Textile Exchange Team

Senior Advisory Team

  • Ashley Gill
    Senior Manager of Industry Integrity
    Austin, Texas, USA
    Ashley Gill
    Senior Manager of Industry Integrity

    Ashley Gill has been with Textile Exchange since 2010. She works in the Industry Integrity TEam to develop and manage the TE-owned standards and to align the industry in issues dealing with verification of product claims related to sustainability. Ashley leads the International Working Groups for the recycled standards (RCS and GRS) and the Responsible Down Standard. She is responsible for Textile Exchange’s Standard Setting Policies, and she also does key outreach to support companies in their understanding and adoption of the standards.

  • Anne Gillespie
    Director of Industry Integrity
    Chelsea, Quebec
    Anne Gillespie
    Director of Industry Integrity

    Anne is the Director of Industry Integrity for TE. She has worked on standard development, training and education on certification and transparency and is collaborating with other organizations and experts to continually increase the organic integrity of the cotton industry. She has over 15 years of experience working with retail, including 10 years as a product manager at Mountain Equipment Co-op where she converted their cotton program to organic. In 2005, she co-founded Continuum Textiles, a sales agency representing socially and environmentally responsible textile products.

  • Sevilla Granger
    Project and Program Strategist
    San Francisco, California, USA
    Sevilla Granger
    Project and Program Strategist
    Sevilla Granger has worked extensively in various aspects of the sustainable textile and creative fields in the US and Europe and has served on various international working groups such as the Sustainable Textiles Coalition and the Responsible Wool, Down and Leather Working Groups. Her commitment to sustainable textiles sprang from her undergraduate work at North Carolina State University, well known for its Textile program, where she received her degree in Environmental Design with a minor in Textiles. Her professional engagement with advancing sustainability in the industry gained traction during her work at William Sonoma and Gap, Inc. It was further refined with leading US home textile brand Coyuchi, where she lead the team to be the first GOTS certified home textiles brand, as well as achieving Fair Trade certification.
  • Céleste Lilore
    Director of Industry Engagement
    New York
    Céleste Lilore
    Director of Industry Engagement

    I’m an insatiably curious lifelong learner and a whirling dervish hula hoop phenom. I’m passionate about community, partnership, provenance, ethics, and timeless style. Through stories, I delight in making the complex simple. There’s nothing I like better than connecting in person, good old-fashioned “teeth and eyes time.”

    My first job (not including babysitting and waitressing) was as the receptionist at Chanel HQ in Paris. It ignited my love affair with both product and fashion while elevating my commitment to service.

    Since then, I’ve been….

    • Marketing and Community Director and Entrepreneur in Residence, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
    • Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator
    • Regional Director, Green Festival –New York
    • Co-Founder and EcoPreneur, RESTORE Clothing
    • Co-Founder, NOCHAIRS, Inc.
    • Founding Member, Save The Garment Center
  • La Rhea Pepper
    Managing Director
    Lander, Wyoming, USA
    La Rhea Pepper
    Managing Director

    La Rhea has an extensive background in the organic cotton agricultural sector as well as management and marketing. She is a 5th generation cotton farmer in Texas and her farm has been certified organic since 1991. She completed her BS in Education at Abilene Christian University in 1979 and Master of Business – Organizational Leadership in 2016. La Rhea was one of the co-founders of Organic Exchange and served as Chair of the Board until 2005 and then joined the Management TEam with the Exchange.

  • Evonne Tan
    Data Management & China Strategy Director
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
    Evonne Tan
    Data Management & China Strategy Director

    Evonne spent the past 20 years improving data and reporting for companies around the world. From a manufacturing background, she moved on to consultancy with PwC and IBM, project management with Wessex Water before settling into the sustainability sector with CSR Consultancy. A graphic designer on the side, Evonne is passionate about data visualization and using data to tell a story. 

    Evonne started working with Textile Exchange in 2009, leading on data collection, analytics, reporting and consumer engagement. Currently, the Director of Data Management and China Strategy, Evonne holds two different portfolios in the company: one that focuses on creating value from data for textile sustainability and another to promote sustainable fiber and materials growth in the Chinese market. 

  • Liesl Truscott
    European & Materials Strategy Director
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Liesl Truscott
    European & Materials Strategy Director

    Liesl Truscott is European and Materials Strategy Director with responsibility for developing and embedding Textile Exchange’s preferred materials program. Liesl has specialized in organic cotton and has a deep knowledge of the sector. With a first class degree in Environmental Management from the University of Newcastle in Australia, she has spent over twenty years in the fields of corporate social responsibility, occupational health and safety, and environmental management – working in both the private and public sector.

