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Neven is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Home and Personal Care Sector Working Group at The Sustainability Consortium. She has a BSc in Biotechnology from the University of California, Davis, with emphasis on plant biotechnology, and is currently pursuing a MSc in Biomedical Diagnostics from Arizona State University. Prior to joining TSC, Neven worked as a Research Assistant conducting research on therapeutic targeted drug delivery for the treatment of a variety of cancers and has also worked in Quality Control for a Medical Device company ensuring manufacturing standards and procedures were followed and compliant with legal regulations.
Lamia joined The Sustainability Consortium as Manager, Member Operations and Implementations for the European market. She holds a Master?s Degree in Public Policy and Human Development with a specialization in Sustainable Development and a Bachelor?s Degree in International Business. As a sustainability consultant, she has acquired expertise in developing and implementing sustainability strategies, setting up reporting systems and co-authoring sustainability reports. Additionally, she has been highly involved in improving investor relations for sustainable stock portfolios. As a consultant for the German International Cooperation (GIZ), Lamia has been based in Egypt for several years where she advised Egyptian SMEs on resource-efficient business processes. She has also coordinated stakeholder networks for sustainable economic development in Egypt.
Katie Anderson is a Project Manager on Environmental Defense Fund?s corporate engagement team. Her work focuses on engaging with a wide range of companies across the supply chains to reduce deforestation, improve water quality and decrease greenhouse gas emissions from food production. She has expertise on both domestic and international agricultural issues, including forests, water quality, soil health and climate impacts. Katie has a Masters of Environmental Management and Bachelors of Science from Duke University.
Rob is a Director of Business Development for Henkel and has provided sustainability leadership and support to Henkel?s North America sales organization as well as to Henkel international sales teams. Rob has been the liaison between Henkel?s sustainability leadership team, R&D team, sales teams and customers since 2008. His primary objective in this capacity is to align Henkel corporate sustainability strategies with key customers and stakeholders to include:
Building strategic internal and external partnerships for joint sustainability initiatives
Training and educating Henkel Sustainability Ambassadors
Perpetuating adherence, cooperation and alignment with product and packaging indexes
Driving cross functional participation in sustainability driven initiatives
Engagement and participation in internal and external sustainability leadership forums
Rob worked closely with other Henkel leaders in R&D and Sales in support of co-development for the foundation of TSC in 2008. In 2010, Rob received a ?Quest for Excellence in Sustainability? award by Henkel North America. He is actively involved in the development of sustainability sales strategy as well as joint business plans for sustainability in North America and International. Rob is a key resource for customer driven sustainability initiatives and academic development partnerships.
In conjunction with his responsibility for sustainable business development, Rob leads an International Sales team across 14 countries responsible for sales of Adhesives, Laundry and Beauty Care for Henkel. Rob has been with Henkel for 16 years. Prior to his experience at Henkel, Rob worked for Coca-Cola Enterprises and he is a graduate of Arizona State University.
Jonathan is Unilever?s Vice President of Sustainable Living and Corporate Communications, North America. He joined the company in May 2012 and is responsible for Communications, Unilever Brand, and the shape and implementation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan in North America.
In 2007, Jonathan founded Common Way Communications, a public affairs and communications consultancy based in Vermont. There he worked as a consultant to the Global Issues Group, a coalition of global chocolate and cocoa processing companies and trade associations working on responsible labor practices in the cocoa sectors of West Africa.
Prior to forming his consulting business, Jonathan was the Senior Director of Global Issues Management for Kraft Foods based in Illinois. He joined Kraft in 2002 and served as the Director of Corporate and Government Affairs for Kraft Foods Asia Pacific based in Australia and Singapore.
Before taking on the global issues management assignment, he was the Senior Director of Commodity Sustainability programs for Kraft and was responsible for the strategic design and implementation of programs to promote the long-term sustainability of Kraft?s sources of key commodities.
Jonathan is a graduate of Bowdoin College. He lives with his wife and son in Connecticut.
