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Ruskin Hartley

Vice President, Fair Trade USA

Biography

Ruskin has 20 years of non-profit leadership and management experience and a proven track record of executing strategic resource development programs to advance social justice and environmental protection. He joined Fair Trade USA in 2016 to spearhead its strategic philanthropy programs that seek to innovate the fair trade model and expand it to more of the working poor around the world.

Born in the United Kingdom, Ruskin has worked in Britain, Kuwait, Oman and the United States on a range of environmental issues. He served as Executive Director of the San Francisco-based Save the Redwoods League, one of the Nation’s oldest conservation groups. Under his leadership the organization raised $100 million in public and private funds to advance protection and restoration of the redwoods, and launched the ground-breaking Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative. While serving as President of Heal the Bay – southern California’s leading environmental advocacy organization – he secured passage of the nation’s first state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags.

A graduate of Cambridge University, Ruskin lives with his wife and three sons in the Bay Area. In his spare-time he works on making his local community more livable and sustainable by serving on his local Planning Commission.