  • Lee Tyler
    Senior Manager of Standards Assurance
    Arlington, Texas, USA
    Lee Tyler
    Senior Manager of Standards Assurance

    Lee has been with Textile Exchange since 2008 and is primarily responsible for the consistent application of Textile Exchange standards by certified sites and certification bodies. This includes creating and maintaining an accreditation process, coordinating working groups, as well as providing guidance on the standards. He is also directly involved in the development and revision of standards and their supporting documentation. Additionally, Lee supports the financial and operational aspects of Textile Exchange. He holds a Master’s in Entrepreneurship, a Bachelor’s in Management, and a minor in Spanish from Texas Tech University.

  • Donna Worley
    Director of Marketing Communications & Public Relations
    Lubbock, Texas, USA
    Donna Worley
    Director of Marketing Communications & Public Relations

    Donna leads Textile Exchange’s Marketing Communications team to ensure all focus areas within the organization receive a high level of visibility through innovative strategies involving internal and external communication, branding, marketing and public relations. In addition to this, Donna is also responsible for the oversight of TE’s global events to create greater visibility for TE and to provide a space for industry engagement. Prior to joining TE, Donna worked in Development and Public Relations for a higher education institution from which she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

  • Ryan Young
    Chief Operating Officer
    San Francisco, CA
    Ryan Young
    Chief Operating Officer

    At Textile Exchange, Ryan focuses on strategy and operations as well as program development.  For strategy and operations, he ensures that TE’s work is well-aligned, well-coordinated, and focused on achieving TE’s mission and long term goals.  For program development, Ryan drives projects that support and enable TE’s strategy and platforms.  Prior to joining TE, Ryan led the development of the Higg Index 1.0 and 2.0 at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.  He has also consulted on sustainability to leading apparel brands and retailers, as well as to sustainability-related mutli-stakeholder organizations.  Ryan started his sustainability career at Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting in 2008; prior to this, he developed a strong track record in general strategy and management consulting.  Ryan has a B.A. in economics from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. in strategic management and marketing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Team Members

  • Lisa Barsley
    Materials Platform Coordinator
    London, United Kingdom
    Lisa Barsley
    Materials Platform Coordinator

    Lisa joined Textile Exchange in 2014.  As Materials Platform Coordinator, Lisa supports the delivery of Textile Exchange’s Materials Strategy, including the production of TE’s annual market reports and coordination of the Organic Cotton Round Table, amongst other responsibilities.  Lisa has a BSc in International Development from the University of East Anglia and joined Textile Exchange after an internship with the UK’s Soil Association researching organic cotton and food security.

  • Phil Bettany
    Graphic Designer
    London, United Kingdom
    Phil Bettany
    Graphic Designer
    Phil started working with Textile Exchange in 2018, providing graphic design support for several key publications, namely the Organic Cotton and Preferred Fiber & Materials Market Reports, and the Corporate Fiber & Materials Benchmark. Phil joined the Textile Exchange team full time in January 2019, working under the Marketing Communications Director. Phil provides graphic design, creative and website support to the team, acting as the guardian of the Textile Exchange brand, and encouraging high standards of presentation across all aspects of the organisation’s communication. Phil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Kingston University, London, and previously worked at the sustainable fashion consultancy MADE-BY between 2010 and 2018.
  • Taylor Bittenbender
    Membership Coordinator
    New York City, New York, USA
    Taylor Bittenbender
    Membership Coordinator

    Taylor joined Textile Exchange first as a membership assistant in February of 2018. Since then she has worked with the membership team to execute a new customer relationship management software. In August of 2018, Taylor joined the Textile Exchange team full time as Membership Coordinator. Taylor works on enhancing membership value for current and potential members of Textile Exchange. As well, Taylor is the project manager for launching a community membership platform and assisting with the Home & Hospitality and China Strategy Working Groups. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was previously working in retail operations at Rag & Bone.

  • Val Colden
    Assurance Manager
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Val Colden
    Assurance Manager

    Val joined Textile Exchange as an expert in auditing and supply chain certification with nearly 15 years’ experience. She entered the certification world as an intern at the Forest Stewardship Council, before working with Rainforest Alliance’s certification division. At Rainforest Alliance, she developed extensive experience in auditing and certification body systems, primarily focused on the forestry, wood and paper sectors. Val then worked for Control Union, where she audited companies and standards in the forestry, textile, bioenergy and food sectors, including RDS/CCS audits.

