Green Festival Speakers

Katie Selma


Katie Selma is taking the “think globally, eat locally” concept and changing her community. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, a bustling region a few minutes south of Washington, DC, at a young age Katie and her younger sister had been introduced to a diverse array of international cuisine from the Mediterranean, Sweden, Latin America and, of course, West Indian dishes passed down from her Jamaican great-grandparents. With her natural born appetite for exploration and adventure, in 2008, Katie set her sights on to journey off from the East and head to San Francisco to complete her degree in Marketing. While her alma mater of San Francisco State University taught her the ins and outs of statistics, accounting and international relations, it was not until her Senior internship at Fair Trade USA, did she get a genuine education on the harsh realities of exploitive globalization and a new outlook on economics. With the unique opportunity to assist the Public Relations Department in promoting campaigns that would impact not only consumers, but also the producing farmers of crops and products all over the world. As her semester at Fair Trade USA came to an end, something sparked her interest in bringing Fair Trade and food justice awareness to her new home in Oakland. The Fair Trade Towns campaigns had presented itself as a fun way to involve herself in the community and share what she had learned at Fair Trade others in her community. Today Katie leads the campaign of Fair Trade Oakland with a team of socially conscious entrepreneurs, college students and volunteers that want to make their town the next Fair Trade Town! Embarking on a new endeavor to join the local food movement, Selma is teaming with farmers, bakers and local fashion designers to create an innovative business in Downtown Oakland. Due to open in February 2012 Amorpour the Lovebar, her cafe-boutique will specialize in local and Fair Trade Certified food products and sustainable apparel boutique.