Green Festival Speakers
Jeff Goldman, Executive Director, joined FTRN in January 2009. He has fortunately received directions, cultural insights, and genuine kindness from countless locals while working & backpacking in 54 countries across six continents. Just prior to joining FTRN, he served as Executive Director of Mango Tree, a socially responsible business designing & producing low-literacy communication materials in Uganda. He was first introduced to Fair Trade while working as a Membership & Development Coordinator at Co-op America (now Green America). He has led service learning & personal growth trips for groups of secondary school students to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cuba, Thailand, Australia, and Hawaii. He taught English in China, environmental science in Bolivia, and social studies at two Washington, DC high schools. For five years he led experiential education programs for students at Close Up in Washington, DC, by guiding week-long government & politics education tours. He earned an M.S. in Energy and Environmental Policy from MIT, and a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. He loves health food, digital photography, playing tennis & adventuring in nature.