Cole Newcomb is a third-year student at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. He studies international history with a specialization in the Middle East.
He currently interns at and represents Parker Clay--a leather goods company that sources from Ethiopia's historic leather industry and employs women rescued from sex trafficking and prostitution to make the products in-country. The company provides sustainable jobs and training to these women through their partnership with an NGO in Ethiopia called Ellilta-Women at Risk.
Parker Clay seeks to provide an ethical alternative to luxury leather brands, to sustainably intervene in Ethiopia's sex industry, and, broadly, to build ethical infrastructure for Ethiopia's leather industry.
Cole is also interested in the historical narratives that inhabit cultures and the stories that contribute to and feed from conflict. He is interested in stories, fiction and non-fiction, as powerful forces in peace-buidling and conflict. He has studied multiple languages: Japanese, French, and most recently, Turkish.