Nina Smith is the founding Chief Executive Officer of GoodWeave International. Since 1999, Ms. Smith has developed and led GoodWeave operations, which stops child labor, forced labor and trafficking in supply chains. Ms. Smith is an advocate for children’s rights and an expert on addressing labor rights violations in manufacturing supply chains. She is a winner of the The Schwab Foundation’s 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and the 2005 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, acknowledging her work to employ market strategies to tackle the worst forms of child labor and slavery. She is also a recipient of The Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s EXCEL Award for excellence in chief executive leadership.
A fair trade advocate and expert for two decades, Ms. Smith was formerly the executive director of The Crafts Center and a crafts export consultant to the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in Dharamsala, India, where she oversaw the development of new market-driven product lines and artisan training. Ms. Smith was also president and board member of the Fair Trade Federation and has served on the board of The Tibet Collection. Currently she sits on the board of the Fair Labor Association and is a practitioner affiliate of the Social Enterprise Graduate Degree program at American University. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Tufts University.