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Our current members are:
San Francisco, California
Faith Garlington is an optimistic, idealistic, and visionary change agent. She currently serves a life and executive coach. Her local and international experiences have all fed her desire to make a positive contribution to the world at every step of her journey. Whether an endeavor involves an individual pursuit or a global program, new ideas energize Faith. Faith served as a nonviolent peace accompanier in Colombia where she learned about the power of sustainable economic development in preventing and recovering from political violence. Faith joined the PBI-USA Board of Directors in 2012. Before joining the Board, Faith was a Kiva Fellow where she was engaged in the financial reporting/borrower protection processes. Faith also has previous experience as a community and field organizer for various campaigns throughout the country. Faith graduated from Oklahoma State University with an MBA and an International Studies Graduate Certificate.
Amazon Watch, Washington, DC
Andrew brings two decades of human rights activism and international field experience to his work on the NCC. As Amazon Watch's Advocacy Director, he has collaborated closely since 2007 with their indigenous partners from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, facilitating rights-based advocacy at Washington DC-based institutions such as the multilateral banks, U.S. executive offices, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He travels regularly to the Amazon region and offers frequent commentary to media such as Al Jazeera English, CNN en Español, and the BBC World Service. Previously, he held several positions at Amnesty International USA, led capacity-building efforts for southern Sudanese community-based organizations through Mercy Corps, and served as a PBI field volunteer in Colombia in the late 90s as well as co-director of the country group.
Katherine Bissell Córdova
Executive Director, Chicago Fair Trade
Katherine Bissell Córdova has served as Executive Director of Chicago Fair Trade since 2014, bringing with her over twenty years of commitment to social justice, working for human rights, immigrant rights, and worker rights organizations. Katherine got her start in fair trade by opening Greenheart, a fair trade shop, in Chicago in 2007. Prior to that, Katherine served as the Executive Director of ARISE Chicago, an organization that partners with low-wage immigrant workers as they organize for improvements in the workplace, established a field office for GreenWood Alliance in Honduras, served as a human rights defender in Guatemala with Peace Brigades International, and worked at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors for Torture in Chicago. Katherine served as Co-Chair of Fair Trade Campaign’s National Fair Trade Towns’ Steering Committee. She is fluent in Spanish. She lives in Chicago with her two children, Sofia and Mateo.