Katherine Bissell Cordova

Executive Director, Chicago Fair Trade

Katherine Bissell Córdova has served as Executive Director of Chicago Fair Trade since 2014, having worked many years in the social justice movement, working for human rights, immigrant rights, and worker rights organizations. Katherine got her start in fair trade by opening Greenheart, a fair trade shop, in Chicago in 2007. Prior to that, Katherine served as the Executive Director of ARISE Chicago, an organization that partners with low-wage immigrant workers as they organize for improvements in the workplace, established a field office for GreenWood Alliance in Honduras, served as a human rights defender in Guatemala with Peace Brigades International, and worked at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors for Torture in Chicago. Katherine served as Co-Chair of Fair Trade Campaign’s National Fair Trade Towns’ Steering Committee. She is fluent in Spanish. She lives in Chicago with her two children, Sofia and Mateo.

Katherine is speaking at

Expand & Engage: Workshop Session
March 19, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm



An effective fundraising strategy can help your fair trade campaign or organization grow leaps and bounds. In this workshop, Fair Trade Los Angeles and Chicago Fair Trade directors share what fundraising has allowed them to accomplish. The seasoned fundraiser who trained both organizations on direct ask fundraisers will also be on hand to explain how to build a team who will help you raise money, tackle your fears, and create a culture of fundraising to strengthen your fair trade advocacy and ensure that your campaign or organization is sustainable. 

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