Our Team

Founding Director

Ilana Schatz Ilana Schatz lives in El Cerrito, CA and is the Founding Director of Fair Trade Judaica. Ilana previously was the founding director of the Volunteer Action Center of the Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay, where she spearheaded multiple social justice initiatives. She is currently a board member with the Northern California Community Loan Fund, and is a lay Spiritual Leader at Kehilla Community Synagogue.

Advisory Board

Sue Bachman Sue Bachman lives in Oakland, CA and is a past board member of Women of Reform Judaism. She is past President of Oakland’s Temple Sinai and past chair of the Volunteer Action Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater East Bay. She also served on the Jewish Federation of the East Bay’s Executive Board and as a co-chair of the Joint Grants Committee.
Lisa Chanoff Lisa Kleiner Chanoff is co-founder of Catapult Film Fund, which provides development grants for documentary filmmakers,  helping important and moving documentary film projects get off the ground. Lisa is an investor and philanthropist with a long history of involvement in education and the arts, health and poverty issues. Lisa’s passion for early venture support has led to crucial first funding of projects, including a school for girls and community center in the Kibera slum of Nairobi. Lisa has a J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law and practiced law in San Francisco and the U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division in Washington D.C. After leaving law practice, Lisa received a master’s degree in Museum Studies and worked with museums in the San Francisco bay area designing exhibitions and education programs.
Sandy Curtis Sandy Curtis is President of XenoQuest Media, a specialty film company which recently co-produced a science education/public outreach series of interstitials with NASA featuring research in astrobiology.  After many years in entertainment, she led international marketing and communications for d.light design, which develops portable solar lanterns for the developing world.  Sandra is a Wexner alumna and has served on many Jewish community boards in the San Francisco Bay Area including the New Israel Fund and the Volunteer Action Center of the Jewish Federation of Greater East Bay.  A former Berkeley City Commissioner, she remains active with a number of conservation and science museum boards.
Abby Edelman Abby Edelman lives in New Jersey and is currently Product Manager, Africa, Middle East and Pakistan at Western Union. She previously served as the Director of Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Online Store. Abby founded the El Salvador Fair Trade Menorah Project, and was a Jeremiah Fellow with Progressive Jewish Alliance in 2008. Abby is also a Board Member of the Middle East Peace Dialogue Network (MEPDN) and a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.
Andy Greenberg Andy Greenberg lives in San Francisco, CA. She is an attorney and jewelry designer. She has served as co-chair and chair of the Brandeis Hillel Day School Arts Committee, has been active on many other school and synagogue committees, and has co-chaired the artisans area for the Israel in the Gardens annual festival for many years.
David Lingren David Lingren lives in El Cerrito, CA and has been a Computer development professional for 30 years. He currently serves as Fair Trade Judaica’s Chief Technology Maven. He previously was a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University’s West Coast Campus, a Board Member of the Andrew Carnegie Society of Carnegie Mellon University, and a Board member of Emeryville Taiko Dojo.
Dara Mattes Darya Mattes lives in Boston, MA and works at Equal Exchange, the first fair trade coffee company in the US, where she helps to coordinate an interfaith program that connects congregations to fair trade. Through her work at Equal Exchange, she is also a member of the Fair Trade Boston coalition. Previously, she worked for Jews United for Justice in Washington, DC, where she organized the Jewish community around local social justice issues.
Jonathan Rosenthal Jonathan Rosenthal lives in Watertown, MA and is currently an independent consultant creating and managing projects in the global fair trade community. Current and former clients include Divine Chocolate, Oxfam America, TransFair USA, Rainforest Alliance, and SERRV. He is an emeritus board member of Root Capital and informal advisor to numerous fair trade organizations and companies. Jonathan was the co-founder and former Executive Director of Equal Exchange and co-founder and former CEO of Oke USA.
Perry Teicher Perry Teicher lives in Ann Arbor, MI. He is pursuing a JD/MBA at the University of Michigan Law School and the Ross School of Business focused on social finance and social impact, exploring impact investment strategies linked to local community development. Perry serves as the Director of the Urban Revitalization Investment Circle on the University of Michigan Social Venture Fund and President of Detroit Nation. He also sits on the JDC Entwine National Steering Committee. Perry is part of the ROI community and is a 2013 Ariane de Rothschild Fellow. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan, from 2007-2009.
Zak Zaidman Zak Zaidman lives in Los Angeles, and is the co-founder and CEO of Kopali Organics, a brand of incredibly luscious dark chocolate and fruit treats crafted entirely at the point-of-origin of the cacao, and also certified organic and fair trade. Raised in Mexico City, Zak’s fascination with philosophy and science led him first to a Cognitive NSF fellowship at UC Berkeley. Following that, Zak founded Gravity, a virtual reality software company with clients including IBM, Disney, and Intel.