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Fair Trade USA Welcomes Pamela Hartigan to Board of Directors

OAKLAND, Calif. (September 21, 2012) – Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, today announced that Pamela Hartigan, Director of the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, has been elected to the non-profit organization’s Board of Directors. Pamela will join the ranks of eleven other individuals from a range of diverse constituencies, including NGO’s, producer groups and industry.

Throughout her career, Dr. Hartigan has held numerous leadership positions in academia, the non-profit sector, and public health. In addition to being named the first Managing Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in 2000, Pamela also ran the Department of Health Promotion at the World Health Organization (1999-2001), and was Programme Manager and Area Coordinator for Applied Field Research in the Special Programme on Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) of the World Bank, WHO, and UNDP (1997-1999). Additionally, between 1990 and 1997, she worked in WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), as Chief of the Gender, Health and Development, and Manager for Special Initiative in the HIV/AIDS Programme.

“We are honored to have Dr. Hartigan join our Board of Directors,” said Paul Rice, President & CEO of Fair Trade USA. “Since its inception, Fair Trade USA has sought to incorporate the collective wisdom and constructive feedback of its diverse constituencies into the governance and strategic direction of the organization. We believe that Pamela’s experience and expertise will be instrumental as Fair Trade USA works to deliver more impact to more farming communities around the world.”

After spending the first 17 years of her life Latin America, Dr. Hartigan went on to graduate from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She also holds a Masters degree in International Economics, a Masters in Education, and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology. In addition to her current work with the Skoll Centre, Pamela is a frequent lecturer on social innovation and entrepreneurship at graduate schools of business in the USA, Europe and Asia, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia School of Business in New York City.

“I have deep respect for Fair Trade USA and its leadership, and admire the organization’s efforts to challenge the status quo and innovate the Fair Trade model.” said Dr. Hartigan. “It’s an exciting time in the world of certification; I look forward to being part of it.”