Roian Atwood is a sustainability professional with more then ten years in the footwear and apparel industry with American Apparel, Sole Technology, and presently VF Corporation. Additionally, Atwood supported various retailers and consumer product companies for several years as a sustainability consultant.
As the Director of Sustainability for VF brands Wrangler, Lee, and Majestic, Atwood leads sustainability strategy, engages global suppliers to drive greater social and environmental performance, and works cross functionally with product development and marketing to create more sustainable products and share brand relevant stories.
Projects Atwood has managed include implementing renewables, discovering energy efficiency opportunities in manufacturing, closing the loop on recycled product initiatives, and engaging teams on sustainability marketing and corporate strategy work.
Atwood studied Complex Systems at Naropa University as an undergraduate, and is completing a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment in 2017.
Ralph is currently the North American manager for product stewardship and sustainability with Bayer CropScience. In this role he is responsible for the oversight of the safe and effective use of Bayer?s product portfolio and how Bayer is helping growers meet the sustainability demands of the consumer. Ralph?s background is in production agriculture. He grew up on a family farm in Texas and also operated his own farm for a number of years. After receiving his Ph.D. in Entomology, he served for fourteen years as a Professor and Extension Entomologist before coming to work for Bayer. He has had varying roles with Bayer, mostly in areas of product development. This includes four years in global product development where he had the fortune to learn agricultural production systems in almost all areas of the world. His areas of expertise include Integrated Pest Management, agricultural production systems and agricultural landscape ecosystems. This background has been very beneficial in his current role to help production agriculture to adopt technologies and practices that benefit both the farmer and the environment.
Cheryl Baldwin, Ph.D.,ÿis a Vice President of Consulting for Pure Strategies where she partners with corporate clients to develop and execute strategies to improve sustainability performance across food, home and personal care, and cosmetics industries. Cheryl also leads the firms? global market research to generate new insights to accelerate business transformation.ÿ She wrote the book,ÿThe 10 Principles of Food Industry Sustainability and two other books on sustainability, along with holding U.S. and international patents.
Josh Balk has led efforts to enact animal welfare policies with many of the world?s largest companies, including Walmart, Wendy?s, Kroger, Denny?s and dozens more. These policies have helped shift the food industry?s reliance on veal crates, gestation crates and battery cages. He's also been a leader in creating and supporting start-up animal-friendly companies, including co-founding Hampton Creek, and guiding venture capital firms and high net worth individuals to invest in this space.
Carolyn Baltz joined The Sustainability Consortium on June 29, 2015. Prior to joining TSC, Carolyn dedicated 11 years to strengthening the membership efforts of the Arkansas Alumni Association at the University of Arkansas. Carolyn was instrumental in growing stewardship programs for members, engagement measurement practices and membership acquisition strategy. In addition to her expertise in relationship management, Carolyn led efforts to create and market a new brand identity for the Association. Carolyn received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. She currently volunteers for multiple non-profit organizations in the Northwest Arkansas area.
Cristian Barcan joined The Vinyl Institute (VI) in 2015 as the VP of Sustainability and Industry Affairs. Cristian brings with him two decades of experience in the chemical industry, with proven success in developing sustainability related business models for a wide range of products. Prior to VI, he served as Vice President of Business Development at UL's Information and Insights division (UL), where he was responsible for developing and promoting sustainability related business models for the company's supply chain engagement platform, as well as its B2C sustainability rating application systems.
Cristian also spent 18 years with BASF in a number of senior level positions, most recently as Head of Applied Sustainability for BASF Nutrition and Health North America, South America and Asia Pacific. During that time he developed a service package that helps consumer brands create and market more sustainable goods. Cristian introduced BASF as a core member of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) and continues to engage with TSC on behalf of VI. He is also a speaker and panel participant at a number of global events including Sustainable Brands.
In his current role at The Vinyl Institute, Cristian Barcan is responsible for leading the organization?s overall campaign to advance the vinyl industry's sustainability commitment and progress, and build positive relationships with key influencers.
Cristian serves also as the Executive Director of the Vinyl Business & Sustainability Council. The Vinyl Business & Sustainability Council (VBSC) is the subject matter leader on sustainability issues and related technical, communications, and advocacy activities pertaining to the vinyl industry in North America. VBSC provides a collaboration platform that champions comprehensive science-based continuous improvement practices to meet the needs of current and future generations.