  • Hanna Denes
    Senior Manager of Standards
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Hanna Denes
    Senior Manager of Standards

    Originally from Sweden but living in the UK, Hanna Denes has been with Textile Exchange since 2010. Hanna works as a Sustainability Specialist focusing on Integrity and Materials. Hanna has a Batchelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London, and 15 years’ experience working in environmental management and sustainable development.

  • Alice Dos Santos
    Organic Cotton Program Coordinator
    Alice Dos Santos
    Organic Cotton Program Coordinator

    Alice Dos Santos is supporting Textile Exchange’s Materials Platform Team since May 2018. She first joined Textile Exchange in 2013 for an internship in Peru during her Bachelor and participated in the Organic Cotton Round Tables in Istanbul (2013) and Hamburg (2016). She holds a MSc from Wageningen University in development and rural innovation with a minor in agroecology.  During her bachelor, she first studied agriculture sciences in France and then gained knowledge in sustainable value chain management in Wageningen. Actively seeking to help farmers and rural community to become more resilience, she has been working in the fields of organic agriculture, innovative food systems and rural development for local projects in Switzerland but also at European and international level.

  • Trini Gantner
    Project Manager
    Oakland, California
    Trini Gantner
    Project Manager

    Trini joined Textile Exchange in 2019 to lead the initial review process of the six gifted standards. Over the past couple of years, Trini played a key role in the development of fair trade standards across multiple product categories. She is an ambitious and resourceful self-starter with a diverse background and experience in project management, standards development, sustainability, research, multi-stakeholder engagement, process implementation and optimization. The apparel and textile space has always carried a special place in her heart and she is eager to co-create its future.

    Trini is inspired by the great outdoors and dreams to one of these days explore the United States on horseback. Her happy place is out on trail with family, on horseback, or in the boxing gym. A dual citizen of both Germany and the United States, Trini currently resides in Oakland, CA. She holds a BS and MS in sociology from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.

  • Amish Gosai
    South Asia Manager
    Bangalore, Karnataka, India
    Amish Gosai
    South Asia Manager

    With a Bachelor degree in Engineering  with major of Textile Technology from India and MBA in Luxury Goods and Fashion Industries from Paris, France. Amish has held various positions with Voltas, Decathlon & Agorcel Industries Ltd in India and in France. He also has work experience in textiles, sustainable agriculture and retail industry. Core strengths include sustainable sourcing of textile products & supply chain, social auditing at factories & farms, traceability tools, and quality auditing. Amish also has a large working knowledge in sustainable cotton (BCI, Organic, Recycle, Natural Color Cotton, Khaadi) sector.  He has planned and managed various projects in India, France and other countries including the initiative for Natural Color Cotton, Recycle cotton and PET project, Organic (cotton & food), Fair Trade and BCI.

    My ideology is to “Think Sustainable, save the world and help humanity.”

  • Terry Hyde
    Administrative Coordinator
    Lander, Wyoming, USA
    Terry Hyde
    Administrative Coordinator

    Terry has previously worked at Dow Corning Wright as an Executive Administrative Assistant and for State Farm where she serviced current customer accounts and generated leads for new prospects.  She joined TE in October 2012 as an Executive Assistant. She provides Board, SAT, Platform Task Forces and HR Support as well as assisting Membership and Fund Development.  She is a vital member of the Conference Team and handles registration for the event. Terry also publishes the “TE Times” monthly newsletter and is coordinating the TE effort to put systems and standard operating procedures in place.

  • Rose Johnson
    Communication Coordinator
    Lubbock, TX, USA
    Rose Johnson
    Communication Coordinator

    Rose Johnson joined Textile Exchange in May 2019 as the Communication Coordinator. She provides support to the Marketing Communications TEam, and is responsible for coordinating email communications, data protection compliance, event support, and general customer service. Rose has over 20 years’ experience in administrative healthcare, teaching higher education and professional development, and general management.

  • Nicole Lambert
    Data Analyst
    France
    Nicole Lambert
    Data Analyst

    Nicole is working primarily with the Fiber and Materials group, focusing on the annual PFM benchmark and data analysis. Nicole’s background is in environmental health and toxicology and has been working with environmental and health problematics related to industrial emissions and the use of chemicals in goods for 10 years, advising both the private and public sectors.  

  • Rita Luppino
    Communications and Event Manager
    Tucson, AZ
    Rita Luppino
    Communications and Event Manager

    Rita's background encompasses global communications, corporate responsibility and overseeing sustainability and social compliance programs for Fortune 100 apparel brands. She has a strong understanding of the apparel supply chain and brings hands-on experience working with US cotton farms and overseas textile mills and manufacturing facilities. Rita holds a Master of Science in Management and Policy Analysis from the New School in New York City and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Pace University in New York. As the Communication and Events Manager at TE, she will manage all TE events and online platforms, as well as develop cross-functional communication materials.

