Billy Linstead GoldsmithDirector
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 levels. He has mobilized fence-line communities and 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 HizaCommunications & Programs Manager
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 NealisCampus & Community Engagement Manager
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 Administrative Assistant. 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. Kylie graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Community Studies and Politics and received her Certified Nonprofit Professional Credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in 2017. She also lived in Thailand for five years and speaks conversational Thai and Spanish.
Bailey RobertsPrograms & Outreach Intern
Bailey is currently a senior at Holy Names University in Oakland, California where he is pursuing a BA degree in History. Bailey was first exposed to Fair Trade after interning for the Asian Pacific Peace Studies Institute at HNU through Professor Chiho Sawada. Working at the APPSI gave Bailey experience in the field of peace studies, as well as sustainability and civic engagement. Through his coursework at HNU Bailey has been exposed to many aspects of social justice and environmental protection, while simultaneously broadening his understanding of global issues. While interning with Fair Trade Campaigns Bailey hopes to gain experience and knowledge about bringing positive change through environmentally responsible business and organizations.
National 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.
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.
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.
Maisie GanzlerVice President of Strategy - Bon Appétit Management Company
Maisie Ganzler is Chief Strategy & Brand Officer for Bon Appétit Management Company, the food service pioneer that operates more than 1000 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
National Student Leadership Committee
Alex Thomas2018-19 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 Romain2018-19 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.
Bradley Petrella2017-18 NATIONAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBER
Bradley will graduate from the University of Dayton (UD) in spring 2018 with a double major in International Studies and Spanish, minors including Human Rights Studies, and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit and Community Leadership. He has been lead organizer of UD’s Fair Trade Campaign since his sophomore year, working with other students, staff, and administrators to build support for fair and ethical sourcing and purchasing at the university. Bradley has also volunteered at a Fair Trade retail store and while studying abroad in Costa Rica, had the opportunity to visit CoopeTarrazú, a coffee cooperative that’s Fair Trade Certified. Experiences like visiting CoopeTarrazú and hearing from Fair Trade advocates around the world keep him inspired to continue advocating for Fair Trade beyond graduation. In the meantime, Bradley joined the National Student Leadership Committee in January 2018 and is thrilled to contribute to Fair Trade advocacy across the nation. He also enjoys watching and playing sports, especially soccer, being engaged in his community, learning languages, and having good conversations.
Great Lakes Leadership Team
Justin Seis2018-19 Great Lakes Regional Fellow
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.
Sloan Smith2018-19 Great Lakes Regional Fellow
Sloan Smith is a senior at Loyola University of Chicago (LUC) where she plans on graduating with a BA in political science along with a minor in criminal justice. Toward the end of her sophomore year of college she came across Oxfam, a global nonprofit whose mission is to end world poverty. Oxfam was the first organization to really introduce what Fair Trade was, and soon after her training she realized she wanted to do more. After being a CHANGE leader for Oxfam and starting her own chapter at school during her junior year, she felt that the next step for her would be to dive deeper into Fair Trade by learning more and educating her community around her. She is looking forward to providing a platform for Fair Trade at her university and becoming a more well informed and socially responsible person.
Aleah Erenberger2017-18 Great Lakes Regional Fellow
Aleah is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, IA and is currently living in Dubuque. She graduated with a BS in Biology. While at Loras she spent 2 years as the Fair Trade Student Worker in the Peace and Justice Department on campus. She graduated hoping to continue her work in the non-profit realm and work for global solidarity and social justice. Her heart still holds the sciences fondly and has found her passion to also be in public health. She currently works at Hillcrest Family Services as the Tobacco Use Prevention Lead and see this job as an excellent opportunity to get experience in public health before continuing on to graduate school. Born and raised in Colorado, she hopes to return to her home state within the next two years. With that, her favorite activities include hiking with her two dogs, biking, kayaking and simply spending time outdoors.
Anne Lemke2018-19 Great Lakes Leadership Team Member
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!
Bethany Collins2018-19 Great Lakes Leadership Team Member
Bethany Collins grew up in Southwest Michigan and moved to Chicago to study Communication at Loyola University, graduating in 2015. Since then, she has pursued a career in communications and development for various nonprofit organizations, and hopes to devote her life’s work to social justice. She joined the board of Chicago Fair Trade in 2017. In her free time, Bethany enjoys practicing yoga, exploring Chicago’s neighborhoods in search of art galleries and fair trade coffee shops, and traveling the world as much as life allows.
