Billy Linstead GoldsmithDirector
Billy came to Fair Trade Campaigns from an eight year career in the grassroots environmental movement. He recruited, trained and developed hundreds of grassroots leaders and facilitated campaigns on national, statewide, and local campaigns. He has mobilized fence-line communities, organized public hearings, and led other local actions to hold polluters and politicians accountable. Upon traveling with his wife, Rachel to Venezuela, Billy was inspired to focus his career on international justice and embraced the opportunity to contribute to the Fair Trade movement.
Since becoming the first full-time Director of Fair Trade Campaigns in 2009, Billy has grown the program from 18 community-based efforts to over 300 local advocacy campaigns, including the launch of Fair Trade Colleges & Universities in 2010, which has grown to over 150 campuses across the country. Along with creating programs for K-12 schools and faith-based communities, Fair Trade Campaigns is driving awareness among consumers of the vital role we all play in delivering equity to those who produce what we eat, drink and wear, as well as securing institutional commitments to sourcing Fair Trade products that deliver that impact at scale.
Billy lives in Philadelphia with his wife Rachel and their two children Jack (5) and Evelyn (2). He remains committed to grassroots environmental justice as a member of Clean Water Action‘s Board of Directors as well as serving on the Board of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, working to advance and recognize purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future.
Kylie NealisCampus & Community Engagement Manager
Kylie has a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Before she joined Fair Trade Campaigns in June 2015, she worked with Global Exchange and The Sierra Club.
At Global Exchange she took on a variety of roles including Community Rights Program Associate, Fair Trade Chocolate Campaign Coordinator and Sales Associate in a Fair Trade store. At Sierra Club, she worked in the Executive Office 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. In her current role, she manages Fair Trade Campaigns’ outreach and advocacy work and supports communities and campuses across the U.S. to promote, raise awareness and source Fair Trade. Kylie graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Community Studies and Politics and holds a Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She also lived in Thailand for five years and speaks conversational Thai and Spanish.
National Student Leadership Committee
Alex Thomas2019 NATIONAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR
Alex Thomas is a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he majored in Waste Management and Biology. While there he worked frequently with the Fair Trade campaign team, the Office of Sustainability, and the Student Government Association, serving with the later group as the student Environmental and Sustainability Affairs Director for two years. He currently is working as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Office of Sustainability at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He enjoys hiking, drinking Fair Trade coffee, playing volleyball, and tending to the office worm farm. Having joined the National Student Leadership Committee in August of 2017, he is looking forward to expanding his work with Fair Trade and meeting Fair Trade campaigners from around the nation.
Naabia Romain2019 NATIONAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBER
Naabia got involved in Fair Trade organizing at St. John’s University in New York while sitting on the St. John’s for Fair Trade Committee that got the university designated. Over the past year she has established several on-campus initiatives to further the movement and educate students. Passionate about sustainability and advocacy, she has found sustainability to be very inter-sectional through Fair Trade. With political organizing and advocacy experience, she plans to devote those skills to a new and more crucial cause. Going into the second year of her undergraduate studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, she is excited about the prospects for sustainable and ethical business. Through Fair Trade Campaigns she hopes to widen the scope of her impact as an organizer instead of just an individual.
Great Lakes Leadership Team
Kenya Reeves2020-21 Great Lakes Regional Fellow
Kenya’s first time being introduced to Fair Trade USA was at 2019 AASHE conference where she presented her partnered undergrad research. She is a proud alumni from Missouri State University who studied in Biology and minored in sustainability. Kenya’s passion for sustainability stems from her early childhood where her parents were advocates themselves within the green movement. Kenya is outgoing, motivated, and ready to promote change within communities, universities, and global society. Her favorite motivation is her family mantra: “We will protect only what we love, We will love only what we understand, We will understand only what we are taught”.
Zachary Rochester2020-21 Great Lakes Leadership Team
Zachary Rochester is a Yoga and meditation teacher, student at the University of Iowa studying public policy, and a passionate advocate within the state of Iowa. In addition to leading the University of Iowa’s Fair Trade Campaign, Zachary also leads the Iowa City Fair Trade Coalition. Zachary seeks to make our communities more compassionate, healthy, and just and believes that the Fair Trade Movement can help do so.
Emily Trujillo2020-21 Great Lakes Leadership Team
Emily is a senior at DePaul University studying Health Sciences. She is originally from San Antonio, Texas and first became involved with fair trade in high school. She has been employed at the fair trade retailer, Ten Thousand Villages for five years. She currently is the president of the DePaul Fair Trade Committee and has been involved in events such as Fashion Revolution and clothing swaps at her university. Emily is very passionate about fair trade, women empowerment and advocating for access to medical and dental care. She looks forward to educating and advocating for ethical consumerism.
