Billy Linstead Goldsmith

October 12, 2010

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.

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