Katherine Bissell Cordova2018-19 Great Lakes Leadership Team Member
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.
Margo Druschel2018-19 Great Lakes Leadership Team Member
Margo moved to Mankato in 2009 from the Boston-area, where she was active in fair trade through her faith-community. 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 traveled to the Dominican Republic in 2012 with other activists, where she visited fair trade producers of coffee, bananas and cacao. She has worked on the Gustavus Adolphus College Fair Trade Campaign and with many local faith groups in Mankato. Margo’s current work is with Refugee Services for the Minnesota Council of Churches.
Morgan Jeidy2018-19 Great Lakes Leadership Team Member
Morgan (They/Them) is a junior at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point studying Urban Forestry and Political Science. Morgan is currently the Environmental and Sustainability Affairs Director (ESAD) for UWSP’s Student Government Association and recently served as a Caucus Chair for the College of Natural Resources. Through their position as ESAD, Morgan chairs two committees focused on environmental and sustainability issues. By serving on the Great Lakes Regional Leadership Team, Morgan hopes to incorporate Fair Trade into more policy and activism efforts at UWSP. Morgan’s involvement in various entities on campus has sparked their passion for environmental and social responsibility. When not in class or meetings, Morgan loves hiking, running, and water sports.
Zach Rochester2018-19 Great Lakes Leadership Team Member
Zach (They/Them) is an energetic individual with a passion for positively impacting our global society. Zach is a student at the University of Iowa, studying Art and Anthropology. Prior to attending UIOWA, Zach worked extensively in restaurant management, which sparked their passion for workers’ rights and getting involved with the Fair Trade Movement with an entrepreneurial spirit. Zach recently started a small business in Iowa City, with the intentions of encouraging self exploration, personal growth, and awareness through vintage fashion, sustainability, and Fair Trade practices. In their free time, Zach can be found thrifting for their shop, wandering in the forest, or practicing yoga.
Mid Atlantic Leadership Team
Taryn Lemmon2018-19 Mid Atlantic Regional Fellow
Taryn is a recent graduate from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Business Administration. Having worked as the Sustainability Coordinator her senior year, she put her passion for social justice into action by teaching Mary Washington and the surrounding community about the importance of environmental, cultural, social, and financial sustainability. She became specifically involved in the Fair Trade movement after a trip to Guatemala where she lived with an indigenous family and learned the ins and outs of international development. As a Fair Trade Fellow, Taryn looks forward to applying her knowledge of sustainability and social justice issues to generate a positive impact in the Mid Atlantic region!
Zoe Sheppard2018-19 Mid Atlantic Regional Fellow
Zoe Sheppard, originally from Maryland, is in her third year at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, where she is majoring in Environmental Studies as well as double-minoring in International Studies and Social Justice. Her passion for Fair Trade started in high school when she was responsible for developing, implementing and teaching a curriculum surrounding human rights. Zoe’s interest in Fair Trade took off from there and her involvement has grown ever since. She has been an active member of the St. John’s Fair Trade committee since her sophomore year of college and continues to integrate Fair Trade studies into her academic research. Zoe is also a recent alum of the Sondheim Nonprofit Leadership Program, a fellowship in which she gained hands-on experience in the non-profit sector working for Soccer Without Borders, a non-profit in Baltimore, Maryland, that provides refugee and immigrant youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth and inclusion. Throughout the duration of this program, she was able to develop a deeper understanding of non-profit frameworks and outreach. Zoe is excited to apply this knowledge to her work with Fair Trade Campaigns.
Andrea Reyes2018-19 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
Andrea Reyes is the Chair of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition. She currently works as an adjunct professor at LIM and Berkeley College teaching a variety of classes within the fashion industry. Andrea is also a small business owner. A. Bernadette was created in collaboration with her sister, Amberle, after living in Uganda. A. Bernadette works with artisans in Uganda creating accessories, home goods, and more from recycled/up-cycled materials. She has received multiple degrees from various programs at F.I.T. including pattern making, International Trade and Marketing, as well as a masters in Global Fashion Management.