Justin Seis2020-21 GREAT LAKES LEADERSHIP TEAM
Justin Seis is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point (UWSP), where he majored in Sociology and Philosophy- Environmental Ethics. He has been working on Fair Trade advocacy for the last three years through the Office of Sustainability at UWSP where he worked with other student leaders to help UWSP achieve designation as the 40th Fair Trade University. Through his work in the Office of Sustainability he cultivated a passion for the intersection of sustainability and social justice working with Student Government and many of the departments that help keep the campus running. Justin sees Fair Trade as a great way to connect social justice and sustainability and hopes to grow the Fair Trade movement throughout Wisconsin and beyond.
Paulette Bertrand2020-21 Great Lakes Leadership Team
Paulette Bertrand has over 30 years experience in printing and digital media. After retiring in 2014 and moving to Mankato, MN from Wisconsin, she was recruited to join the Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative (MAFTTI) Steering Committee where she serves as editor for the MAFTTI) newsletter. Her involvement with Fair Trade began fifteen years earlier when she started a small business designing jewelry with Fair Trade beads from a women’s cooperative in Kenya. Through her jewelry, she has become an advocate for sustainable fashion and women’s empowerment, showing consumers the impact that their buying habits have on both people and the environment. In addition to her work with MAFTTI, her business and serving on the 2019-20 Great Lakes Leadership Team, Paulette teaches her six granddaughters ethical and sustainable consumption by thrifting, swapping, checking labels and passing on the Fair Trade message.
Anne Lemke2020-21 Great Lakes Leadership Team
Anne Lemke is the Experiential Learning Coordinator at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, WI, helping students and faculty from three area campuses with service learning and internships. She has volunteered for over ten years in community wide Fair Trade initiatives. First as a board, grant writer, finance, education and marketing team member for the non-profit Just Fare Market. Next, helping Fond du Lac become a Fair Trade town in 2013, joining the first two WI towns of Madison and Milwaukee. In May 2015, Moraine Park was named the first Fair Trade Technical College in the U.S., with Anne as their staff advisor. Anne also volunteers for the FDL Area Women’s Fund Board and Grants Committee and is a member of Kiwanis Club of Fabulous Fond du Lac. She completed her Master’s in Organizational Change Leadership from UW Platteville in May and is excited to be a new Grandma!
Katherine Bissell Cordova2020-21 Great Lakes Leadership Team
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.
Western Leadership Team
Noah Gorovitz2020-21 Western Regional Fellow
Noah is a junior at Pitzer College, where he’s studying the intersections of history and social justice. He took a year off of school and in that time interned with Fair Trade Campaigns in spring 2019 after years of involvement with Berkeley H.S. Fair Trade Club. Noah also used that time to do urban gun violence research at the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Noah is passionate about social justice work in all its forms and spent summer 2020 working on youth social justice education with Camp Tawonga. He is excited to continue such important work through the Fair Trade Campaigns Fellowship. He also enjoys backpacking, beach days, and a well-balanced breakfast.
Grace Burnite2020-21 Western Leadership Team
Grace is a fourth year student from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo studying Business with a concentration in Finance and minors in Statistics and Sustainable Environments. She has been heavily involved with the Fair Trade movement through Net Impact, the socially responsible business club on campus. Throughout her time in college, she has had the opportunity to work on the Fair Trade Campaign for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and also participate in a sustainable fashion challenge. This upcoming Fall, she will be leading the Net Impact Fair Trade Committee to continue to educate others about the benefits of Fair Trade products. Grace is very excited to join the team and expand her involvement in the Fair Trade community.
Sarah King2020-21 Western Leadership Team
Sarah (she/her/hers) is a long time Fair Trade advocate with a passion for public policy and politics with a centralized focus on environmental justice and human rights. Sarah graduated from DePaul University in Chicago where she led the Fair Trade committee while studying for her bachelors in Public Policy and minors in geography and environmental science. While there, she worked various roles within Fair Trade Campaigns, Chicago Fair Trade, and local Chicago city government. She recently moved to California where she took on a full time role as a policy specialist. Sarah is currently organizing California’s first Fair Trade Business Association where she hopes to promote businesses, advance the Fair Trade movement, and build strong bonds between companies. In the wild, Sarah can be found hiking and kayaking across California.
