Renee Bowers | Executive Director
As the Executive Director of the Fair Trade Federation, Renee manages the strategic, administrative, and programmatic aspects of Federation. Prior to joining the Fair Trade Federation, 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.
Ann Ferguson | Membership Manager
Ann Ferguson joined the Fair Trade Federation as Membership Manager in April 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 Evansville, Indiana. As the education coordinator, she spoke to many volunteer and faith communities about fair trade and worked to connect various parts of the growing fair trade movement in southern Indiana. She also attended Tuttounaltracosa to learn from the members of the Associazione Botteghe del Mondo in Italy.
Ann earned a B.S. in Environmental Management and a minor in Religious Studies at Indiana University. She has worked for Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Keep Evansville Beautiful, and Camp Henry F. Koch.
Linda Majewski | Project Coordinator
Linda’s background includes disability-inclusion advocacy, volunteer program administration, and special events management. She’s the founder of Compeer Delaware, a nascent volunteer program serving adults living in mental health recovery.
Linda 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.