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 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.