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.”