Katherine Bissell Cordova

Executive Director

Chicago Fair Trade

Katherine Bissell Cordova came on board as Executive Director of Chicago Fair Trade in 2014, bringing with her over 20 years of commitment to social justice, working for human rights, immigrant rights and worker rights organizations. Katherine first became involved with Chicago Fair Trade as a business member when she helped open Greenheart Shop. Prior to that, Katherine served as the Executive Director of ARISE Chicago, an organization that partners with low-wage immigrant workers as they organize for improvements in the workplace. Katherine served field director of GreenWood Alliance and opened their office in Honduras. She served as a member of Peace Brigades International in Guatemala, defending human rights activists. She worked as case management supervisor at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors for Torture and as an Immigration Representative at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago.
Katherine served as Co-Chair of Fair Trade Campaign’s National Fair Trade Towns Steering Committee. She served for four years on the Executive Committee of the Marjorie Kovler Center for Treatment of Survivors of Torture and was recipient of Casa Guatemala’s Human Rights Award. Katherine has completed several trainings including Axelson Center’s Executive Director Boot Camp, the Non-Profit Financial Management Center’s Training, Chicago Conservation Corps Leadership Training, the Executive Service Corps Interim Executive Director’s Training, Community Media Workshop Boot Camp and Midwest Academy’s Community Organizers Training. She is fluent in Spanish.