Renee Bowers | Executive Director
As the Executive Director, Renee manages the strategic, administrative, and programmatic aspects of the Fair Trade Federation. Prior to joining the FTF, Renee built long term, sustainable fair trade relationships with artisan groups around the world. As a buyer at Ten Thousand Villages, she worked directly with producer groups in India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka to develop fairly traded product, build artisan capacity, and explore the impact of fair trade.
Renee has diverse experience within the non-profit and crafts sectors, both in the United States and abroad. As a Senior Performing Arts Fellow with the American Institute of Indian Studies, Bowers worked closely with traditional puppeteers and puppet carvers in Karnataka, South India. Renee has a BA from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. She also holds a graduate certificate in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business from the University of Delaware.
Chris Solt | Director of Member Education and Events
As Director of Member Education and Events, Chris’s primary focus is to research, develop, and implement comprehensive educational programs to help fair trade businesses grow. Additionally, he drives and coordinates content for member events and facilitates peer mentoring programs.
Prior to joining the FTF staff in 2016, Chris worked with Ten Thousand Villages for over ten years, first as Regional Sales Manager for the northeast of the US, then as Sales Training Manager, leading training and development programs for retail network and home office staff and volunteers. In his time there, he developed relationships with many fair trade professionals from all over the world, especially during a trip to India and Nepal, 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 Ferguson joined the Fair Trade Federation as Membership Manager in 2014. Her duties include overseeing the membership application process, liaising with applicants and members, and 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 BS in Environmental Management and a minor in Religious Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Linda Majewski | Project Coordinator
Linda’s background includes disability-inclusion advocacy, volunteer program administration, and special events management. She holds a BA in Psychology from Wesley College, is a Delaware Certified Volunteer Administrator and a graduate of the University of Delaware’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.
Rachel L. Spence | Engagement Manager
Rachel Spence 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 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 in Washington, DC and a BA in International Economics and Commerce from Lafayette College in Easton, PA.