Welcome to Ten Thousand Villages of Austin!
As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.
Jenna Gallagher- Volunteer Coordinator
Jenna comes to Ten Thousand Villages of Austin with 10 years experience in nonprofits and experience in education, retail, and volunteer training.
Evan Schmeidehaus- Retail Coordinator
Evan worked at Whole Foods Market for 22 years in various leadership roles. In 2015 he founded Grow Flourish Lead, a firm dedicated to advancing positive leadership and flourishing organizations.
We are currently looking for someone to fill the position of Executive Store Manager at our store. Apply by clicking on the link provided!
Board of Directors
• Joanie Cooksey- President
• Sarah Schmidt- Treasurer
• Alan Vondrell- Member
• Doug Irving- Member
• Paige Mercer- Member
• Penny Schmidt- Member
• Sarah Orozco- Member
• Taja Beekley- Member
• Jessica Baldwin- Member
• Dulari Ghandi- Member
• Kalani Hawks- Member