Fairtrade America connects producers, businesses and consumers, and promotes fair trading conditions thereby empowering producers to combat poverty and strengthen their financial position so they take more control over their lives.

Fairtrade America is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that licenses the FAIRTRADE Mark for Fairtrade certified products in the United States. As the official US representative of Fairtrade International, we work to promote Fairtrade to improve living conditions for farmers and workers around the world.

Leadership Team (As of December 15, 2016)

Hans Theyer, Executive Director

Kristina Ballard, Director of Finance & Administration

Bryan Lew, Director of Business Development

Board of Directors (As of December 15, 2016)*

Werner Kiene, PhD (Chair) 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.

Anthony Hall (Treasurer) 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.

Timothy Beaty (Secretary) 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.

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.

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.

* Affiliations are for identification purposes only

Fairtrade Around the World

Fairtrade International is the umbrella organization for Fairtrade worldwide. Fairtrade International owns the FAIRTRADE Marks that certify that international Fairtrade Standards have been met and oversees development of Fairtrade Standards and Pricing.

FLOCERT is the independent certification body of the global Fairtrade system. View FLOCERT’s 2015 Year in review (PDF)

Click on the countries below to find out more about the other organizations promoting Fairtrade around the world.