who we are


Global EdVentures is a non-profit organization formed to provide education and build community to work towards alleviating world poverty.

OUR MISSION: is to create a new Generation of Entrepreneurs who
• work to end poverty through their daily actions and consumer choices,
• are empowered, innovative, and self reliant,
• understand what it takes to create wealth for all people in the world.

We work with schools to develop fundraising options that support fair trade artisans. Our goal is to educate students and parents about responsible purchasing and how their choices have global impacts. This effort supports the artisans that are participating in the emerging fair trade market creating sustainable and equitable communities.

We are also developing a K-12curriculum on microfinance to introduce students to small loan financing. The intent is to gain an understanding of how these loans create powerful opportunities to create wealth and generate self sufficiency. We see microfinance in balance with philanthropy to address the end of poverty

Board of Directors:

Karen Martinsen M.A. Teaching, B.A.Political Science/Justice is the founder of Global EdVentures and Director of the Sitka Education Consortium. As a change agent and social entrepreneur Karen has spent the last 30 years creating and designing innovative education, counseling and career programs. Her mission is to empower underserved individuals so they can reach their potential through education and personal growth.

Annie Adams lives on Vashon Island. She is a master gardener focusing on organic farming. Annie has taught in Special Education, specializing in autism, and has worked as a Middle school advisor. Annie’s experience with diverse student needs strengthens our outreach to young adults. She brings her unlimited energy and background in childhood education to the mission of Global EdVentures.

Tammy James, Co -owner of Ye Olde Curiosity shop in Seattle has been involved in retail business for over 30 years. She has a bachelor of science from City University in Business Administration with a managerial emphasis. Over the years she has initiated other retail ventures focused on local artisans. Her love of world cultures, travel and arts resulted in an inspiring trip to Thailand. Her visit to a remote village convinced her that fair trade can be a powerful tool for creating wealth, protecting the environment and ensuring social equity. She opened Ballard's first fair trade store - Market Street Traders - in November 2007 to further her mission of creating a market to end world poverty.

Dan Dierdorff has over 35 years experience as a banker in various roles and currently is Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for Fortune Bank. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1973 and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School in 1984. Dan is a member of the Tabor 100 group, is involved in a prison ministry, contributes as a board member to Pioneer Human Services, and is active in both SBA and microenterprise (under 4 employees) lending. He has just accepted an appointment as a Child Ambassador for World Vision working to end poverty and injustice.

Sharyn Enrtop has been an educator for 30 years and has taught in Seattle, Tacoma, Mercer Island and Edmonds. She currently works in Edmonds as a K-8 school psychologist, counselor and middle school advisor. She graduated from Western Washington State University in 1972 with a BA in Education and History. She has masters degrees from Seattle University in curriculum development, special education and counseling. She also earned a ED.S. degree from Seattle University in School Psychology. Sharyn has traveled extensively in third world countries and has led student groups that traveled internationally for 6 summers. Sharyn has a strong belief in the importance of educating students about world poverty and what they can do to make a difference in the world.

Sandy Howard is a Sustainability Strategist for the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development. She is an AICP planner and LEED accredited professional with 20 years experience in Washington and California. In 2007 she completed the MBA certificate programs at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) in Sustainable Business and Intrapreneurship. Both at work and in her personal life Sandy strives to make choices that balance the environment, economy and social equity. Her work with Global EdVentures furthers her goal to bring together diverse partners to create a sustainable future.