Breanne Kroehler2018-19 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
Breanne is a senior at George Mason University (GMU) achieving her B.A in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Conflict analysis of international human rights. Along with minoring in Korean studies and Social Justice. Her passion for fair trade started as a member of her university’s anti-human trafficking organization and it took off from there after doing research on the school’s involvement with companies that utilize unjust workers’ rights ethics. From there she has continued her research while studying abroad in Cambodia and in the Philippines on the garment industry, banana plantations, and pineapple plantations. Breanne has also taught about fair trade impact for helping human trafficking victims overseas. Breanne is originally from Chicago, Il and moved to Virginia in 2001. She is currently the president of the GMU anti-human trafficking organization and heading the on campus fair trade committee.
Emily Zacharczyk2018-19 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.
Rachael Huegerich2018-19 Mid Atlantic Leadership Team Member
Originally from a small agricultural town, Rachael came to the Philadelphia area to attend Villanova University, where she studies Peace & Justice and Communication with a concentration in Rhetorical Studies and minors in Philosophy and Theology. As a Catholic Relief Services intern and campus ambassador working on sustainability and integral human development, Rachael moved naturally into the Fair Trade movement. Always learning more about how to make peaceful ideals into actionable steps, Rachael is delighted to spread a spirit of meaningful campus action around her interests in human dignity, globalization, and mindfulness.
Sean Murray2018-19 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.
Tori Curbelo2018-19 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. During this period, she created UNICEF USA’s Ending Human Trafficking Locally and Globally Podcast, which has boasted thousands of downloads. Tori currently works as a Global Citizenship Fellow at UNICEF USA, engaging and mobilizing hundreds of individuals on issues affecting children. Her passion for human rights has led her everywhere from delivering briefings at the United Nations to publishing an article for the peace building publication Insight on Conflict. She sits on the Coalition for Global Citizenship and was recognized as a Grove Scholar during her graduate degree. She recently received her Master’s from the CUNY School of Public Health. She previously earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Italian at College of the Holy Cross, and completed a year of her university coursework in Italian at the Università di Bologna.
Southwest Leadership Team
Dana Peters2018-19 Southwest Regional Fellow
Dana graduated from Northern Arizona University in December 2017 with a BS in Environmental Studies. During her undergraduate career, she studied climate change on a Fulbright UKSI grant in England, worked as the Communications Coordinator for the university’s Office of Sustainability, and served as Public Relations Director for her chapter of Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority. Since graduating, she has been looking for new ways to get involved in sustainability initiatives and is excited to help educate people on Fair Trade over the next year as a regional fellow. In her rare free time, she likes to bake, read, and tell anyone that will listen about her pet rabbit, Cal.
Jasmine French2018-19 Southwest Regional Fellow
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. Jasmine is excited to join the Southwest Regional team as a Fellow this year and put all that she has learned into action.
Elaine Giles2018-19 Southwest Leadership Team Member
Elaine is a junior at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. As a Sociology major, she is passionate about collaborating to create a just world, and loves the way that Fair Trade empowers people to rise up and fight for justice. In her years at Point Loma, she has worked to mobilize the student body and surrounding communities about issues surrounding ethical purchasing. When she is not planning Fair Trade events, Elaine can be found surfing, making art, and serving as a Residential Assistant on a hall of freshman girls.
Elisha Chan2018-19 Southwest Leadership Team Member
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.
Jacita Keys2018-19 Southwest Leadership Team Member
Jacita has worked for the County of Los Angeles for over 18 years and brings her experience working in the legal, civic & nonprofit sectors to Fair Trade Campaigns. Jacita’s passion for Fair Trade grew through her studies, volunteering in the nonprofit sector and alongside her social service work. From being a Violence Prevention Specialist, for Peace Over Violence – a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that strives to eradicate interpersonal violence, to volunteering and being the Offsite Coordinator at Ten Thousands Villages in Pasadena. Jacita is also the Founder/Owner of Zaric Fair Trade, a shop that provides unique Fair Trade products that honor artisans and enrich lives. Jacita is dedicated to advocating for and providing services and support to under-served and disenfranchised individuals from all backgrounds. She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a emphasis in Youth/Family Services and Administration from Purdue University Global and will continue on to graduate school to pursue her Masters in Social Work. Jacita is excited to be a part of Fair Trade Campaigns serving as the Senior Community Organizer, for Fair Trade Pasadena and a member of the Southwest Leadership Team.
