The people behind Marigold
Marigold values sustainability and supports local artisans and
Beth Provo is the owner and co-founder of Marigold. A graduate of American University in International Development, Beth's passion and backround is in social justice work, non-profit management and fair trade. Beth has worked for organizations such as TransAfrica, a research, education and advocacy center for the African World. She founded a community school and also developed an educational program at the Olympia Food Co-op. She has worked as a national sales manager for Alaffia, a fair trade company working in Togo, West Africa. For over ten years she has worked in the fair trade movement in retail, education and advocacy. After a trip to India in 2004, she was inspired by the work at a women's co-op in Mumbai and returned to start Marigold with the desire to make fair trade accessible to more people by creating fashionable fair trade clothes. She is a world traveler and proud new mother.
Our photography is coordinated by Maisie MacKinnon who is a cultural
communications writer and photograher. She has been working with
tribal communities around the US on issues pertaining to native
Megan Le graduated from ESADE (Ramon Llull University) in Barcelona, Spain in 2009 with an MBA focused on Corporate Responsibility, Strategy and Marketing. During business school, she co-founded her school’s Net Impact chapter, expanding the European network, and ultimately helping to bridge the gap between the interests of chapter members and career services. She now holds a position on the Board of the Seattle professional chapter.
In the past she interned with Fair Factories Clearinghouse and Fabric of Life Fair Trade Foundation, as well as proposed a stakeholder engagement communication strategy to a Barcelona company, and co-created a business plan related to supply chain transparency at the consumer goods point of sale. Megan is convinced that with brilliant and ethically-minded leaders in positions of influence, business has the power to tackle the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues.
Megan is a native East-coaster and spent half her life on Long Island, New York, and the other in North Carolina. She is happily married to her college sweetheart David, and they live together with their rescue dog Gracie in downtown Bellevue. In her spare time she enjoys running races, reading memoirs and traveling the world. Find her on Twitter: @meganle
Sales representaion in the Seattle, WA area is coordinated by Ashley Studerus. Ashley fell in love with Marigold's beautiful deisigns and organic fabrics when she was introduced to the brand while interning at Fabric of Life Foundation. She feels passionately about fair trade and its power to transform communtities in a sustainable way. She is currently studying non-profit fundraising at the Univeristy of Washington and is a volunteer in Seattle's non-profit community. She enjoys tele skiing and everything coconut.
Contact Ashley at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing and Special Events are coordianted by Audrey Daye. Audrey Daye has been involved with social and environmental justice
work for 16 years traveling and working extensively both within the US and abroad.
Her work in India and Nepal with non profit organizations supporting
women's health and family planning and providing resources for
children of incarcerated women first made her aware of the economic
and social inequities of global capitalism.
She has been involved in the fair trade movement for a decade and has held positions in retail, marketing, graphic design, event
coordination, fundraising and business administration. Audrey can be reached at:email@example.com.
Haley McClure studies sustainable business and Ethnobotany at The Evergreen State College, a liberal Arts college in Olympia WA. Her story begins in Corvallis Oregon where she was born and lived out the first few years on the back of her mother’s bicycle. In the early 90’s her family relocated to the place she calls home, Seattle WA. Her profound respect for people and plants was discovered as a child where she spent summers at her grandparent’s mini farm in Winlock Washington. She considers friends and family of utmost importance and believes it is their support that has inspired her to peruse work in social justice.
“ The fair trade movement is building equitable and sustainable partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty and I could not be more excited to join this dynamic group” -Haley M
Her extensive volunteer involvement spans ecological restoration, facilitating teaching gardens at local public schools K-grade-5 and indigenous peoples rights and food sovereignty.
As our current intern she brings new energy to Marigold and commitment to cultural preservation.
Our logo, and catalog's graphic design is by Joyce from Ido Design a
local Olympia graphic designer.
Our website and online shopping experience is supported by Scott at BizProducer.com.
Our FSC certified catalogs are printed by The Printery in Port
We are business supporters of our local community radio station 89.3
FM KAOS and sponsors of the South East Asian Women's Film Festival
From our Washington state office we conduct sales trips to our
retail customers in a biodiesel vehicle, fueled by homemade
biodiesel from grease from local restaurants collected right here in
Olympia. Our office space was created from 75% recycled materials
from Olympia Salvage, the Re-store, the Environmental Home Center,
(and craigslist!). We are proud annual sponsors of the Bike Communter Contest.
Marigold is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation and Green
America. We are also proud members of the South Sound Clean Clothes campaign- a coalition of concerned citizens raising awareness about
the sweatshop industry, and challenging individuals as well as
public and private institutions to create positive change by
altering their purchasing practices and Washington Fair Trade Coalition.
Owner, Beth Provo
Photographer, Maisie MacKinnon
NW Sales Representation, Ashley Studerus
Web Sales and Marketing, Audrey Daye
Intern, Haley McClure
Special Projects, Megan Le