Paulette Bertrand

Kylie Nealis August 26, 2019

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.

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Kylie Nealis, National Organizer for Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

Kylie brings over 5 years of community organizing and non-profit experience to Fair Trade USA, 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 Campaign Coordinator, Fair Trade Store Sales Associate and Interim Director of Operations. For the past two years she worked in the Executive Office at Sierra Club 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. She also lived in Thailand for 5 years and is conversational in Thai and learning Spanish. In her free time, Kylie enjoys being outdoors, hiking and traveling.