  • Sophia Opperskalski
    Strategy & Research Support
    Berlin, Germany
    Sophia Opperskalski
    Strategy & Research Support

    Sophia Opperskalski has almost 10 years of experience in sustainability and textiles. At Textile Exchange, she is part of the fiber and materials team. She supports the development of the market reports and the Preferred Fiber and Materials Benchmark program, amongst other responsibilities. Before joining Textile Exchange, Sophia worked for BSD Consulting where she was involved in projects on sustainability reporting, rankings and strategy. Prior to that, she has developed a B2B online platform to support designers and fashion brands in sourcing sustainable fabrics and was engaged in various further projects related to sustainability and textiles. Sophia is based in Berlin, Germany, and has a M.Sc. in Integrated Natural Resource Management from the Humboldt University in Berlin.

  • Stefanie Pokorski
    Integrity & Standards Coordinator
    Ottawa, Canada
    Stefanie Pokorski
    Integrity & Standards Coordinator

    Stefanie’s background includes working in communications and graphic design, primarily with non-profit organizations based in the U.S. and abroad. As Integrity and Standards Coordinator at TE, she provides support to the Integrity and Standards team through website management, communications, design, administrative support, and more. Originally from the U.S., Stefanie is currently based in Ottawa, Canada.

  • Simone Seisl
    Special Projects
    Freiburg, Germany
    Simone Seisl
    Special Projects

    Simone studied design and textile engineering in Austria and went for a career in the global fashion and sporting goods industry, held various positions in design, product management, marketing and buying departments, also at the headquarter of adidas. In 2008 she decided to only focus on sustainability topics within the industry, first working as a consultant at the Dutch NGO Made-by, then as head of marketing and sales at Remei AG in Switzerland. She has expertise in leading CR initiatives on brand level, in supply chain transformation and integrity, product innovation and best-practise marketing and communication. Based in Freiburg, Germany, she currently works as a consultant for individual as well as multi-stakeholder projects.

  • Callie Weldon
    Standards Coordinator
    Boulder, Colorado, USA
    Callie Weldon
    Standards Coordinator

    Callie Weldon has 10 years of experience studying and working with sustainable textiles. At Textile Exchange, she is part of the Integrity Team and acts as Standards Coordinator to support the revisions process, stakeholder management, and standard benchmarking. Before joining Textile Exchange, Callie worked for EarthHero as the Sustainable Sourcing Manager for the Clothing and Accessories category. Callie is also the founder of Fair Fiber, a social start-up dedicated to creating economic mobility opportunities for small farmers in the Peruvian alpaca fiber industry. Callie holds a B.S. in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprises from Colorado State University. She is based in Boulder, Colorado.

  • Sharon Whitley
    Financial Administrator
    Lamesa, Texas, USA
    Sharon Whitley
    Financial Administrator

    Sharon is knowledgeable in QuickBooks accounting, Peachtree accounting, and Excel programs.  Her job for Textile Exchange is primarily bookkeeping - maintaining the accounting records, payroll, preparation of quarterly tax reports, bank accounts and preparations for the yearly audit.  Sharon has been involved with organic cotton since 1996 when she started with Organic Essentials, working in all areas for the business.  In 2002, she became general manager of Organic Essentials and held that position until the company sold in 2006. As general manager, her job was mainly day-to-day operations.  Sharon has been the Financial Administrator for Textile Exchange since 2006.

  • Amber Young
    Financial & Program Coordinator
    Lander, Wyoming, USA
    Amber Young
    Financial & Program Coordinator

    Amber joined TE in 2014 as the Financial & Program Coordinator.  She has experience in multiple industries including retail, hospitality, farming and real estate.  She has assisted start-ups and worked with all aspects of small businesses.  Amber graduated in 2001 from Wyoming University with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Finance and a Minor in Economics.

Ambassadors

  • Carlotta Cataldi
    Special Projects
    Barcelona, Spain
    Carlotta Cataldi
    Special Projects

    Carlotta has a Master´s degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability obtained at the Blekinge Institute of Technology of Karlskrona, Sweden. While writing her thesis on Slow Fashion, she acquired different skills and became a professional graphic recorder and a group facilitator.  Passionate about spreading awareness and knowledgeable about the best practices in the fashion industry, she also works as an educator in her community and collaborates with companies to help them identify the most efficient and rewarding path towards sustainability.

