Green Festival Speakers

Phil Fehrle

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Formerly an award-winning producer and executive in the motion picture and television industry, Phil has dedicated himself to fair trade as a sustainable solution to global poverty since participating in a church-sponsored immersion trip to Nicaragua in 2008. In 2009 he established Fair Trade Express, a small Long Beach-based importer and retailer of fair trade products, primarily from Latin America. As part of his fair trade commitment, he has helped establish an ongoing curriculum-based partnership between the Fashion Design Department at Long Beach City College and a Fair Trade, sweat-free, organic women’s sewing cooperative in Nicaragua. He also is working with Presbyterian Church/USA to support Bridge of Hope, a Peru-based program that provides economic and technical support to fair trade artisans in one of the most remote and poverty-stricken regions of the Andes. He is currently the coordinator for the effort to establish Long Beach as a Fair Trade Town. A native of Oklahoma, Mr. Fehrle graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He began his career in California as a news reporter. He has taught film and television producing at both Chapman and Azusa Pacific Universities. He is a member of the Producer's Guild, The Directors Guild and the Writers Guild. The proud father of two grown children, he lives in Long Beach, California with his Peruvian wife, Luz Elena.