About Us

Meet The Team -

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.”