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 NealisSenior 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.
Taryn LemmonCampaigns & Communications Coordinator
Taryn is so excited to be working full-time with Fair Trade Campaigns as the Campaigns & Communications Coordinator. Her love for Fair Trade started in 2017 when she worked as her university’s Sustainability Coordinator and continued when she became a Fair Trade Campaigns Regional Fellow in 2018-2019, then part-time, temporary Eastern Region Coordinator then National Coordinating Fellow. Taryn hopes to use this new role of Campaigns & Communications Coordinator to help expand the Fair Trade movement across the country even during a tumultuous time. If you see Taryn outside of work you’ll find her reading, advocating for social justice issues, and spending time in nature with her beloved dog, Elvis.
National Leadership Team
Holly Francis2021-22 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.
Kenya Reeves2021-22 Midwest 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, where she majored 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”.
Kaile Camacho2021-22 National Leadership Team
I am so excited to be part of the National Leadership Team! I am a junior at Cal Poly, SLO studying Industrial Technology with a minor in Sustainable Environments. I was first introduced to Fair Trade when I joined the sustainable business club, Net Impact, and have been a strong advocate ever since. Last year, I became VP of Sustainable Souring and lead organizer of the Fair Trade San Luis Obispo campaign. We successfully earned designation and are currently looking to expand our network in the local campus community. I plan on pursuing a career in supply chain sustainability and hope to use this experience as an opportunity to grow my knowledge and influence in promoting greener consumerism.
Sarah King2021-22 National Leadership Team
Sarah is a long time Fair Trade advocate with a passion for public policy and environmental science with a centralized focus on renewable energies and conservation. 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. Now a California resident, Sarah works full time as a Policy Associate. Sarah is also the Founder & Organizer of 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 French2021-22 National 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.
Emily Trujillo2021-22 National 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 six 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.
Anne Lemke2021-22 National Leadership Team
Anne Lemke is the Student Community Impact 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. She completed her Master’s in 2018 in Organizational Change Leadership from UW Platteville in May and is excited to be a new Grandma!
Katherine Bissell Cordova2021-22 National 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.
Rachel Spence2021-22 National Leadership Team
Rachel is the Director of Operations & Engagement at the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) and has worked at the FTF since 2016. She is on the steering committee of her local campaign, Fair Trade Philadelphia, and 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. Previously, she worked with fair trade farmer cooperatives in Ecuador, in the field of international trade policy in New York, and with the United Nations Information Center in Washington, DC. Rachel has an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University and a BA in International Economics & Commerce from Lafayette College.
Elisha Chan2021-22 National 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.
Claire Fitzgerald2021-22 National Leadership Team
Claire is a recent Communications and Spanish graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Going into college, she was already interested in labor rights and environmental sustainability. Her passion for fair trade started when she 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, helped start a student-driven fair trade coffee company at her university, 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 Anderson2021-22 National Leadership Team
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.
Travis Brodbeck2021-22 National 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.
Teresa Baxter2021-22 National 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 for the Fair Trade Long Beach Town campaign and is the operations coordinator of the Fair Trade Long Beach Retail Collective.