National Team

Staff

Billy Linstead Goldsmith

Director

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 Nealis

Campus & 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

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Alex Thomas

2019 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 Romain

2019 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

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Kenya Reeves

2020-21 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”.

Isabel Hoyos

2019-20 Great Lakes Regional Fellow

Isabel is passionate about building healthy, sustainable food systems that support both people and the planet. She is originally from Medellín, Colombia, but currently lives in Chicago, where she is an undergraduate student at Loyola University, majoring in Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture. She first got involved with Fair Trade through the Fair Trade Committee at her university, and looks forward to helping spread the message, facilitate new campaigns, and support all those who want to advocate for ethical and environmentally responsible consumption.

Zachary Rochester

2019-20 Great Lakes Regional Fellow

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 Trujillo

2020-21 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 Seis

2019-20 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 Bertrand

2019-20 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.

Briyanna Jones

2019-20 Great Lakes Leadership Team

Briyanna is currently a Senior at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago, IL and an intern at Chicago Fair Trade. Her interest in Fair Trade came about as an extension to her Global Citizenship class which explores implementing Fair Trade ideology through the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. In her free time Briyanna enjoys listening to music, participating in her school’s Model UN team and Fair Trade Club, and watching food documentaries. She hopes to continue to advocate for ethical consumerism and sustainability practices after graduation.

Jenna Roskopf

2019-20 Great Lakes Leadership Team

Jenna is a senior at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, studying Social Work and International Studies. Jenna became involved with Fair Trade during her freshman year of college, and then became the Fair Trade intern at her campus’ Peace and Justice Center during her junior year. Alongside her Fair Trade work, Jenna has a passion for working with people and learning about different cultures. She plans on completing a year or two of service after graduating this year before returning to Graduate school. In addition to this, Jenna loves singing and playing in her school’s jazz band, waterskiing, biking, and being outside. Jenna is looking forward to continuing her Fair Trade work this year by serving on the Great Lakes Regional Leadership Team and continuing to grow the movement on her campus and beyond.

Anne Lemke

2019-20 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 Cordova

2019-20 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

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Noah Gorovitz

2020-21 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.

Alexis Lyken

2019-20 Southwest Regional Fellow

Alexis is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), where she’s studying Environmental Science with a minor in Geological Technical Studies. She has a focus on sustainability and the issues of human trafficking in her community and globally. During her years in college she has been awarded two Community-Based Research awards that focus on sustainability initiatives and is continuing her second year as President of the Students to Abolish Sex Slavery club on campus. As club president, she has undertaken UNR’s Fair Trade campaign. Her position enables her to bring awareness to the importance of Fair Trade and its connection to human rights, anti-trafficking advocacy, and sustainability. Alexis also served on Fair Trade Campaigns National Student Leadership Committee from 2018-19 and is eager to expand her involvement as a Southwest Regional Fellow.

Kaila Moraga

2019-20 Southwest Regional Fellow

Kaila is a fourth year student from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, studying Environmental Biology with an emphasis on Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity. Kaila serves as the Sustainability Technical Projects Assistant for Cal Poly’s Facilities. Planning and Management, where she aims to engage students with sustainable initiatives through various educational workshops and collaboration events with campus organizations. Some projects include the Fair Trade Campaign on her campus, as well as collaborations with student organizations to obtain The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), a $100,000 budget dedicated towards sustainability initiatives. Kaila is eager to expand her involvement with Fair Trade and provide individuals with resources and insights to help them feel empowered and motivated in their advocacy efforts.

Grace Burnite

2020-21 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 King

2020-21 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 French

2020-21 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. Jasmine is excited to join the Southwest Regional team as a Fellow this year and put all that she has learned into action.

Jackson Schiefelbein

2020-21 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.

Kristen Soares

2020-21 Western Leadership Team

Kristen is a third year student at UCLA studying Environmental Science, with minors in Environmental Systems and Society as well as Public Affairs. She became involved with the Fair Trade Los Angeles Campaign in January 2019 as Ambassador, helping to make LA the largest Fair Trade Town in the country. She has a passion for environmental justice and helping the communities most affected by climate-related inequities, which is why she loves Fair Trade’s focus on the intersection of sustainability and social justice. In her free time, you can find her singing for her a cappella group, hiking at home in Portland, and travelling as much as possible.

Rachel Spence

2020-21 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 Chan

2020-21 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 Baxter

2020-21 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.

Jacita Keys

2020-21 Western Leadership Team

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.

Eastern Leadership Team

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Holly Francis

2020-21 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 Geisler

2019-20 Northeast Regional Fellow

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 as a 2019-20 Fellow.

Arthur Elbthal

2019-20 Northeast Regional Fellow

Arthur Elbthal joins Fair Trade Campaigns as a recent graduate from Assumption College with a BA in Marketing who has adjusted his focus towards the conscious consumerism movement. This included leading a team on his campus in Massachusetts as Vice President of the Social Justice Ambassadors and subsequently as the Fair Trade Campaign Coordinator. In this Campaign Coordinator role, he organized events and collaborated with Fair Trade companies in an effort to grow Fair Trade at his college. Now as part of the 2019-20 Fellowship, he is eager to expand his horizons and look to the Northeast region for exciting Fair Trade opportunities!

Jovi Broadus

2019-20 Mid Atlantic Regional Fellow

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jovi Broadus has over ten years’ experience in fashion and lifestyle digital marketing. With degrees from The Fashion Institute in International Trade and Marketing for the fashion industries, as well as Advertising and Marketing Communications & Merchandising; Jovi hopes to use her experience and drive to uplift Black people and communities both home and abroad through opportunities and fairness. Jovi is a celebrity news, Black culture & Black female empowerment Content Creator and aspiring African goods importer and distributor. Through empowering black culture globally Jovi hopes to counter issues in the community and empower development and change in underserved and misunderstood communities at home and abroad. Jovi believes if you give a man a fish, he can eat today but if you show a man how to fish, he can feed himself and his village for a lifetime. Jovi is also a member of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition (NYCFT) and previously NYCFT’s Business Member Chair.

Liz Nies

2019-20 Mid Atlantic Regional Fellow

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 Fitzgerald

2020-21 Eastern Regional 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 Anderson

2020-21 Eastern Regional 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.

Taryn Lemmon

2019-20 Eastern Leadership Team

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!  

Jennifer Miller

2019-20 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 Wallace

2019-20 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.

Sean Murray

2019-20 Eastern Leadership Team

Sean Murray teaches First Year Writing at St. John’s University and has been a member of the Fair Trade Campaigns Mid-Atlantic Leadership team since 2014. 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.

Amy Liang

2019-20 Eastern Leadership Team

Amy Liang is joining the Fair Trade Campaigns team as a junior at Binghamton University. She is currently studying Environmental Policy and Philosophy, Politics, and Law. Working with a myriad of different organizations on campus, such as NYPIRG and BU Food Sustainability (BUFS), she has helped organize events to promote public education and activism on environmental issues, especially those that affect her community. While her interests lie in environmental justice, she is also very passionate in music and art. As an incoming member of the Leadership Team, she aims to gain the necessary resources to build a network of support and create a lasting impact!

Travis Brodbeck

2019-20 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.