Nancy Bock is a Senior Vice President at the American Cleaning Institute? (ACI). She is a recognized leader in consumer affairs, outreach, communications, external relations, and partnership development and family and consumer sciences. For the past 35 years, she has been dedicated to designing campaigns, programs and materials that provide better living for individuals, families and communities.
In recent years, Ms. Bock has been a leader in developing partnerships with key organizations including The Sustainability Consortium, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Clean the World, American Society for Microbiology, National Education Association, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Family, Career and Community Leaders of American, Cleaning for a Reason, National Poison Prevention Week and the Coin Laundry Association.
She is responsible for developing, managing and measuring the success of all consumer education programs and outreach activities for the American Cleaning Institute. She has published more than 200 educational tools during her tenure at ACI and has reached over one billion consumers since joining the ACI team.
She has served on numerous advisory committees and boards and currently serves on the Cleaning for a Reason Board of Directors, Clean the World Board of Directors, Family, Career and Community Leaders for America Board of Directors, Leading Authorities Event Advisory Board and the WVU Visiting Committee. She has received numerous awards for her educational programs.
Her multi-faceted work experience includes county, state and federal government (Department of Agriculture), faculty positions at two land grant universities (Cooperative Extension Service), non-profit associations (American Chemical Society and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) and business and industry (American Cleaning Institute).
Ms. Bock has a B.S and a M.S. degree in Education from West Virginia University.
John Bogner is the Finance Manager for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). He earned his bachelor?s degree in business from University of Arkansas Fayetteville with a major in accounting and holds a State of Arkansas C.P.A. license (currently Inactive status). Prior to joining TSC, John garnered experience working in accounting and budgeting, financial analysis and operational roles, which included two non-profit organizations in Fort Smith, AR and also University of Arkansas Fort Smith.
Sheila Bonini has joined WWF as our new senior vice president of Private Sector Engagement (PSE).
Most recently, Sheila served as the chief executive officer of The Sustainability Consortium, a global organization focused on making consumer products more sustainable. In that capacity, she helped develop more sustainable consumer products across the full product lifecycle.
Prior to joining TSC, Sheila spent more than 15 years with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Europe, South America, and the US. Sheila served as senior expert consultant and co-leader of McKinsey’s Sustainability Transformation Service, and her work at the company focused on the link between social and environmental impact and financial value creation. Prior experience includes investment banking at Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs, as well as positions with the Hewlett Foundation and Stanford’s Center for Social Innovation.
Sheila has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University. She's a frequent speaker and writer on sustainability, and has a strong network of corporate leaders in this field.
Koen Boone is Director Europe of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) and employed by Wageningen University and Research (WUR). Before joining TSC, Koen led a research center focusing on monitoring sustainability of Dutch food chains. Koen has more than fifteen years of experience on measuring sustainability on all kinds of levels (product, company, sector). He worked together with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) on the development of GRI guidelines for sustainability reporting for the Food Processing Industry.
Lawrence Bowdish started consulting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center on its Issue Network research in May 2013. In addition to conducting and managing all of the research for the center, he also serves as the Issue Network lead for food security, where he concentrates on how the private sector contributes to the technology and innovations required to end hunger, improve nutrition, and eliminate food waste.
In addition to his work with the Foundation, Bowdish is a Professor for the American Military University. Previously, Lawrence was a Professor for the American Military University, teaching courses in U.S. History, Women?s History, and the History of Technology. He also worked as a consultant for county health departments that were instituting public health initiatives for youth and teens in the state of Florida.
Lawrence holds a Ph.D. in Modern American and Economic History from the Ohio State University, where he wrote a dissertation on consumer credit, and published articles on the mortgage and student loan markets. He has a B.A. in History and Economics from New College of Florida.
