Chris Solt | Executive Director

As Executive Director, Chris manages the strategic, administrative, and programmatic aspects of the Fair Trade Federation. He also researches, develops, and implements FTF’s comprehensive educational programs. He facilitates peer mentoring programs and drives & coordinates content for member events.

Chris has dedicated much of his professional career toward strengthening fair trade businesses. Prior to joining the FTF staff in 2016, Chris spent over 5 years as a Regional Sales Manager for Ten Thousand Villages US, working with fair trade stores of all sizes to be more successful. Chris then led the training team with Ten Thousand Villages for 7 years, which included coordinating and driving educational events, conferences, and fair trade promotion. After joining the FTF in early 2016, Chris has helped shape member education programs, led the coordination and planning for FTF Conferences, and represented FTF at gift shows and events across the US and Canada. He has developed relationships with many fair trade professionals from all over the world, including a trip to India and Nepal in 2008, where he saw the impact of fair trade first hand.

Chris earned a BA in Social Science at Cleveland State University, and is currently enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University, seeking a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources.

Ann Ferguson | Membership Manager

Ann FergusonAnn joined the Fair Trade Federation as Membership Manager in 2014. She oversees the rigorous membership application process and annual member reviews and assists in coordinating events and member programs.

Ann became interested in fair trade after witnessing the direct impact of small business on marginalized slum communities in Bangkok, Thailand. After returning to the USA, she helped start a fair trade retail store in her hometown.

Ann earned a B.Sc. in Environmental Management and a minor in Religious Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Rachel L. Spence | Engagement Manager

Rachel-L-SpenceRachel joined the Fair Trade Federation in June 2016 as Engagement Manager. She is responsible for FTF communications, public engagement, as well as advocacy for fair trade principles and practices.

Prior to joining the FTF, Rachel worked with fair trade farmer cooperatives in Latin America. She also worked in the field of international trade policy in New York and with the United Nations and U.S. government in Washington, DC.

Rachel has an MA in International Affairs with a concentration in Economic Development from George Washington University and a BA in International Economics & Commerce and Spanish Language & Literature from Lafayette College.

Allison Lynch | Program and Events Assistant

DSC05510As the Program and Events Assistant, Allison’s top priority is to manage all the minor details that keep our office running smoothly and efficiently, assisting with everything from database upkeep to finance management. Since joining the Fair Trade Federation in January 2017, her main focus has been detail oriented planning for the upcoming Conference & Expo as well as providing support during the busy Review & Renew season.

Allison graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Psychology and minor in Philosophy. As a result of her liberal arts background, she’s grown interested in non-profit management, community outreach, and social justice. These budding interests have inspired her to get involved with the fair trade movement and learn more about what we can do on a local level to instill ethical values into global trade. Allison hopes to one day get the chance to travel and see firsthand how organizations like the Fair Trade Federation positively impact artisans and communities around the world.