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Sakshi Pathania

Sakshi Pathania

Sakshi Pathania comes from a background in media and communications. She is currently pursuing internship with Global Exchange. She writes interesting pieces on Fair Trade and contributes in building people to people ties through her dedication and enthusiasm. Networking and traveling are her favorite hobbies.

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Admin

Admin

When you see the blog author "Admin" listed who (or what) do you picture? In case you're wondering, Admin refers to our communications team. Usually blog posts written by "Admin" mean that the post was a group effort, a collaboration, if you will. Consider the mystery solved! And if you'd like to contact the elusive Admin bloggers, email communications(at)globalexchange.org.

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Derek Poppert

Derek Poppert

Derek Poppert is the Director of Latin America and World Reality Tours at Global Exchange. He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and Europe, spending time in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Costa Rica, and the majority of Western Europe. He found a particular affinity for the country and people of Brazil, and lived in Rio de Janeiro for four months during 2013. Prior to joining Global Exchange, Derek played professional baseball in the Seattle Mariners minor league system. He walked away from his professional baseball career in order to travel and pursue a career in international affairs. Derek has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of San Francisco with a double minor in Latin American Studies and Psychology, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

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Ted Lewis

Ted Lewis

Ted Lewis has worked with Mexican Human Rights and Democracy organizations for two decades. He led hundreds of international observers covering eight Mexican Presidential and regional elections since 1994. He also organized hundreds of international volunteers that accompanied Mexican human rights observers and communities threatened by Army and paramilitary actions. He coordinated the publication of Always Near, Always Far: The Armed Forces in Mexico, a groundbreaking publication that gave a platform to dissident generals from Mexico's Army as well as critical voices from Mexican civil society. Since 2006, Ted has led a project to highlight the causes of economic conditions in Mexico drive excessive migration and disadvantage workers throughout North America. In 2008, he edited The Right to Stay Home: Alternatives to Mass Displacement and Forced Migration in North America, a collection of essays critiquing both Mexican and U.S. economic and immigration policies. Currently he is organizing an international civil society observation of the 2010 election process in Colombia.

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Shannon Biggs

Shannon Biggs

Shannon Biggs directs the Community Rights organizing program at Global Exchange, assisting communities confronted by corporate (and State) harms to organize in a new way—by passing cutting edge laws that place their rights above the claimed “rights” of corporations (also called rights-based organizing). She is the co-author of two recent books: The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth and Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots (Polipoint Press, Fall 2007). She is also a national lecturer of Democracy Schools, which teach this new organizing model. Previously, she was a senior staffer and editor at the International Forum on Globalization, and a lecturer of International Relations at San Francisco State University. She holds a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics (LSE): Economics/Empire & Post Colonialism.

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Carleen Pickard

Carleen Pickard

Carleen Pickard is the Managing Director of Global Exchange. She holds a MA in Anthropology and Development from the University of Sussex, UK, and has worked in social justice organizations in London, UK, Chiapas, Mexico, San Francisco, CA, Vancouver, BC and Ottawa, ON prior to returning to San Francisco (again) in 2010. She refers to documentaries constantly and will watch one with you, anytime.

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Zarah Patriana

Zarah Patriana

Zarah Patriana has worked as the Operations Manager of the Global Exchange Fair Trade Online Store and currently works as Global Exchange's Online Communications Manager. She has been a Fair Trade advocate for several years and in the past has written about Fair Trade for Change.org and the Fair Trade Resource Network. On occasion, you can spot her around town dressed up as a Fair Trade Certified banana, you know, just because.

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Kirsten Moller

Kirsten Moller

Kirsten Moller transitioned out of her role as Executive Director of Global Exchange on Oct 1, 2011 and is now enthusiastically embracing her new job as the Director of Organizing. In this new role she works with campaigners to engage members across the country. She is most inspired by the direct actions of ordinary folks who come to believe, to know, that they can make a difference when they connect directly with their neighbors in their own communities and around the world. She believes whole-heartedly that we all can resist injustice, envision alternatives and take action together.

