Fair Trade Federation Staff

MEET OUR STAFF

The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) staff are integral to furthering the work of our members and the fair trade movement. They work together with the FTF Board of Directors and the FTF Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee to further the FTF’s mission.

Chris Solt | Executive Director

As Executive Director, Chris manages the strategic, administrative, and programmatic aspects of the Fair Trade Federation. 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 events across the US and Canada. He has developed relationships with fair trade professionals from all over the world, including travels to India, Nepal, Peru, and Guatemala, where he has seen the impact of fair trade, first hand. On September 19, 2019, the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) elected Chris as their Pacific Representative on the WFTO’s Global Board for a four year term. 

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.

Alyssa Anderson | Director of Membership

Alyssa joined the Fair Trade Federation in 2020. She leads the rigorous application process and annual member reviews, and assists in coordinating events and member programs.

She is also on the National Leadership Team for Fair Trade Campaigns, a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, and an alum of Global Shapers. She has been in the non-profit sector for the majority of her career, both with Agency with Choice, an organization dedicated to assisting individuals in selecting their own care providers, and Church World Service, where she served as a resettlement case manager in the Refugee Resettlement Program. She was on the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission Advisory Council for three years, serving as its chair for two years.

Her passion for fair trade was cultivated throughout her years working for those in vulnerable populations and advocating for human rights issues and sustainable practices, both professionally and personally. Alyssa earned a B.A. in International Studies with a French minor from Millersville University, and is currently pursuing an MBA from Penn State University.

Rachel Spence Siegel | Communications & Projects Coordinator

Rachel leads the Fair Trade Federation’s communications and special projects, assisting with events such as the annual Silent Auction and the FTF Conference and Expo. She is currently on the board of the non-profit Grow Ahead as well as the William H and Denise A Spence Foundation.

Rachel previously worked with fair trade farmer cooperatives in Ecuador, for the U.S. Council for International Business in New York, and with the United Nations Information Center in Washington, DC.

Rachel has an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University and a BA in International Economics & Commerce from Lafayette College. She joined the Fair Trade Federation originally in 2016 and is now back working with the FTF team after taking time off to spend with her baby girl, Ayla.

Interested in becoming a verified fair trade enterprise? Learn more here!