Innovator for Good
Virginia creates teams to solve important problems. After college she learned organic farming from subsistence coffee farmers in the Honduran mountains. Virginia worked and lived while serving in the U.S. Peace Corps hillside agriculture. After graduating from the Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts, she spent 19 years buying coffee, chocolate and tea from small farmer coops, and selling this Equal Exchange fair trade food to stores and non-profits. Now Virginia is addressing the needs of busy everyday working families. With products that use simple science to relieve the every day of chores at home with children and a touch of whimsy.
Dr. Michael Reinhardt
Dr. Michael Reinhardt is a natural inventor. During the day he puts his mechanical engineering doctorate to use analyzing energy efficiency for the state of Massachusetts, such as town skating rinks, court rooms, and universities. He has a knack for removing obstacles in the daily busy urban home & garden. Michael conceives, designs, and builds simple and helpful devices that bring relief and joy to users, amidst the hustle and bustle of family life.
Life-long Engineer and Brain
Arnold Reinhold is an independent computer consultant and author. He managed software development at Computervision Corp. and Automatix Inc, which he helped found. Mr. Reinhold is co-author of The Internet for Dummies Quick Reference and E-mail for Dummies. He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is Treasurer of the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and member of the Board of the Association for Public Transportation and the New England Folk Festival.
Strategic Systems Advisor
Ann has brought Equal Exchange from a niche brand to an international leader in the natural foods world. She graduated from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition, Agriculture, Food and Environment. With a passion to make the world a better place she has been a leader at Equal Exchange. Over her years there she has taken on complex leadership tasks that needed to get done--developing Equal Exchange's website, and building systems for food safety of imported commodities. She has knack for keeping herself and her teams -- on time, on target and on good terms! She has been a leader in Equal Exchange's growing international sourcing team. She brings her attention to detail while keeping the big picture in mind with Invent Boston.
Liane has been designing for as long as she can remember. From the early years of handcrafted birthday cards and Pearl Jam inspired t-shirts for her friends, she knew graphic design was her path. After graduating from Keene State College with a degree in Graphic Design, she spent a few years as a textile designer before finding her true calling with Equal Exchange. For more than a decade, she has helped build and craft the Equal Exchange brand reflecting the story of small farmers. She has a love for packaging design and a gift of finding wild ideas, making them inviting and accessible, and delighting the viewer with their clarity and beauty.
Rob Everts, Marketing Advisor
Rob has been moving people to make better choices with their time and purchases for his whole life. Mentored by activist Fred Ross and labor leader Cesar Chavez he was a force behind the successful grape boycotts. He took his experiences supporting American Farmworkers and brought it to the farmers of Central America and turned us into better coffee drinkers, supporting coops of organized farmers through Equal Exchange. Rob leads global teams taking complex problems and providing concrete and achievable solutions and strategies to get there. With Invent Boston Rob provides the strategy to help take a new idea and product and build a brand and distribution through the grassroots.
Sue Meehan, Operations Advisor
Sue specializes in helping entrepreneurial, early stage organizations successfully grow. She has more than 20 years of experience building strategically focused, high performing, team-oriented cultures equipped to expand quickly. Across Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Operations and Programming, Sue builds scalable infrastructures that enable operational excellence and helps teams reach their full potential in achieving organizational goals. She led the operations of Year Up from a single site, early stage organization to an award-winning national organization in 13 cities, with over 500 employees and budget of over $70 million. She is the COO of ICivics and just a great person.