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Organizational Structure and Leadership

A working board of directors provides leadership for FTRN and its staff. Made up of dedicated volunteers, the board donates their time, financial support, and passion for economic justice to develop our growing organization. FTRN’s Executive Director reports to the board, and implements our programs and projects. Both staff and board members have experience in developing countries, and important personal and professional relationships with artisan and farmer groups, and within the international Fair Trade movement.

Staff

Executive Director – Jeff Goldman joined FTRN in January 2009.  He has fortunately received directions, cultural insights, and genuine kindness from countless locals while working & backpacking in 54 countries across six continents. Just prior to joining FTRN, he served as Executive Director of Mango Tree, a socially responsible business designing & producing low-literacy communication materials in Uganda. He was first introduced to Fair Trade while working as a Membership & Development Coordinator at Co-op America (now Green America). He has led service learning & personal growth trips for groups of secondary school students to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cuba, Thailand, Australia, and Hawaii.  He taught English in China, environmental science in Bolivia, and social studies at two Washington, DC high schools. For five years he led experiential education programs for students at Close Up in Washington, DC, by guiding week-long government & politics education tours.   He earned an M.S. in Energy and Environmental Policy from MIT, and a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. He loves health food, digital photography, playing tennis & adventuring in nature.

Administrator – Steven Kretzmann (aka “Stevik”) has worked with FTRN since 2002. Currently living in Philadelphia, Stevik is active in his local Quaker Meeting and food co-op, as well as various political, environmental and social change causes, including Fair Trade. He is a pacifist and conscientious objector to military taxes.

Board of Directors

Board Chair -  Scott Codey is a co-founder and member of the New York City Fair Trade Coalition, an all-volunteer grassroots organization dedicated to raising public awareness and increasing demand for Fair Trade products.  Scott is currently working at D Acres, an educational homestead and small-scale organic farm in Dorchester, New Hampshire. Scott was Director of Advocacy at Citizens Committee for New York City, an organization that supports community organizing and activism in New York City.  Scott worked at the International Human Rights Law Group (now Global Rights) in Washington DC and ran a public education campaign for TransFair USA (now Fair Trade USA).

Board Treasurer – Chris O’Brien is American University’s first Director of Sustainability. Previously, he directed the Responsible Purchasing Network at the Center for a New American Dream, and earlier served as Managing Director of the Green Business Network and the Fair Trade Federation. He is Treasurer of the Fair Trade Resource Network, and co-owns the Seven Bridges Organic Brewing Supply Cooperative. He also serves on the ASTM Sustainability Committee. In 2006, Chris authored the award-winning book Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World (New Society Publishers, 2006). He blogs about his passion for all things related to sustainability and beer at www.BeerActivist.com.

Board Member – Stephanie Sheerin is a grant advisor of the Fair Trade and Economic Justice Fund.  She founded and coordinates ‘It’s Only Fair’, a local faith-based program promoting economic justice through Fair Trade.  Stephanie is also the lead organizer of the Montclair Fair Trade Coalition (in October 2008 Montclair became the first Fair Trade town in NJ!).  Other economic justice work includes working as a tenant organizer and living wage advocate in Washington and Maryland.  While living in Kenya, she worked with a micro-credit program for women.

Board Member – Tex Dworkin is Director of Social Media for Global Exchange, an international human rights organization and Founder of DoGoodBiz.com, an online destination for fans of socially responsible business. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Thought and Political Economy from UMass in Amherst, and over 15 years of buying, marketing, and business development experience. Tex has traveled to many parts of the world on direct buying trips, delegations, and educational speaking tours, meeting with artisans and students, vendors and producers. Tex is passionate about helping and encouraging those involved in socially responsible business to achieve success. Her work in Fair Trade, e-commerce, and cause-based marketing continues to inspire her to work on expanding the socially responsible business movement.

Board Member – Adam Eidinger initiated the Mintwood Media Collective in May of 2000. He has worked for dozens of groups and businesses to generate media coverage and train communication staff. Adam is currently working on behalf of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps to promote their sourcing of Fair Trade and organic olive oil from Israeli and Palestinian farmers. While at Rabinowitz, he played a central role in promoting press coverage of the Tibetan Freedom Rally outside the U.S. Capitol, the largest rally for human rights in China and Tibet ever held on American soil. Adam was lead media coordinator for the World Bank and IMF protests in April 2000 which where featured in every American news magazine and newspaper as well on national and local television.

Board Member – Billy Linstead Goldsmith has served as National Coordinator of Fair Trade Towns USA since 2009. In that role, he is employed by Fair Trade USA. He came to Fair Trade from a seven-year career in the grassroots environmental movement.  As a Staff & Outreach Director with Clean Water Action, he recruited, trained and developed hundreds of organizers and facilitated campaigns on national, statewide, and local issues.  He has mobilized fence-line communities, organized public hearings and other local actions to hold polluters accountable, as well as participated in national outreach, policy, and recruitment strategy.  Upon traveling with his wife, Rachel to Venezuela in 2006, Billy was inspired to focus his career on international justice.

Board Member – Mary Embry is founder of Fair Trade Bloomington, a local Fair Trade nonprofit advocacy group and Board member of Global Gifts, a nonprofit Fair Trade organization with three stores. Mary received a Master of Science, writing on Fair Trade and Service-Learning. She remains engaged in implementing strong pedagogical tools that immerse students in considerations of their role as global citizens. She is core teaching faculty in the Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design Department at Indiana University, instructing courses in international trade, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability. She also advises the Indiana University Students In Free Enterprise team, a nationally recognized student group for their efforts in using entrepreneurial approaches to impact the well-being and standard of living of people.

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