About Us

Julie Montgomery

Julie Montgomery

Owner

Hi, I’m Julie. Thanks for reading this! I’m the proud owner of Kindred Fair Trade, and my passion is to promote economic opportunity for individuals in developing countries. It all began as a young teen when I traveled to Mexicali on a short church mission. My discomfort looking at the poverty was only tempered by the happy faces of the children, and by the end of the week it transformed into a strong desire to help someday. I pursued that interest through a degree in International Peace & Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the South Pacific island-nation of Vanuatu. There I worked as a small business advisor helping the villagers learn how to start small income generating projects. Now I continue hands-on work through my Rotary Club, the Santa Rosa East Rotary Club, most recently installing solar cookers at a vocational college in Uganda. But it is through Kindred that I am able to have a much bigger impact on ending global poverty. Each sale is supporting someone’s life: the ability to send their children to school, access to clean water, education and training, freedom from oppression, and providing hope. Thank you for joining us in making the world a better place through fair and ethical commerce. It means the world to me, literally.

When I’m not working or traveling, I like to run and bike, eat at all the amazing restaurants we have here in Sonoma County (Seriously, if you don’t live around here you should come out for a visit. I’ll take you to all my favorites!). I enjoy hanging out with family, wine tasting, going to San Francisco Giants games, and watching my guilty pleasure TV shows, Project Runway and Chopped…and I don’t even like to sew or cook.

I owe everything to my sweetheart, Todd, who supports me in everything and in all ways. I’m a lucky girl, for sure.

Feel free to reach out or come by the store. I’d love to meet you!”

Madeleine

Madeleine

Hi, I’m Madeline.  I’ve been with Kindred Fair Trade since 2013 and have loved every minute of it!  It is truly special to be able to work somewhere that is focused on helping artisans around the world, as well as our own local community. You may also recognize me from the Sebastopol Regional Library where I work as a Library Aide (that’s a fancy term for book shelver!)  I enjoy reading and learning, and pride myself in knowing the background and origin of every craft in our lovely little store.  Every one of our crafts has a special story, come in so I can share that story with you!

Andi

Andi

Hi, I’m Andi! I am a psychology student at SRJC and just recently a Reiki I student! I have been a part of the Kindred team for about a year and a half now, and couldn’t be more grateful to work here (and for all of the lovely human beings I work with)!  I am grateful and honored to be a part of a local business dedicated to helping shift our world into one that supports ethical and sustainable production methods. It’s very important to me that we are conscious of the values and practices that our purchases support- and that people’s wellbeing and environmental welfare are the highest priorities- not profit; and Kindred’s values are just that. I love learning about the traditions and crafts of so many beautiful cultures around the world, and knowing that we are a small part in helping create a more mindful, sustainable, and diverse global community!

Jesica

Jesica

I am a recent graduate of Sonoma State University, and a lover of all things wild and natural. I hold the protection of the earth and all of its beings very close to my heart. When I am not at Kindred, I am most likely outside looking for flowers. I am also a Bilingual field specialist for an environmental non-profit known as LandPaths. My parents immigrated to the United States in order to escape poverty. From an early age, I became aware of global disparities, and how they shape the lives of real people. Through fair trade work, I am able to honor my own family and families all over the world. Every day, I look for ways to think globally and act locally. Kindred is the perfect place to make that happen!