems which promote inequity and disrupt authentic human connection in our world. She thinks using Fair Trade products in an easy choice we can make while we work for more fundamental changes in our economic system rooted in globalization and capitalism. Elinor is excited about working with others who also see a brighter future for our wonderfully diverse human family and the one beautiful planet we call home.
Rachel Lapp2016-17 Southern California Leadership Team Member
Rachel Lapp is currently in her junior year at California Lutheran University, studying Environmental Science and Art. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA, she loves to spend time in the outdoors, hiking, biking, and surfing. Rachel works for Cal Lutheran’s Community Service Center as the Sustainability and Global Justice Intern. She also works in the school garden cultivating crops and stimulating plant growth. In the future, Rachel hopes to work towards mitigating environmental degradation and poverty. In the meantime, she spends her time volunteering and traveling, broadening her horizons and experiencing different walks of life.
Teresa Baxter2016-17 Southern California Leadership Team Member
In her 40’s, Teresa Baxter returned to school and earned her A.A. degree in 2009 at Pasadena City College, with an emphasis on journalism and public relations. She then moved to New York City after being accepted to Columbia University to study political science. She has since transferred to State University of New York to complete her B.A., with a concentration on international relations, graduating in 2016. She has been involved with Fair Trade since 2006, when she began volunteering at Ten Thousand Villages Pasadena. She then moved to New York City where she became the publicity coordinator for Hand Crafting Justice (from 2010 until 2014), a Fair Trade global non-profit, with a focus on the empowerment of women internationally. She volunteered at Ten Thousand Villages in Alexandria for one year, while also serving on the steering committee that earned Alexandria, VA. Fair Trade Town status in 2014. Happy to be back in Pasadena, and completing her degree online, Teresa co-leads the Altadena, CA, Fair Trade Town campaign and is actively involved with Fair Trade LA.
Deanna Wolf2016-17 Southern California Leadership Team Member
Deanna Wolf works at USD’s Mulvaney Center for Community, Engagement and Social Action as the Community Engagement and Border Immersion Assistant. She is a University of San Diego alum, and played an active role in drafting the university’s Fair Trade resolution and also served as the CRS Fair Trade Ambassador to the campus. Deanna has worked for Catholic Relief Services, promoting Fair Trade in her role. She has also done advocacy work in D.C. on immigration reform and economic justice. Deanna is currently finishing her graduate degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University.
New England Regional Leadership Team
Nickolas Faynshteyn2016-17 Fair Trade Colleges & Universities Fellow, New England
Nickolas first got involved in the Fair Trade movement his freshmen year at the University of Massachusetts Boston through the Fair Trade Club on campus. Beginning first as a club member and taking over as club president his senior year, Nickolas has helped bring UMass Boston just a few steps away from becoming declared the first Fair Trade University in the City of Boston. Nickolas is a graduate student at Northeastern University pursuing a Master’s in Sociology in hopes of working to fight for environmental justice and sustainability within the community development sector.
Ryan Knipple2016-17 Fair Trade Communities Fellow, New England
Ryan Knipple is a political science and French double major with a minor in gender and sexuality studies at Siena College (a Fair Trade college!). They first became involved in Fair Trade after seeing the work that students on campus were doing to support the initiative. As Executive Coordinator of Siena’s Fair Trade movement for the past two years, Ryan has helped sponsor regional conferences, educate students, and build partnerships within the local community. In February 2016, they had the opportunity to visit Guatemala to learn more about Fair Trade cooperatives. After college, they hope to find a job in the nonprofit sector, continuing to promote values of equality and justice.
Katherine Chen2016-17 New England Leadership Team Member
Katherine, from Shanghai, China, is a sophomore at Emma Willard School in Troy, New York. Although she came from a metropolitan city, she lived with her grandparents in the more rural areas of China. She noticed that her grandparents and many other Chinese farmers were barely able to support themselves because their income lies far below the needs. When she joined the Fair Trade club at Emma, she saw that the Fair Trade movement could greatly improve living conditions of her grandparents and producers all over the world. She will travel to Guatemala in March to visit Mayan artisans and coffee growers and learn about Fair Trade in action!
Elizabeth Grady-Harper2016-17 New England Leadership Team Member
Elizabeth is one of the Executive Directors of the Boston Faith & Justice Network, a small non-profit dedicated to bringing together people of faith to live simply and give generously in pursuit of a just world. Prior to BFJN Elizabeth worked as an attorney, primarily in the field of immigration law. Elizabeth is also the mother of two amazing girls.
Christa Lee-Chuvala2016-17 New England Leadership Team Member
Christa Lee-Chuvala is the Executive Co-Director of the Boston Faith & Justice Network, an organization committed to bringing people of faith together to live simply and give generously in pursuit of a just world. Christa came to BFJN from a career in urban planning and poverty research, completing her doctorate in Urban Studies at MIT in August of 2015. Before beginning her PhD, Christa was a research associate and planner at the Institute for International Urban Development in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she worked on development plans for townships in South Africa, villages in eastern Turkey, and informal settlements in Damascus, Syria. Prior to receiving her Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, she ran after-school and employment programs for at-risk children and youth on the West Side of Buffalo, New York.
Lily Mason2016-17 New England Leadership Team Member
Lily Mason is a third year environmental policy major and the outreach coordinator for the Eco-rep program at Champlain College. Her dedication to raising awareness about the impermanence of social and environmental injustices encourages individuals to be the change they wish to see in the world. By raising awareness about the merits of supporting Fair Trade, she has helped fellow students accept the responsibility and recognition for the demands they create within the globalized market place. Through working closely with the Sustain Champlain program in Burlington, VT, she has been reminding consumers about the power connected to having the privilege to purchase goods and services for the past two years. She also works at the farmer’s market to strengthen to local food system and regularly speaks to people about purchasing power as a representative of the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative. Reminding folks to buy the change is essential to her, as it is one of the most effective behaviors for consumers who are not pursuing a career improving international trade policies in support of a more equitable world. She strongly desires to unify communities in the name of giving back to the people and planet that sustain us.
Vincent Sullivan-Jacques2016-17 New England Leadership Team Member
Vincent Sullivan-Jacques received his MEd in Religious Education from Boston College in 2008. He holds a BA in Theology with minors in Health Sciences and Film Studies from Boston College. After completing his undergraduate degree, Vinnie served as an AmeriCorps member at Peace Games where he taught K-8th grade students peace-making and conflict resolution skills. At St. Peter-Marian High School, where he worked for seven years, he taught courses in religion and economics, with a special emphasis on coordinating social change projects. As Director of Volunteer Outreach and Community Engagement, Vinnie has planned and overseen the Campus Ministry’s SEND Service Immersion trips and the local Reach Out Center volunteer programs, where he has helped students grow in faith through service learning. As the Co-Chair of the Social Justice Committee and team leader of the Sustainability Committee, he has led an initiative to get Assumption College approved as a Fair Trade College. He works closely with staff, faculty and students to educate the Assumption College community about the benefits of Fair Trade and how it connects to the mission of the college. He enjoys spending time with family, being active in social justice activities around Worcester, encouraging adult catechesis, and coaching lacrosse. Vinnie now lives in Worcester, MA with his wife and three children.