Jasmine French2020-21 Western Leadership Team
Jasmine graduated from Vanguard University in May 2018 with a BA in Business Administration and minors in Religion, Sociology, and Women’s Studies. She currently serves on the board of Fair Trade Los Angeles. Before coming to Fair Trade Campaigns, Jasmine was the president of Live2Free, an anti-human trafficking mobilization team, working toward educating community members on the issue of human trafficking, ethical consumerism, and Fair Trade. Jasmine comes to Fair Trade Campaigns with a background in research, community engagement and a passion for the Fair Trade movement. She loves to research, watch documentaries and educate her friends and family about the importance of Fair Trade. From this she recently launched a Fair Trade blog, The Little French Press, that highlights food and beverage products that are ethically sourced.
Jackson Schiefelbein2020-21 Western Leadership Team
Jackson is a sophomore honors student at Arizona State University working towards a double BA in Sustainability and Global Studies with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Cross-Sector Leadership. He currently leads Sun Devils for Fair Trade, a student-led organization dedicated to educating the ASU community about Fair Trade practices and being empowered consumers. His journey with Fair Trade began after leading a walkout for gun control at his high school in Columbus, Ohio and founding State of Ohio Youth Activists (SOYA). He began his involvement with Fair Trade while volunteering at a local Fair Trade nonprofit. With hopes of working in international development, Jackson loves to travel and is planning to stud abroad in Spain in 2020. He is working with the UN Academic Impact program as a Millennium Fellow during the fall 2019 semester to support the development of a university-wide Ethical Procurement Campaign at ASU. In his free time, Jackson is an avid runner and biker and dreams of one day biking across the country, advocating for ethical consumption and production practices along the way.
Rachel Spence2020-21 Western Leadership Team
Rachel joined the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) in 2016. As the FTF’s Director of Operations & Engagement, she is responsible for communications, member/public engagement, online presence, and digital and print publications. Rachel is also on the board of directors of Grow Ahead, a crowdfunding platform that supports small family farmers as they address the challenge of climate change in their communities, and the steering committee of local advocacy group Fair Trade Philadelphia. Prior to the FTF, Rachel worked with Fair Trade farmer cooperatives in Latin America with Fundación Runa. She also worked in the field of international trade policy in New York and with the United Nations and U.S. government in Washington, DC. Rachel has an MA in International Affairs with a concentration in Economic Development from George Washington University and a BA in International Economics & Commerce and Spanish Language & Literature from Lafayette College.
Elisha Chan2020-21 Western Leadership Team
Elisha Chan is the new Executive Director of Fair Trade LA and the founder of Elisha C., an ethical brand on a mission to end poverty through job creation. She found her passion while traveling on many Haiti trips as a student at UCLA and started her social enterprise six months after she graduated. She currently works with many artisans and producers throughout Haiti, while doing philanthropy work in a small village called Fond Doux, Haiti. She has since established a Scholarship Program, sending underprivileged youth to school, from preschool to university. A passionate advocate of establishing long-term solutions to break the cycle of poverty.
Teresa Baxter2020-21 Western Leadership Team
In her 40s, 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 and then 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. When she moved to New York City, she became the publicity coordinator for HandCrafting Justice (from 2010 until 2014), a Fair Trade global non-profit, with a focus on the empowerment of women internationally. She also volunteered at Ten Thousand Villages in Alexandria for one year, while serving on the steering committee that earned Alexandria, VA, Fair Trade Town status in 2014. Happy to be back in Southern California, Teresa is on the committee of the Long Beach Fair Trade Town campaign and is actively involved with Fair Trade LA.
Eastern Leadership Team
Holly Francis2020-21 Eastern Regional Fellow
Holly is a recent graduate from Champlain College with a B.S. in Environmental Studies & Policy. She is originally from Wisconsin, but Champlain College brought her to beautiful Vermont where she has now made residence. Using her passion for environmental advocacy, Holly has joined this zeal with her realization of the interconnectedness of environmental and social issues. This brought her to become one of the heads of Champlain College’s Fair Trade campaign for two and a half years in which she led campus events and focused a lot of her work on education and empowerment on her campus. Now, she plans to utilize her experience to better support other campaigns in their endeavors through her 2020-2021 fellowship position.
Isabel Geisler2020-21 Eastern Leadership Team
Currently a Sociology PhD student at Northeastern University, Isabel holds a B.A in Global Studies, minor in Spanish, and certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She has conducted field research on the impact of gender equity policies in Honduran fair trade coffee cooperatives (2016) as well as an analysis of carceral feminist narratives in the Mexican movement against feminicidio (2018). Isabel has a great interest in sharing her passion for ethical labor and production and is excited to join the Fair Trade Campaigns team.