Boma Brown-West is Senior Manager of Consumer Health at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), focused on transforming retail supply chains in order to reduce people?s exposure to toxic chemicals. In her role, Ms. Brown-West works closely with product manufacturers and retailers such as Walmart on sustainability strategies that promote the development and usage of safer chemicals in consumer products. She also leads EDF?s initiative Behind the Label: a Blueprint for Safer Chemicals in the Marketplace that lays out a path to corporate leadership. Prior to working at EDF, Ms. Brown-West worked for a decade at Whirlpool Corporation in product engineering and product sustainability. Ms. Brown-West has an M.S. in Technology & Policy from MIT and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University.
Marie is a World Wide Director and Distinguished Fellow at Colgate-Palmolive Company. She leads the Product Sustainability initiative and the environmental and occupational toxicology programs at Colgate program. She has a Ph.D. in Toxicology and is board certified. She works closely with key functions within the company and interacts with suppliers to drive product sustainability initiatives and improvements. Marie has her graduate degree from Rutgers University and her academic research focused on environmental contaminants and bird growth.
Tim Carey is the Senior Director for Sustainability and Recycling at PepsiCo Beverages in North America. He is responsible for developing and implementing the sustainability vision and strategy for the beverages businesses and reducing their environmental and social impacts. Tim co-founded and launched PepsiCo?s US consumer recycling program and sustainable fertilizer initiatives. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Keep America Beautiful. Tim work previously at Hewlett-Packard and in Berkshire Hathaway at Johns Manville before PepsiCo.
Alli joined The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) as the Research Coordinator in May 2015. She is originally from suburban Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a minor in Political Science from the University of San Diego. Along with her work at TSC, Alli also works for a watershed protection non-profit in Fayetteville. Previously, Alli was a research assistant at a sustainable building materials consulting firm in San Diego, and a trainee at European Parliament in Brussels.
Our keynote speaker for April 12th will be Jason Clay, Senior Vice President for Markets and Food at World Wildlife Fund, who works with some of the world?s largest companies to reduce their impact on the environment. In addition to his work with WWF, Jason is the author of 20 books and is National Geographic?s first-ever Food and Sustainability Fellow. He created one of the first US fair-trade ecolabels and has been involved in developing many other standards for commodities such as cotton, shrimp and sugarcane.
Christopher Cooke is the Director of Technical Development at the Sustainability Consortium where he oversees the creation TSC's tools for sustainability measurement and reporting. Prior to joining The Consortium, Christopher developed an energy sustainability strategy and action plan for the government of Hawaii Island. While with the New York Academy of Sciences, he investigated clean technology policy for New York State. Christopher holds a Master of Environment Science degree from Yale University, where he studied industrial ecology and conducted research in life cycle assessment. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from New York University.
As a Research Associate, Philip?s primary duties include leading the development of TSC?s Commodity Mapping Tool and being an Account Manager for TSC?s Implementation Services team. The Commodity Mapping Tool helps TSC members understand where they source materials from, what risks occur in these areas, and which suppliers and business segments are most exposed to each risk. Philip works to continuously expand and improve the analysis options provided by the Commodity Mapping Tool so that TSC members can have a customized understanding of the risks they face and determine how best to move forward. Philip works with each user on an individual basis to develop internal educational and communication materials, analyses, and plans of action that are tailored to each user?s particular supply chain needs and objectives.
As part of the Implementation Services team, Philip helps TSC members use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure and improve the performance of their suppliers via SAP?s Product Stewardship Network. He helps guide members through the KPI survey process, providing support and analysis along the way.Philip also assists TSC?s research team in the development, maintenance, and improvement of KPI metrics and related materials, particularly those relating to the Food Beverage and Agriculture sector and deforestation initiatives.
Frank is an experienced researcher on farming systems and sustainable agricultural production. He obtained his Pd.D. in 1998 on the topic ?Potato crop growth as affected by potato cyst nematodes?, and has worked on nutrient cycling and nutrient use efficiencies in dairy farming and arable farming (agriculture, horticulture, and flower bulb production), both with farmers? groups and for policy makers.
His latest research topics are on quantification of sustainable agricultural practices at global scale, and on efficient recycling of nutrients derived from anaerobic digestion of plant material and manures.