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Rebekah Olstad

Rebekah Olstad

Rebekah Olstad is the Cuba Custom Reality Tours Director at Global Exchange. Originally from the Boulder, Colorado area, Rebekah has worked in experiential education as an outdoor and international trip leader. She has lived in Cuba as a student researcher, and completed a senior thesis examining issues of isolation, connection, and travel/emigration in post-revolutionary Cuba. Rebekah is pleased to be coordinating intelligent and respectful trips to Cuba for Global Exchange.

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Corey Hill

Corey Hill

After a decade spent working in the private sector, Corey decided to switch tracks, choosing to focus on making a positive difference in the world. This decision eventually led to a position in the development department at Global Exchange. Corey was drawn to Global Exchange because of the range of issues addressed and the passion of the entire team. In addition to his work with Global Exchange, Corey is also a freelance writer and magazine editor.

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Tex Dworkin

Tex Dworkin

Tex runs Do Good Biz, providing content and marketing support to socially responsible businesses and organizations. Tex Dworkin previously served as the Director of Social Media for Global Exchange and before that, Tex was the Global Exchange Online Fair Trade Store Manager. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Thought and Political Economy from UMass in Amherst, and over 20 years of communications and marketing experience. Tex has traveled to many parts of the world on direct buying trips, delegations, and educational speaking tours, meeting with artisans and students, vendors and producers. Tex is passionate about helping and encouraging those involved in socially responsible business to achieve success. Her work in Fair Trade, e-commerce, and cause-based marketing continues to inspire her to work on expanding the socially responsible business movement. She can be reached at tex at dogoodbiz dot com.

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Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin

Medea Benjamin is Co-founder of Global Exchange and Code Pink. For over twenty years, Medea has supported human rights and social justice struggles around the world. She is a leading activist in the peace movement and helped bring together the groups forming the coalition United for Peace and Justice (see www.unitedforpeace.org ). She is also the Co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace, a women's group that has been organizing creative actions against the war and occupation of Iraq. CODEPINK is pushing for a reorientation of budget priorities in the US to focus on heath care, education and housing, not war. Code Pink now has over 250 chapters throughout the United States (see www.codepinkalert.org ). 2006 saw the release of Code Pink's book, "Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism", which she co-edited with Jodie Evans. "Stop the Next War Now" is a diverse collection of essays from the peace movement's freshest, most dynamic voices, including Barbara Ehrenreich, Eve Ensler, Arianna Huffington, Alice Walker, Helen Thomas, Camilo Mejia and Jody Williams. In 2005, Medea was nominated as one of 1,000 exceptional women from around the world to receive the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the project "1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005." The project selected 1,000 exceptional women from around the globe to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize collectively, representing the many anonymous women who work for peace, justice, human rights, security and education worldwide. In 2006, Medea and other members of CODEPINK organized an Iraqi women's delegation for International Women's Day, March 8. They brought six Iraqi women ~ Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurd ~ to New York and Washington D.C., took them to the streets and the stage, the halls of Congress and the United Nations. They lobbied Senators and Congresspeople, met with NGOs and think tanks, and delivered a petition calling for an end to the war with over 100,000 signatures from people around the world. The women traveled with Iraq war vets, grieving military moms, and a former diplomat and army colonel who resigned because of the war, and later embarked on nationwide speaking tours. Medea has traveled several times to Iraq and helped establish the Occupation Watch International Center in Baghdad. The center monitored the military occupation forces and foreign corporations, hosts international delegations, and kept the international community updated about the occupation forces' activities through its website, (http://www.occupationwatch.org ). In early December 2003, Medea brought a delegation of military families to Iraq. (see report ). At the start of 2005, Medea returned to the region, again accompanying a delegation of US military families whose loved ones had been killed in Iraq. This delegation traveled to the Iraqi/Jordanian border to bring a shipment of humanitarian aid for distribution to the Iraqi people in Falluja and those most in need. Ever since the tragic events of 9/11, Medea has been organizing against a violent response. In 2002, Medea accompanied four Americans who lost loved ones in the September 11th terrorist attacks on a trip to Afghanistan to meet people there who lost relatives during the US bombing of Afghanistan. Their extraordinary journey received such international attention that the US Government was pressured to discuss civilian casualties and to create a compensation fund for Afghan victims. Medea's previous work has focused on improving the labor and environmental practices of US multinational corporations, and the policies of international institutions such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In September 2003, Medea was in Cancun, Mexico challenging the policies of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in November in Miami protesting the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and highlighting the coalescing of the global peace and economic justice movements. For much of 2001, Medea focused on California's energy crisis, fighting the market manipulation by the big energy companies and rate hikes that cause hardship for low-income ratepayers and small businesses. She headed a powerful coalition of consumer, environmental, union and business leaders working for clean and affordable power under public control. Medea was the Green Party candidate for US Senate from California in 2000. Her run for U.S. Senate succeeded in mobilizing thousands of Californians around platform issues such as living wage, schools-not-prisons, and universal healthcare. During the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle in December 1999, Medea's organization, Global Exchange, helped fix world attention on the need to place labor and environmental concerns over corporate profits. While critical of unfair global trade policies, Medea has promoted "fair trade" alternatives that are beneficial to both producer and consumer. She helped form a national network of retailer and wholesalers in support of fair trade and was instrumental in pressuring coffee retailers such as Starbucks to start carrying fair trade coffee. Medea is a key figure in the anti-sweatshop movement, having spearheaded campaigns against the giant sports shoe company Nike and clothing companies such as the GAP. In 1999 Medea helped expose the problem of indentured servitude among garment workers in the US territory of Saipan (the Marianas Islands), which led to a billion-dollar lawsuit against 17 US retailers. After several fact-finding visits to China, Medea co-sponsored with the International Labor Rights Fund an initiative to improve the labor and environmental practices of US multinationals in China. The ensuring Human Rights Principles for US Businesses in China have been endorsed by major companies such as Cisco, Intel, Reebok, Levi Strauss and Mattel. In 1999, San Francisco Magazine named Medea to their "Power List" as one of the "60 Players Who Rule the Bay Area." She serves on the board or advisory council of numerous organizations, including the United National Development Program, the Interhemispheric Resource Center, the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness and Green Empowerment. Medea helped build US support for the movement to oust General Suharto in Indonesia and for the right of self-determination for the people of East Timor. She supported the Peace Process between the Zapatista rebels and the Mexican government, fought to lift the embargoes against Cuba and Iraq, and was active in cutting US military aid to repressive regimes in Central America. She has been an election observer and led fact-finding delegations to dozens of countries. Medea is the author of eight books, including "Bridging the Global Gap, The Peace Corps and More," "Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism" and the award-winning book "Don't Be Afraid, Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart." She has helped produce various TV documentaries such as the anti-sweatshop video Sweating for a T-Shirt. Medea received a Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Economics from the New School for Social Research. She worked for ten years as an economist and nutritionist in Latin America and Africa for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization, the Swedish International Development Agency, and the Institute for Food and Development Policy.

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Ashley Cline

Ashley Cline

Ashley Cline the Global Exchange Development Director. She joined Global Exchange in 2004; she has been directing the Development Department since January 2009. Before joining Global Exchange, Ashley worked for Horn Relief, an organization dedicated to creating sustainable peace and development in Somalia. Ashley's outrage at the war in Afghanistan and her passion for a just, sustainable and peaceful US foreign policy brought her to Global Exchange. Ashley has a BA in Environmental Studies and Politics from the University of California Santa Cruz.