Liz Nies2020-21 Eastern Leadership Team
Liz Nies is a recent graduate of John Carroll University where she majored in Sociology and double-minored in Political Science and Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. Liz became interested in Fair Trade after first learning about it in a social justice course and recognizing it as a way to put her social justice values into practice in her everyday life. She then worked as a Fair Trade Intern with John Carroll’s Campus Ministry, a position which allowed her to further develop her knowledge of Fair Trade and to share it with her campus community. Liz is currently working on her Masters in Social Work at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is looking forward to using her passion for social justice in service of Fair Trade Campaign’s work in the Mid Atlantic Region!
Claire Fitzgerald2020-21 Eastern Leadership Team
Claire is a Senior at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia studying Communications and Spanish. Going into college, she was already interested in labor rights and environmental sustainability. Her passion for fair trade started when she accidentally went to an information session for a class about fair trade and an accompanying study tour to Costa Rica. Seeing the intersection of labor rights and sustainability in fair trade left her wanting to learn more about the movement. Since then she has joined her school’s Fair Trade Initiative, helped organize and market campus events, attended two Fair Trade Campaigns National Conferences, and yes, traveled to Costa Rica on the fair trade study tour that initially sparked her interest. She enjoys digital content creation and looks to focus on ethical consumerism and conscious storytelling in her future.
Alyssa Anderson2020-21 Eastern Leadership Team
Alyssa joined the Fair Trade Federation as Membership Manager in 2020. She is active in the Lancaster hub of the Global Shapers Community as the current Vice Curator, as well as the Climate Reality Leadership Corps. She has been in the non-profit sector for the majority of her career, both with Agency with Choice, an organization dedicated to assisting individuals in selecting their own care providers, and Church World Service, where she served as a resettlement case manager in the Refugee Resettlement Program.
Her passion for fair trade was cultivated throughout her years working for those in vulnerable populations and advocating for human rights issues and sustainable practices both professionally and personally. Alyssa earned a B.A. in International Studies with a French minor from Millersville University.
Jennifer Miller2020-21 Eastern Leadership Team
Jennifer Miller has been involved in the Fair Trade movement since her undergraduate years at Eastern Mennonite University. During a semester study abroad, she met artisans struggling to support their families in Egypt and the West Bank. Their stories forced her to consider how her decisions as a consumer impacted the lives of others and led her to become an advocate for Fair Trade. Jennifer has served on the boards of directors of Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh and Ten Thousand Villages Baltimore; she is currently working with Ten Thousand Villages State College. Jennifer holds a M.A. in History with a focus in Women’s and Gender Studies from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in History from West Virginia University.
Leigh Wallace2020-21 Eastern Leadership Team
Leigh Wallace hails from a small town outside of Chicago, called Glen Ellyn. She has lived in New York the last 16 years and currently resides in Brooklyn. After graduating in 2003 from the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!), she moved to New York to pursue her dream as a designer in the Fashion Industry. Leigh landed a roll at “Ross Stores Dress for Less” where she was an Assistant Buyer in Juniors. In 2010 she felt she needed a change, the excess of buying and the quality of what she was buying within fast fashion pointed towards the direction of waste and landfill. Leigh decided to go back to school to attend Parsons School of Design, with the purpose and pretense of designing a sustainable dress line and to learn how to create a zero waste supply chain. Without knowing what that really meant, Leigh launched her dress-line in 2013 called LL FAE and continued with pre-sales thru 2017: Dresses for Women who bicycle to work, made here in NYC. The vision of being a sustainable fashion entrepreneur has evolved as she joined the NYC Fair Trade Coalition and continues to explore the impact of waste of the fashion industry and how that has effected climate change. Fair Trade is a great solution to creating sustainability within the supply chain. Leigh is currently an advocate for the slow factory movement, thrifting, swapping and transparency in the supply chain. She hopes to help find solutions in the Fair Trade movement with circularity for her fashion entrepreneurship and consult others to do the same.
Travis Brodbeck2020-21 Eastern Leadership Team
Travis Brodbeck came to Fair Trade Campaigns as a National Steering Committee member and member of the National Student Leadership Committee during his sophomore year at Siena College in 2014. He is currently a graduate student studying accounting at Siena College where he previously served as co-organizer of Fair Trade Siena since his first year. In addition, he helped organize Fair Trade Colonie and Albany campaigns. He studied abroad in Berlin during his junior year where the abundance of Fair Trade products and awareness furthered his commitment to advocacy with Fair Trade Campaigns.