Birgit de Vos received her doctorate in environmental policy from Wageningen University (the Netherlands), and a MA in anthropology from the University of Nijmegen. Birgit joined TSC in 2013 , and has been working mainly on the development of social sustainability KPIs for FBA.
Birgit also works for Wageningen Economic research. She has fourteen years of experience in research and eight years in project leadership. At present she is a WUR liaison officer for the EU-Agrinatura network, which sets out value chain analyses in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In addition she coordinates an impact evaluation for UTZ certified on the impact of certification and services on the livelihoods of smallholders in Ivory Coast. Birgit also has extensive experience on aquaculture (animal welfare) and sustainable fisheries.
Mark Dolman MSc is an animal scientist and expert within the field of quantifying sustainable agricultural practices. He is involved in several projects measuring sustainability. Mark is coordinating the national monitoring framework sustainable agriculture, presenting key performance indicators for 11 agricultural sectors in the Netherlands on 23 sustainability themes. Furthermore, he quantifies in a PhD the economic, environmental and societal performance per unit of milk and pork using a cradle-to-farm-gate life cycle assessment for a representative sample of 450 farms.
Dr. Kevin Dooley is a Professor of Supply Chain Management and a Dean's Council of 100 Distinguished Scholars in the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He is Chief Scientist of The Sustainability Consortium, developing science and tools to improve the sustainability of consumer goods. Dr. Dooley is a world-known expert in the application of complexity science to help organizations improve. He has published over 100 research articles and co-authored an award-winning book, ?Organizational Change and Innovation Processes?. He is on several journal editorial boards including Journal of Supply Chain Management and Journal of Business Logistics. He has been awarded two patents on Centering Resonance Analysis, a novel form of network text analysis, and is co-founder and CEO of Crawdad Technologies, LLC, a provider of text analysis software for academics of Business at Arizona State University.
Mike Faupel is the Director of Operations for The Sustainability Consortium and oversees finance, staffing, communications and several other functions for the entire organization. Prior to his involvement with The Consortium Mike spent many years in the value-added agricultural products industry, focusing on quality and food safety in produce and bakery products. His masters and bachelors degrees are both from the University of Arkansas Bumpers College of Agriculture.
Erika Ferrin is the Director of Marketing, Communication and Development at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Ferrin?s main role is to set the marketing and communication strategy for TSC as well as create communication platforms to support our researchers, members and partners. Along with 15 years of non-profit and higher education marketing experience, Ferrin brings with her a passion for conservation and working with scientists and researchers to help tell their stories. Prior to joining TSC, Ferrin was the Brand Marketing Manager in the Smithsonian?s Office of Public Affairs where she led Smithsonian?s pan-Institutional marketing plan and national marketing campaign. Before the Smithsonian, Ferrin was the Director of Marketing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country (UMBC). Her branding campaign for UMBC won the national 2011 CASE gold award for Advertising. Prior to her time at UMBC, Erika was the Associate Director for Advertising and Promotion at PBS, where she worked in brand management for PBS, PBS KIDS and launched premieres and promotional campaigns for over 50 different television series. Erika received her M.A. in Professional Studies and Art History from Towson University and her B.A. in Media Communication and Design from James Madison University.
Elisabeth Fischer is the Head of Good Growth Plan Customer Marketing, for Switzerland-based Syngenta Corporation. She leads a global team that supports the company?s business objectives through implementing an agricultural sustainability agenda and reports on progress towards the ambitious Good Growth Plan targets.
Elisabeth joined Syngenta as a Public Policy and Sustainability manager in 2012, based at the company?s Headquarters in Basel. In 2016, she relocated to Greensboro, NC, to support the North American Sustainable Solutions team with the implementation of auditable reporting frameworks for farm data. Elisabeth has a MA in Economics and a PhD in Agricultural Sciences. Her research work focuses on linking small-scale farmers in developing countries to high-value markets. She grew up in Berlin, Germany.
Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn more visit www.syngenta.com and www.twitter.com/Syngenta.