  • Brent Crossland
    Global Cotton Sustainability Advisor, Crossland Consulting
    Valencia, California, USA
    Brent Crossland
    Global Cotton Sustainability Advisor, Crossland Consulting

    Brent Crossland is the past Head of Fiber Development for Bayer and is based in Valencia, California, U.S.A. He is an independent cotton sustainability consultant and Ambassador for The Textile Exchange. 

    Brent has worked in the plant science industry for the past 37 years with experience in crop protection, product development and launch, seed production and the global textile supply chain.  He has held past positions with academia, independent consulting, product development and research and sales and marketing in the cotton industry.

    Brent was instrumental in the development of the global Certified FiberMax traceability program.  He also developed and managed the e3 Sustainable Cotton Initiative. A very well-known expert on the cotton supply chain, Brent has presented globally on sustainable initiatives to many world cotton organizations.  He is a past recipient of the Bayer CropScience Luminary award for distinguished achievement and the “You Can’t Pick Better” award for initiatives in the cotton seed business.  In addition, Brent was also awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence from Texas A&M University.

    Brent holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M University and a Master’s of Agriculture degree in Plant Science from West Texas A&M University. 

  • Atila Ertem
    Ambassador - Turkey, Egypt and Central Asia
    Izmir, Turkey
    Atila Ertem
    Ambassador - Turkey, Egypt and Central Asia

    Atilla has been an Organic Pioneer in Turkey since 1986 and started growing organic cotton in 1989.  Since then he has been somewhere in organic cotton & textile as consultant, buyer, and project expert in SEA. Atiala’s path crossed with TE in 2010 and he has been trying to help in the Turkish organic cotton & textile sector on behalf of TE as country ambassador.

  • Sandra Marquardt
    Ambassador, North America
    Sandra Marquardt
    Ambassador, North America

    Sandra Marquardt is the president of On the Mark Public Relations, which provides communications, advocacy, and research services on behalf of the organic and sustainable fiber and food sectors. Marquardt also is a special projects consultant to Textile Exchange and secretary of the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Fiber Council. Formerly, Marquardt was the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) representative in North America, serving to promote and protect the standard. She also developed and coordinated M+R Organics, a division of M+R Strategic Services focusing on organic fiber communications. Previously, she worked with the OTA and several leading environmental and organic organizations on domestic and international pesticide use policy.

  • Silvio Moraes
    Ambassador Latin America
    Port Alegre, Brazil
    Silvio Moraes
    Ambassador Latin America

    Silvio studied agronomy at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, acquiring a master's degree in soil science and microbiology.  Still in college, he met the pioneer ecologist José Lutzenberger, with whom he began his professional career and has developed numerous projects in the field of sustainability. For over 25 years he develops consulting and audit activities for organic farming projects and environmental management systems for various companies in Latin America.

  • Silvère Tovignan
    Ambassador Africa
    Abomey-Calavi, Benin
    Silvère Tovignan
    Ambassador Africa

    Silvère has been the Regional Director in Africa since 2006. Before joining Textile Exchange, he completed his PhD at Giessen University in Germany where he wrote a dissertation on “Gender perspectives in the adoption of organic cotton in Benin: a farm household modeling approach.” In Benin, he has been involved in many socioeconomic research programs tackling issues related to small scale farmers’ income and well-being. He joined OBEPAB (a Beninese NGO promoting organic farming) a member organization of the worldwide Pesticide Action Network (PAN) in 1998 where, for 4 years, he coordinated an information and training program on organic farming.

  • Allen You
    Ambassador China
    Beijing, China
    Allen You
    Ambassador China

    My name is Allen You. I come from the capital city of China, Beijing. I have more than 8 years of experience working in textile testing and the certification sector with local, international textile and agriculture organizations. He previously worked at Oeko-Tex, based in China, in TESTEX and Hohenstein, aiming at eco-textile idea promotion. During this period, I communicated with all kind of textile companies and buying offices in China and I know the China textile industry well. After that, I joined ECOCERT for organic cotton and the agriculture sector. Through visiting organic cotton farmers, I understand the organic cotton situation in China deeply, and am lucky to have been cooperating with TE from 2012. I am also working in the organic agriculture and textile industry in a local organization in China. 

  • Valentina Zarew
    Ambassador, Australia & New Zealand
    Sydney, Australia
    Valentina Zarew
    Ambassador, Australia & New Zealand

    A creative entrepreneur with a career background in consumer behavior, marketing communications and sustainability, Valentina is focused on creating collaboration within the industry in the aim of igniting innovation for positive social and environmental change. Her work with Textile Exchange as the local ambassador is focused on industry engagement, education and international collaboration to foster positive transformation within the textile supply chain.