Betsy first joined Ventures in 2011 and has held several positions first as the Access to Markets Specialist and now as the Product Specialist.
Betsy brings her for-profit business experience to Ventures. After graduating from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. in History and a minor in Political Science, law school was appealing but being a lawyer was not. Using the retail experience she acquired while attending college, she jumped into retail management and moved into apparel purchasing for Hawaii apparel chain stores. She progressed to the wholesale industry where she started her own manufacturer representative company. While representing companies as their sales representative, she expanded into product distribution and finally, to importing products from China.
Upon moving to Seattle, she worked for national gift companies before again, starting her own company representing manufacturers. Moved by working in a fair trade setting, helping people that have barriers improve their lives by small business ownership brought Betsy to Ventures.
She loves travel and with about 40 countries under her belt, she hopes to travel to the other 150. She is passionate about the arts, cooking, entertaining and home décor. She believes expressing gratitude, humor and compassion in daily life makes for a happier world.