Lloyd is the Director of Forests and Climate for WWF-US and serves as the REDD+ Multilateral Finance Lead for WWF’s Global Forest and Climate Program. In the last decade, developed countries have committed several billion dollars in climate finance to efforts to reduce tropical forest loss and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Lloyd leads WWF’s efforts to ensure that these funds are spent effectively – in ways that directly address the major drivers of deforestation (e.g., like unplanned agricultural conversion) but also respect the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples and local, forest-dependent communities. After representing Northern Civil Society as an Official Observer at the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility for several years, Lloyd now works with WWF teams and their partners in countries like Nepal, DRC, Indonesia and Peru to design and advance successful jurisdictional programs to reduce deforestation and degradation.
Lloyd has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Massachusetts. After completing his graduate work, Lloyd moved to Washington to work on international environmental policy with the U.S. State Department, where he worked for two years before joining WWF.
Emil is a Research Associate at the European office of The Sustainability Consortium for the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Working Group. Emil studied MSc Environment and Resource Management at VU University Amsterdam, with specialization in Environmental Studies. Prior to joining TSC, Emil worked as a researcher at Wageningen UR, where he worked on various topics, such as bio-based economy, price transparency, and competition in agri-food chains. In addition, Emil has conducted an LCA for an IKEA product during his study.
Jessica is responsible for leading and coordinating global implementation projects of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Her key responsibilities include leading implementation services with members and other users, leading implementation projects with retailers and suppliers, and participating in TSC?s leadership team.
She holds a Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Prior to joining TSC, Jessica managed partnerships in Africa and the Middle East for the AmeriCares Foundation where she collaborated closely with diverse stakeholders to improve the quality and increase the quantity of medical aid delivered to marginalized populations. She also worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Moldova and was a Technical Advisory Committee Member for the UNDP's 2014 Equator Prize.
Mark established PRé in 1990 and pioneered the field of LCA. As CEO and chair of PRé 's management team, Mark focuses his efforts on exploring and initiating new developments and building relationships between industry experts, businesses and other organizations.
Mark is widely recognized as an international thought leader in the field of sustainability metrics and methodology development. His primary goal is to help companies create value from sustainable products and services. While with PRé , Mark has developed pioneering methodologies for impact assessment (Eco-indicator 95/99 and ReCiPe). He has also published seminal studies on sustainable consumption, rebounds, and product service systems methodology, as well as initiating development of the world?s most widely used LCA software, SimaPro.
Prior to founding PRé , Mark was a partner in a small industrial design consultancy, where he developed, among other things, special tools for the Dutch Railroad maintenance staff to use in their work on overhead electric wires, an anesthesia ventilator (which received an international IF design award), and text telephones for deaf people (before the invention of SMS). Mark's career in industrial design began at Demotech-1 in the 70's where he was inspired by open source technology and the "small is beautiful" movement. This led him to attempt to develop a completely new way of producing metal parts on a very small scale. While this attempt was largely unsuccessful, he remained focused on the goal of developing practical yet scientifically sound solutions for improving the environmental and social performance of products and services.
Mark holds a Master of Science in industrial design engineering from Delft University of Technology.
Jeff reports to the Chief Sustainability Officer as an Applied Sustainability Manager at General Mills located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.ÿ During his 17 year career at the company, he?s been instrumental in bringing environmental sustainability to the forefront by first building reliable compliance management systems followed by creating environmental metrics and forward looking indicators that brought change to his organization.ÿ In 2005 he pioneered water reuse in one of General Mills? largest plants, one of the first in the food industry. Currently, he has accountability for global watershed stewardship efforts, packaging sustainability improvements, customer sustainability relationships and accounting for the company?s value chain GHG footprint.
Mr. Hanratty holds a bachelor?s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a master?s degree in EHS Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology.ÿ He is registered as a Professional Engineer and is a Certified Safety Professional.
Debra Harmon is the assistant to Sheila Bonini, CEO, and Malcolm Fox, COO, at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Debbie has been with TSC since its launch in 2009, supporting administration and operations Tempe, Arizona office. Before joining The Consortium, Debra supported the Strategic Initiatives Officer for the Global Institute of Sustainability at the ASU Foundation.
