Joan HarperRetired Executive DirectorFair Trade LA
Joan co-founded Fair Trade LA (FTLA) in 2005 and just retired as its Executive Director. FTLA is committed to the growth of the fair trade movement in the greater Los Angeles area. Joan was active with the Justice and Peace Office of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 16 years where she promoted domestic anti-poverty and global solidarity programs, including fair trade. Joan has an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and prior work experience in the corporate sector. She has traveled to India, Thailand, Ghana, El Salvador and Honduras with Catholic Relief Services, experiencing firsthand development programs in agriculture, micro-finance, and fair trade.