Leaders around the world
Fairtrade America is the US branch of the Fairtrade International system. We are an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization, and we are proud to be part of this global network that includes about 2 million farmers and workers.
We believe that it is critical to have a wide variety of people at the governing table – most important the farmers themselves. Fairtrade International’s General Assembly – an annual gathering of representatives from across the system – is made up of half producers and half representatives from the different marketing and advocacy arms of the organization (like ours).
US Board of Directors
Chair: Katherine DiMatteo is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Food Trade Association. She has worked in a variety of capacities within the organic industry since 1990. Katherine helps businesses grow as a managing partner at Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates. She was the executive director of the Organic Trade Association from 1990 to 2006. While there, Katherine shaped the outcome of the US National Organic Program standards.
Treasurer: Dan Arnett is the Cooperator in Chief of Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. He is also a Graduate Program Adjunct Professor at the Presidio Graduate School. Dan has served on the board of the National Co+op Grocers Association, bringing a wealth of experience in co-op management. Dan holds a Master of Management in Cooperatives and Credit Unions from Saint Mary’s University.
Secretary: Jillian Semaan is the Director of Food and Environment at Earth Day Network where she focuses on addressing the impact animal agriculture has on the planet. She advocates for plant-based diets for the health of the environment and self. Previously as chief of staff for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Agriculture, she was able to create and implement government initiatives that focused on sustainable agriculture in food deserts and disadvantaged communities. She continues to focus on finding solutions to mitigate the climate crisis. She also has served as Campaign Director at Green America and has worked in the civic and social organization industry, with expertise in coalitions; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; food systems; and environmental and political campaigns.
Jackie DeCarlo is the CEO of the Manna Food Center, a food bank serving more than 30,000 people a year in Montgomery County, Maryland. She previously served at organizations supporting refugees and farmworkers, and as the founding executive director of the Fair Trade Resource Network, an independent grassroots organization focused on consumer engagement in the US fair trade movement. She also held senior positions with a multi-national NGO supporting fair trade development in Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. She is the author of “Fair Trade: A Beginner’s Guide.”
Dr. Nancy Onyango is a Kenyan accountant, businesswoman and corporate executive, who is the Director of the Office of Internal Audit and Inspection at the International Monetary Fund. She has three decades of experience in audit in over 15 countries across Africa. She has sat on several boards, worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young. She is also a gender leadership specialist and mentors women navigating corporate ladders, as well as disadvantaged girls. Dr. Onyango also served on the board of Fairtrade Africa.
Troy Pearley is the EVP and General Manager, USA of Divine Chocolate and has served on their Board of Directors. He previously worked at Godiva, Ghirardelli, Odwalla, Pepperidge Farm, and Ralston Purina. He received Sales Person of the Year award at Ghirardelli and is currently a Chocolate Council member of the National Confectioners Association (NCA).
Carlos Reynoso is the General Manager of Manos Campesinas, a coffee cooperative in Guatemala. He has held various positions representing producers.
As a labor union organizer, I know Fairtrade's labor rights standards were developed in consultation with food and agricultural unions. Our partnership with small grower cooperatives and workers builds sustainable development including stronger community democracy. Strong unions and cooperatives are essential building blocks for social justice.Tim Beaty, Former Board Chair