Ambassador: Claire Bates
Claire's professional background is in fashion buying and merchandising for both department stores and fast-fashion chains. While working in these corporate buying offices, Claire became curious to learn more about supply chain structures and the manufacturing process asking "how do the buying decisions I make from my desk affect other people and the environment?"
Claire has a history of building businesses from the bottom-up. In 2009, Claire co-founded The Student Exchange store on the University of Arizona campus. The store's mission was to cut down on campus waste by buying, selling and trading gently used dorm and home goods.
Claire also co-founded Cosa Buena, an online boutique and pop-up shop selling global artisan crafts. Cosa Buena's mission is to connect consumers to the source and story of their purchases, preserve artisans crafts, and create a mutually beneficial business relationship between buyer and seller.