Board of Directors
Government Programs Executive, IBM
Molly Patrick Epstein
President, Ernest Alexander
Chief Information Officer, The Green School Alliance
Co-founder & Co-president, Global Goods Partners
Co-founder & Co-president, Global Goods Partners
Co-founder & CEO, Digital Divide Data
Managing Partner, TerraNova Strategic Partners LLC
Joan Shifrin, Co-founder & Co-president
Joan Shifrin cofounded Global Goods Partners in 2005 after serving as the director of community education and outreach at the Global Fund for Children (GFC), a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization that supports community-based education groups that expand opportunities for young people around the world. Before joining GFC in 2000, she served as project manager at Matthews Media Group, a social-marketing firm that develops and implements public education campaigns on health-related issues. Joan is a former marketing manager for an international financial-services division of Citicorp, Inc. She received an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Joan lives in Washington DC with her husband and two daughters. firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Shimony, Co-founder & Co-president
Catherine Leiber Shimony is the cofounder of Global Goods Partners and the former director of international programs at American Jewish World Service (AJWS) where she oversaw more than 140 projects within grassroots community-based organizations in 41 countries. Prior to her work with AJWS, Catherine was a United Nations Development Programme consultant, assessing economic programs in sub-Saharan Africa. She served as a consultant to the Americas Society and Council of the Americas and was their senior director of programs for seven years. Catherine was the senior program director for the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and an associate with the international headquarters of the YMCA. Catherine is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a commissioner for the Women's Refugee Commission and a board member for the Brotherhood-SisterSol. She received an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Catherine lives in New York City with her husband, son, and daughter.
Linda Barnett, Director of Corporate Programs
Linda Barnett coordinates Global Goods Partner's school programs. She has more than 13 years of private sector sales and marketing experience. As a Director of Client Relations at The American Express Company, she helped develop an innovative Employee Financial Planning program, which was put into place in many Fortune 500 companies. Later she was Director of Sales and Marketing for Technimetrics, a New York based information services company where she worked both domestically and internationally with large corporations on their information and systems needs.
Kelly Jackson, Marketing & Sales Manager
Kelly Jackson joined the Global Goods Partners team in 2012 and heads all marketing, social media, and wholesale outreach as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator. Her interest in craft as a means of economic development was sparked during her travels around the world. She is an avid traveler, having visited more than 30 countries in five years. Kelly has volunteered around the world teaching English and as a caretaker at an elephant reserve. She studied bioscience and technology in college, but realized during her travels that her heart lay in craft-based income generation opportunities.
Camille Kafati, Operations and Production Associate
Camille Kafati assists with inventory and order management. A Honduran native, she moved to New York in 2009 to attend Barnard College of Columbia University where she majored in Political Science and took several courses on social entrepreneurship. In her senior year she spearheaded a social action project aimed at promoting local Honduran pottery both at home and in NYC. Prior to Global Goods, Camille interned at South-South News, a media platform that seeks to advance the implementation of the UN Millennium Development Goals through the sharing of positive news and good practices in the area of South-South cooperation. She has worked and studied in a number of countries and gained exposure to different cultures, speaking three languages. Ultimately she hopes to develop artisan communities in Honduras and in neighboring countries by empowering women and supporting their craft enterprises.
Johanna Teeri, Operations Director
Johanna Teeri is responsible for ensuring that all operations function smoothly and effectively. She became conscious of social justice issues when growing up in Finland, and started volunteering on a fair trade sail boat, Estelle, as well as abroad. Traveling in Africa and South America inspired her to study economic development and poverty alleviation. She received a B.A. in International Relations from Hunter College, CUNY, and M.S. in Global Affairs from NYU. Johanna first became involved with GGP in 2010 through our fair trade school fundraiser that she implemented at her kids’ school in the East Village. She is passionate about handmade home décor and loves to combine traditional craft techniques with contemporary design.
Jenn Wong, Production and Design Manager
Jennifer Wong manages all production processes, in addition to design and product development for Global Good Partners. Jennifer began her career in fashion, merchandising and e-commerce before assuming design responsibilities for a private label clothing manufacturer. Prior to joining GGP, Jennifer was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Morocco, where she focused on the small business development sector, providing greater market access and crucial business skills to female artisans practicing traditional crafts. The experience of working beside talented women facing socioeconomic and cultural hurdles provided Jennifer with the inspiration to commit herself further to the fair trade movement. She is an avid traveler, enjoys great food, cycling, and uncovering vintage gems in thrift store racks. Jennifer received a BS in business administration and marketing from San Francisco University and an AA in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.