Meet The Team
Board of Directors
Managing Director, Global Head of Country Risk Management and COO, Credit Risk Management, Morgan Stanley
Jackie Flanagan Pangelinan
Designer & Consultant
Former Smithsonian Folklife Festival Marketplace & Artisan Engagement Manager
Molly Patrick Epstein
President, Ernest Alexander
CEO, Threaded Tales
Chief Information Officer, The Green School Alliance
Co-founder & Co-president, Global Goods Partners
Co-founder & Co-president, Global Goods Partners
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.
Catherine Shimony, Co-founder & Co-president
Catherine Lieber 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 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 works with Global Goods Partners as an advisor, developing their school and corporate programs. She has over a decade of private sector sales and marketing experience working with Fortune 500 clients. She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Radio Foundation, a not for profit organization dedicated to the advancement of human rights through youth radio in Africa and is on the Board of Directors of the Beaverkill Mountain Club. She lives in New York with her husband, four children and two Norwich Terriers.
Stephanie Harrison, Marketing & Production Assistant
In overseeing our retail, wholesale and custom sales channels, Stephanie manages all marketing, advertising and partnerships that share GGP's mission with the world. After graduating from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, with a Bachelor of Arts in Media & International Communications, Stephanie began her career in the publishing world, managing editorial features for home magazines, and contributing to Australian city guides. Moving across the world to Brooklyn, New York, Stephanie worked as an integral part of the sales and marketing teams of Chan Luu and Sweaty Betty before joining GGP. You’ll likely find her enjoying a weekend at the park with a good book and perfecting her focaccia recipe.
Catherine (Cat) Luckenbach, Operations and Community Manager
Cat graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Drama from the Tisch School of the Arts, and a minor in Business from the Stern School of Business. What began with assisting at sales events and trade shows has blossomed into her role in overseeing multiple mission-critical functions including marketing, sales, customer care, and overseeing our products' journeys from international shipping to fulfillment. Cat is incredibly passionate about GGP’s mission, as well as the by-women-for-women environment that GGP fosters. San Francisco born and New York bred, Cat enjoys walks over both the Golden Gate and Brooklyn Bridges, and can be found scoping out good eats wherever she goes.
Alice Kutsina, Product Designer
Alice is a multidisciplinary designer, seamlessly combining her education in industrial design with product concepts that bring playfulness and innovation to GGP's assortments of felt flowers, kids' decor, toys and more. Alice graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with a BID in Industrial Design, and uses her training in UX/UI Design when building upon GGP's artisan-made collection.
Rachel Torres, Production Coordinator
Rachel graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the Tisch School of the Arts and a minor in Physics from the College of Arts and Sciences. On a lifelong journey of women's empowerment and political action, Global Goods Partners seemed to find Rachel. Rachel is thrilled to be working for GGP, where they manage fulfillment, customer relations, and inventory maintenance. Hailing from southwest Michigan, you can find Rachel exploring New York's small bookstores and hunting for the perfect full sour pickle.
Liera Rivera, Operations & Warehouse Manager
Raised in a large family of strong women, Liera is passionate about GGP's mission and focus on uplifting women artisans and entrepreneurs. Born in East New York, Brooklyn, Liera now lives in Queens with her three children: one son and two cats. In her free time, Liera fuels her love of history and animals by visiting NYC's many museums and zoos. Having worked in warehouses and fulfillment centers since she graduated high school, Liera loves the fast-paced work that warehouses provide, and the ability to give GGP customers a positive lasting image of the organization (plus her personal touch to every order.)