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Kevin Danaher

Kevin Danaher

Described by The New York Times as the "Paul Revere of globalization's woes," Dr. Kevin Danaher's analytical expertise, sense of humor and blunt eloquence make him an exceptionally dynamic speaker. Since co-founding Global Exchange in 1988, Dr. Danaher has spoken at hundreds of universities and for community organizations throughout the U.S. He conducts workshops on issues ranging from the dynamics of the global economy to how we can replace the power of transnational corporations with local green economy networks. A longtime critic of the so-called "free trade" agenda, Dr. Danaher explains how we can create 'grassroots globalization', empowering local communities to create sustainable local economies. Dr. Danaher is a Founder and an Executive Producer of the Green Festivals, two-day events bringing together hundreds of green economy companies, social justice and environmental organizations, speakers, live music, organic food and drink, and tens of thousands of attendees hungry for a transition to the green economy. He is also the Executive Director of the Global Citizen Center -- a permanent Green Festival. The Global Citizen Center is planned to be a downtown San Francisco building that will unite the local Green Economy in a mixed-use, multi-tenant facility featuring non-profit offices, green businesses and multi-cultural event space. Dr. Danaher has published numerous articles and is the author and/or editor of twelve books, including his latest (which he co-authored with Shannon Biggs and Jason Mark), Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots (PoliPointPress). Dr. Danaher has traveled widely in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, North America and Europe. He is familiar with the problems and prospects of economic development in diverse cultural settings. Dr. Danaher is a veteran activist and has special expertise on the following subjects: the Local Green Economy; the Two Globalizations (Elite vs. Grassroots); Policies of the World Bank; WTO and International Monetary Fund; US Foreign Policy and Activist Strategies for Creating a Sustainable World. Dr. Danaher received his doctorate in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1982. Before joining Global Exchange he was a senior analyst at Food First/the Institute for Food and Development Policy, an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, and for four years he taught in the School of Government at American University. He currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

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Kylie Nealis

Kylie Nealis

Kylie Nealis worked at Global Exchange as the assistant to the Community Rights program at Global Exchange up until January 2013, helping communities confronted by corporate (and State) harms to organize in a new way—by passing cutting edge laws that place their rights above the claimed “rights” of corporations in addition to recognizing the rights of nature to exist and thrive. She is particularly interested in this work because she believes that true democracy involves individuals in communities being able to have the ultimate voice in the decisions that affect their lives and surrounding environment, not profit-driven corporations whose origins exist many miles away. Kylie is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Community Studies and Politics.

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Hillary V Lehr

Hillary V Lehr

Hillary Violet Lehr was Global Exchange’s Elect Democracy Campaign Director up until late April 2013. Hillary now works at Causes.com as a Campaigns Manager supporting activism around Human Rights, LGBT Equality and Women’s Health & Rights. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Socio-Political Ecology and a B.A. in Anthropology where she wrote her honors thesis with advising professor Laura Nader about AgBioTech-funded research. Hillary previously worked as Rainforest Action Network's Grassroots Action Manager and was a founding member of the California Student Sustainability Coalition and also of the UC Democracy Project. Hillary has experience in organizing, facilitating, NVDA training, Indigenous solidarity, campaigning, online organizing and movement bridging.

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Brandon Knight

Brandon Knight

Former Global Exchange Midwest Freedom from Oil campaigner, Knight collaborates with youth to stop new oil developments and create clean transportation options.