Lauren Haberstock2018-19 Southwest Leadership Team Member
Lauren recently returned to Arizona after a year abroad in Germany teaching English as a Fulbright Scholar. She graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Pepperdine University. While at Pepperdine, Lauren was involved with the campus chapter of International Justice Mission. The chapter organized several fundraisers throughout the course of her time there to raise awareness about modern slavery and international human rights through the sale of Fair Trade products. Lauren’s interest in the Fair Trade movement began when she visited a Thousand Villages store in Ann Arbor during a summer holiday. Since that inaugural introduction to the movement, she has sought to educate herself, her friends, and her family about the importance of Fair Trade products that ensure farmers and artisans across the globe receive a fair price for their goods and labor. She is excited to join the Southwest Regional Leadership Team with a base in Arizona.
Teresa Baxter2018-19 Southwest Leadership Team Member
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.
Northeast Leadership Team
Justain Connor2018-19 Northeast Regional Fellow
Justain Connor is currently a senior at Binghamton University. While serving as an intern for a campus organization focused on food sustainability, he helped organize the Binghamton Fair Trade campaign. Between his work on the Binghamton campaign and his studies as an environmental studies and biology major, Justain has developed a desire to promote better consumerism. He believes that widespread adoption of Fair Trade practices are vital to creating a more sustainable world both socially and environmentally.
Lily Mason2018-19 Northeast Regional Fellow
Lily Mason is a passionate advocate for social and environmental reform. She organizes with the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative, Rights & Democracy VT and Sierra Club to amplify efforts that shift away from exploitative practices towards regenerative methods of producing and consuming. Her experiences coordinating educational events about sustainable purchasing throughout her time at Champlain College has encouraged her to continue conversations with community members who are curious or already integrating more mindful spending habits. Lily has been inspired by the amazing impacts that dedicated individuals have had in Burlington, VT and supports anyone who is willing to strengthen the Fair Trade network. She is so excited to unify and grow campaigns throughout the Northeast!
Morgan Parr2018-19 Northeast Regional Fellow
Morgan Parr is a recent graduate of Rollins College with dual majors in Environmental Studies and Critical Media and Cultural Studies. Having spent the past four years in Florida, Morgan has now returned to her native state of Maine, where she now serves as a Northeast Fair Trade Campaigns Fellow. While at Rollins College she served as a Student Sustainability Coordinator, focusing on redesigning the on-campus Recycling Program, as well as helping to initiate a plastic bag ban on campus. In addition, Morgan also served as the work study for the Department of Environmental Studies, where she worked hand-in-hand with Ann Francis planning Fair Trade events on campus. Through this campus involvement and her education, Morgan has developed a passion for Fair Trade and sustainability, and hopes to use this passion to educate her local communities.
Ryan Knipple2017-18 Northeast Leadership Team Member
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.
Samantha Blanco2018-19 Northeast Leadership Team Member
Samantha Blanco is a graduate of Rollins College with a Bachelors degree in environmental studies and a minor in sustainability. During her time at Rollins, Sammie served as a member of EcoRollins and as a Sustainability Coordinator, where she was introduced to Fair Trade. During field studies to Costa Rica and Ecuador, she saw firsthand how Fair Trade programs benefit small local growers. In addition to her passion for social justice, Sammie worked to implement a reusable to-go container program at the dining center on campus for her Senior Capstone project. Following graduation, Sammie served for ten months with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in California and Wyoming. She has since returned to New England to continue serving her community and work with Fair Trade Campaigns to spread awareness about Fair Trade initiatives in New Hampshire.
Travis Brodbeck2018-19 Northeast Leadership Team Member
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.
Zoe Caron2018-19 Northeast Leadership Team Member
Zoe Caron is in her senior year at Champlain College and will graduate in the spring with a degree in Environmental Policy. She has worked under Champlain’s Center for Service and Sustainability, where she helps to educate students on environmental issues and encourage them to initiate change. As captain of the Eco-Reps, she’s also organized and led campaigns on topics such as conflict minerals, local food, waste management and Fair Trade. Living in Burlington, she’s found inspiration from the community, which shows a continued passion for promoting sustainability. Zoe hopes that she can bring Fair Trade to a greater audience, and help consumers to understand that the choices they make have considerable impacts.