Via Etsy News Blog:
After hearing directly from our sellers about their need for greater support, we’re excited to announce the creation of the Etsy Manufacturing Advisory Board, which met for the first time during the Re-Imagine Manufacturing summit. Composed of eight experts with diverse experience from the non-profit, academic, and business worlds, the board will advise us as we process the ideas from the summit and work to create an Etsy Economy. They’ll help us understand best practices without being limited by existing solutions and push us to have the biggest influence possible. Each expert was chosen because they align with our values, has a proven track record of innovating in the manufacturing space, and has a genuine desire to help our seller community thrive.
Meet the Board:
Alexandra Ferguson — Owner, Alexandra Ferguson
Alexandra is a successful Etsy seller who created a small factory to handle her own production and produce for others in Industry City, Brooklyn.
Susan Matteucci — Executive Director, Southwest Creations
Susan leads Southwest Creations, a social venture that does contract manufacturing out of Albuquerque, NM, and is setting an industry standard on small-batch, responsible production.
Adam Friedman — Executive Director, Pratt Center for Community Development
Adam works with local communities and individual manufacturers to promote sustainable practices, affordable space and local purchasing.
Michael Mandel — Economist, Progressive Policy Institute
Michael is an economist who studies and researches the economic impact of the maker economy.
Denise Taschereau — CEO and Co-Founder, Fairware
Denise leads FairWare, which helps companies source, create, and evaluate responsibly-made promotional goods.
Bridget Russo — Marketing Director, Shinola
Bridget creates marketing campaigns for “Built in Detroit” brand Shinola that powerfully convey the importance of manufacturing to help re-build a city and create community.
Heather Franzese — Executive Director, Good World Solutions
Heather leads the social enterprise behind Labor Link, an award-winning mobile technology platform that improves factory conditions by enabling workers to give direct feedback.