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Malia Everette

Malia Everette

From 1997-2012, Malía Everette was the Director of Global Exchange's popular and rapidly expanding Reality Tours program. During her tenure at Reality Tours she has overseen the growth and development of alternative travel programs, study seminars and fact finding human rights delegations to over 45 global destinations. From the US, to Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean, Malía promotes in-depth experiential education and socially responsible travel as an alternative to the type of "sun and fun" tourism that often results in cultural homogenization and does little to benefit local communities and host economies. She has years of experience pioneering cultural and educational exchanges for other organizations, foundations, educational institutions, and families. Malía believes in the power of travel as a transformative tool for education and social change and sees how travelers have become citizen diplomats. Malía facilitates tours around the world focusing on international relations, human rights, political economy, sustainable development, women's issues and the resilience of indigenous cultures. Malía Everette has a Bachelors of Art in English Literature and a Masters of Arts in International Relations. She has written numerous articles about socially responsible travel and is a regular speaker and lecturer. Most recently she was a contributor to the The Blue Pages: A Directory of Companies Rated by Their Politics and Practices (2010) and the UNWTO’s “Religious Tourism in Asia and the Pacific” (2011). Malía is involved with many local environmental and human rights groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. She serves on the boards of the Institute of Agriculture and Food Policy (Food First), the Ethical Traveler, THRIVE-Gulu, the Respect Institute and Bay Area Green Tours. Over the past few years she has spent a lot of time supporting and building transformational advocacy delegations with organizations like the Women’s Earth Alliance and anti-human trafficking groups, like Not For Sale, ECPAT and MISSSEY. Malía also works as a consultant for established and emerging tourism companies. In 2013 joined the staff of SFSU in their Tourism and Recreation Management faculty and launched her next project Altruvistas, a business and foundation to promote transformation philanthropy in the travel industry. Perhaps most importantly, Malía is the proud mother of two intrepid, curious and very well traveled sons.

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Beth Garriott

Beth Garriott

Beth Garriott came to Global Exchange's fundraising department in April 2010 with a passion for - and background in - international social change. Upon arrival in San Francisco in 2009 (after many years in Washington, DC), she spent three months with the Skoll Foundation, landscaping the social entrepreneurship field in Africa, and also worked as a development consultant for the Cambodian Children's Fund. Prior to this, she earned a dual degree (MA/MPH) in International Development Studies and Global Health in at the George Washington University, while holding various program and fundraising roles with multiple international NGOs in Washington, DC. She worked in South Sudan with Mercy Corps from 2006-2007, and in tsunami-affected Aceh, Indonesia in 2005. She conducted her master's thesis in rural Tanzania in 2009, and after traveling extensively across the continent, she has fallen in love with Africa and plans to return many times in her life.

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Dalit Baum

Dalit Baum

Dalit Baum, Ph.D., is the founder of “Who Profits from the Occupation”, an activist research initiative of the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel. Dalit is a feminist scholar and teacher in Israel, teaching about militarism and about the global economy from a feminist perspective in the Haifa University and the Beit Berl College. In 2011 she is visiting the U.S. as an activist in residence with Global Exchange, directing a new program titled Economic Activism for Palestine, which aims to support existing divestment campaigns in the U.S. as well as help new ones through education, training, networking and the development of dedicated tools.

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Pamela Montanaro

Pamela Montanaro

Pamela Montanaro, M.S., coordinated the nation-wide "Freedom to Travel to Cuba" Campaign for six years, on behalf of Global Exchange and a network of fifty other U.S. civil liberties, human rights, humanitarian, academic, environmental, and solidarity organizations. Ms. Montanaro has twenty years of experience in Latin America solidarity movements, working first in New England for Clergy and Laity Concerned, and then on the West Coast for Global Exchange. She is the co-founder of Eco Cuba Exchange, promoting interchange between U.S. and Cuban environmental scientists, policy makers and activists. Pamela writes about the extraordinary struggles and successes of Cuba's environmental scientists in Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development and how U.S. environmentalists can support and learn from them. She posts updates, as well, on the issue of travel to Cuba, the only country in the world to which the majority of U.S. citizens are denied their constitutional right to travel.

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Scott Meloeny

Scott Meloeny

Scott Meloeny is currently the Green Economy Programs Manager for Global Exchange. His work is cemented in hands-on, front-lines, tangible solutions that will lead us to achieve a holistic, clean energy economy. He is developing "Natural Bridges," a unique national campaign that will look to create sustainable, self-sufficient community solutions while incorporating holistic mentality and life-styles. Past programs he has assisted in creating have targeted economic sectors of the clean energy economy that include; sustainable transportation, urban agriculture, ecological preservation, "green" community development and residential energy efficiency. He currently collaborates with the Energy Action Coalition as the Summer Programs Chair as well as a primary leader in Grand Aspirations’ “Summer of Solutions” national programs.

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