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Staff Bios

Joan Shifrin
Co-founder and 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.

Catherine Shimony
Co-founder and 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 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
Sales and Marketing 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
As our newest addition to team, Camille 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 East Village. She is passionate about handmade home décor and loves to combine traditional craft techniques with contemporary design. 

Jennifer 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 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. 


Advisors

Jeremy Hockenstein
Advisor

Jeremy Hockenstein is a strategic advisor to Global Goods Partners and a strategy consultant for noprofit and private sector entities. A graduate of Harvard University, MIT Sloan School of Management, and a McKinsey & Company alumnus, Jeremy cofounded Digital Divide Data (DDD), a data entry and digitalization service company in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. DDD is an NGO that employs disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities, and abused women, and provides them with a first work experience, a stable income and skills training. As a business, DDD is building an export-oriented IT-enabled services sector in the local economy and is now the largest technology related employer in Cambodia. DDD has been recognized globally by the World Bank’s Development Marketplace Award and in Thomas Friedman’s book, ‘The World is Flat.’


Debra Marks
Board Member

Ms. Marks currently works as a Government Programs Executive on Capitol Hill with IBM in Washington, DC. Prior to joining IBM, Ms. Marks worked for 18 years at Dow Jones Newswires, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal Europe and CNBC as a chief correspondent and bureau chief in several European capitals. As a journalist, she has covered major news events, including the Persian Gulf War, the Northern Ireland Peace Process, European corporate reporting scandals, Russia’s accession to the Group of Eight (G-8), the transition to a single European currency as well as events at NATO, OPEC and the European Union. She has won several awards for journalism, created Dow Jones’ first training program for aspiring journalists and is the author of the Dow Jones style manual. Ms. Marks graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Relations in 1983 from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC and Bologna, Italy. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University in History and Political Science.


Molly Patrick
Board Member

Molly Patrick is Divisional Vice-President at Coach, Inc., where she directs merchandising for coach.com and coachfactory.com. In a previous role at Coach, Molly was Senior Director of women’s merchandising, responsible for product assortment, retail store strategy, inventory management and visual in-store merchandising. Before joining Coach, she served as the “in-house entrepreneur” of Crewcuts, J. Crew’s children’s brand, launched in 2007. Molly oversaw the concept, brand strategy and design of Crewcuts and directed the division through its first year of operations. From there, she was named Divisional Merchandise Manager of men’s apparel for J. Crew’s catalog and online store. Molly received an MBA  from the Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Virginia. 


Veronique Pittman
Board Member

Veronique Pittman is a trustee of the Rainforest Foundation US and Round Hill Hotels and Villas.  She is a partner of Rainforest Native, which imports fair trade ecological products from the Amazon rainforest, and an advisory board member of the Green Schools Alliance and Sambazon's Sustainable Acai Project. Veronique is a graphic designer, cook, and adventurer. She is Interested in indigenous rights, biodiversity conservation, green technologies, discovery learning, and women's reproductive health, rights and education. Veronique lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. 


Ivan Rebolledo
Advisor

Ivan Rebolledo is Advisor for the Americas, to Global Goods Partners. He is a managing partner of TerraNova Strategic Partners LLC, as well as president of the Bolivian-American Chamber of Commerce. He has served with the United Nations system in various capacities and countries: Office on Drugs and Crime; Department of Political Affairs; International Drug Control Programme and UNDP. He co-founded VentureMate.com, an internet start-up company that brought together entrepreneurs in search of capital and investors seeking private equity, via web-based platforms. Prior to joining the UN system, he consulted with the Inter-American Parliamentary Commission on Population and Development and was also Deputy Director, Latin American Affairs at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas. He has a graduate degree in Latin American Economic and Political Development from a joint degree program with Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and NYU's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, as well as a BA in Political Science from NYU. He has lectured and published articles on international drug policy, inter-American relations, hemispheric trade issues, Andean politics and economic development. He has appeared on the BBC, CNN International, CNN en Espanol, Radio France International, and other media outlets.



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