Who we are

Fairtrade is a global movement for change, represented in the United States by Fairtrade America.

We work directly with companies, consumers and campaigners to secure a better deal for farmers and workers.

What Fairtrade America does

Fairtrade America is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 organization associated with the international Fairtrade system.

Our key areas of activity include:

  • Providing independent certification of the product supply chain through FLOCERT. Fairtrade America licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark, which appears on a product as assurance for consumers that the product meets the internationally agreed Fairtrade Standards.
  • Help in growing demand for Fairtrade products and empowering producers to sell their goods in the United States.
  • Working with businesses and nonprofit organizations to support producer organizations and their networks.
  • Raising awareness of the needs of small-scale farmers and workers in developing countries and supporting efforts to make trade fair.

Based on transparency, respect and dialogue, Fairtrade is a trading partnership that works to make international trade fairer. Fairtrade secures the rights of and offers better trading conditions to marginalized farmers and works in the Global South, thus contributing to sustainable development.

Fairtrade America's Team

Executive Director: Hans Theyer

Director of Finance & Administration: Kristina Ballard

Chief Operating Officer: Bryan Lew

Senior Business Development Manager: Jorge Berges

Business Development Manager: Elsebeth Nordlund

Business Development Manager: Derek Mulhern

Business Development Manager: Ariel Bramble

Impact and Innovation Manager: Stefanie Colish

Compliance Manager: Matt Hamilton

Resource Development Manager: Liz Guerrero

Market & Communications Manager: Mary Linnell-Simmons

External Relations Manager: Margot Conover

Digital Content Manager: Kyle Freund

Events and Communications Assistant Manager: Kathleen McCoy

Administrative Assistant: Katie Bourgoin

Fairtrade America’s Board of Directors

Chair:  Tony Hall is a consultant with expertise in business development, marketing channels and global business with extensive experience in Asia and Europe. He has spent many years promoting fair trade and supporting Fair Trade Organizations, helping them improve their strategic and marketing skills as well as finding new outlets for their products in Europe and the United States.

Treasurer: Tim Beaty has more than 30 years of experience in labor and community organizing. Tim is currently the Director of Global Strategies for the Teamsters, where he has worked since 2005. He advised Fairtrade International on the recently revised Standard for Hired Labor and is involved with CRS Fair Trade in his local parish.

Secretary: Gilberto Amaya is Chief of Party to the El Salvador Cacao Alliance for Catholic Relief Services. He has more than 30 years of experience assisting development organizations, governments, NGOs and community-based organizations in the design and implementation of strategies and programs to address poverty and social exclusion, and helping strengthen producer and community-based organizations to become viable partners in business.

Katherine DiMatteo is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Food Trade Association. She has worked in a variety of capacities within the organic industry since 1990. In addition, DiMatteo continues as a managing partner at Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates,  a consulting firm whose specialists deliver effective strategies to help organic products and businesses grow. The former executive director of the Organic Trade Association from 1990 to 2006 was instrumental in shaping the outcome of the U.S. National Organic Program standards and the U.N. Codex guidelines for organically produced foods.

Werner Kiene has 40 years of development experience. He has held positions with the Ford Foundation, the UN World Food Program and the German Development organization (GIZ). He served in advisory roles for FLOCERT (Supervisory Board), the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, and is currently Chair of the Marine Stewardship Council’s Board of Directors.

Merling Preza is the General Manager of PRODECOOP, an organization of 38 cooperatives in northern Nicaragua. She has held various positions representing producers in certification bodies such as OCIA International, Fairtrade International, Fairtrade Foundation UK, and in International Cooperatives such as Pachamama, TWIN TRADING, Cafédirect, and COOPERATIVA SIN FRONTERAS. She was leader of the CLAC and RED CAFÉ de PP for many years.

Fairtrade America's Advisory Council

Dan Arnett, Central Co-op

Lauren Drakopulos, Ph.D. student, University of Washington

Judy Gearhart, International Labor Rights Forum

Rick Peyser, Lutheran World Relief

Cheryl Pinto, Ben & Jerry’s

Jonathan Rosenthal, New Economy Coalition

Ritu Sharma, Sharma Solutions

Sandy Wynne, Fair Trade Burlington Network

About the global Fairtrade system

Fairtrade is the world's largest and most recognized fair trade system, and consists of three producer networks, Fairtrade International, 32 Fairtrade organizations, and FLOCERT, the independent certification body for Fairtrade.

When it comes to making Fairtrade’s vision a reality, and driving impact for farmers and workers, each has a special part to play.

  • National Fairtrade organizations build the market for Fairtrade products, and Fairtrade America is responsible for this work in the United States. In particular, we work with companies who use Fairtrade certified products and build consumer awareness of how products are produced. Other markets include the UK, Norway, Poland, Germany, and Canada, and new marketing organizations in India, Brazil, South Korea and Kenya. Click here for a full list of member countries
  • The producer networks – Fairtrade Africa, the CLAC and Network of Asian and Pacific Producers – represent Fairtrade certified organizations (such as a cooperatives of small-scale farmers and workers' committees). They also coordinate and manage producer support in their respective regions.
  • Fairtrade International, based in Germany, coordinates Fairtrade’s work across the globe and sets the international Fairtrade Standards and Minimum Prices. It develops and leads the global strategy and gives direction to the Fairtrade movement, consulting across the system. Fairtrade International also promotes trade justice.
  • FLOCERT is the independent company that operates Fairtrade’s certification system. It checks that raw materials and products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark comply with the Fairtrade Standards, and that producers receive the Fairtrade Premium and Fairtrade Minimum Price. FLOCERT’s auditors are usually located in the countries and regions where Fairtrade farmers and workers live. Highly qualified, they are also familiar with local cultures, languages and legal systems. There are also FLOCERT auditors in the United States who check that companies that use the FAIRTRADE Mark are in compliance.

Read more about Fairtrade’s governance here.