Staff

Chris Solt | Executive Director

Chris SoltAs 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 and advancing the goals of the larger fair trade movement. 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 fair trade professionals from all over the world, including travels 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 a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from Southern New Hampshire University.

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 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.