Steve Hellem is the Executive Director of the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP). He helped create SP and has served as the Executive Director since the organization was created in 2002.
Steve has more than 30 years of experience providing strategic counsel and leadership to business associations and coalitions. He has helped create and managed a wide range of business coalitions and associations from multiple business sectors.
One of his areas of expertise is working with companies to address global and domestic environmental, health and safety practices and activities as well as corporate sustainability programs. He maintains close working relationships with senior EH&S and corporate sustainability professionals from a wide range of Fortune 100 companies.
Steve has an AB in Political Science from the University of Missouri and a J.D. from the International School of Law that is today the George Mason University School of Law.
Roel is a Research Associate at the European office of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) for the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Sector Working Group. As a researcher in sustainability assessment at Wageningen University and Research Center, Roel shares his time between TSC and other international and national research projects on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) application and sustainability assessment methodology. Previously, he worked for AkzoNobel as a specialist in sustainability focusing on LCA of chemicals and on environmental management. Roel holds a master degree in Chemistry and in Environmental Sciences from the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Among other subjects, he studied the behavior of eutrophying emissions in the framework of LCA at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a fanatic amateur cook and enjoys cyclocross and road biking at home and abroad.
Dr. Christopher Helt is the Research Manager at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), Arizona State University, responsible for the development of the Sustainability Measurement and Reporting System for manufactured and formulated goods supply chains. In addition, he is the Principal Researcher for Leadership Initiatives at TSC related to human health impacts associated with consumer product use. As such, he manages the Common Chemical Criteria Task Force at TSC which aims to provide a common framework to enhance communication regarding chemical safety among broad stakeholders.
Prior to joining TSC, Chris worked for Colgate-Palmolive Company (Piscataway, NJ) as a Senior Research Scientist in their Global Product Safety Department. Chris earned a PhD in Toxicology (2004) from the University of Rochester and a BS in Biochemistry (1997) from The Pennsylvania State University. His academic research focused on the DNA damage response following oxidative stress.
Judith Hochhauser Schneider is Deputy Director, Private Sector Engagement at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) where she manages some of WWF?s largest global transformational partnerships with multinational organizations, including The Coca-Cola Company, Walmart and Sealed Air Corporation. Her work focuses on water stewardship, agricultural commodities, food safety, and deforestation-free packaging with a geographic concentration in China and the MesoAmerican Reef in Central America.
Prior to WWF, Judith worked at PwC in the Sustainable Business Solutions advisory practice, advising clients on sustainability strategies in a variety of sectors including private equity, manufacturing, and consumer package goods.
Before joining PwC, Judith worked for DuPont, driving the integration of sustainability into growth strategies and functional areas including Marketing, Supply Chain, and Finance. Judith spent her 8 years at DuPont working within business units, as well as at the corporate level on the Sustainable Growth Excellence team, focusing on carbon markets, sustainability strategy, green marketing, sustainable packaging, and emerging markets.
Judith is a LEED? Accredited Professional and Six Sigma Green Belt Certified. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a BA from Binghamton University in Environmental Science. She currently lives with her family in Washington, DC.
Kara Hurst leads the development and evolution of sustainability and social responsibility at Amazon worldwide. Utilizing Amazon's scale, speed and innovation, Hurst’s teams focus on Amazon’s key social and environmental opportunities across all of Amazon's business areas globally. Our programs include responsible supply chain management, social responsibility in Amazon operations, Frustration Free Packaging and eCommerce packaging standards, renewable energy and energy efficiency, eWaste, product take-back, hazardous waste, and social and environmental policy setting.
Previous to Amazon, Hurst served as the CEO of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) - named one of Scientific American's "Top Ten World Changing Ideas" of 2012. With over $2.4 trillion in revenue, TSC members consist of leading corporations, NGOs, Universities and government and regulatory agencies. Through this network, TSC members form a global, collaborative network focused on building a foundation of scientifically based business tools to drive improvements in consumer product sustainability.
Prior to TSC, Hurst served as Vice President of BSR, where she spent eleven years. Hurst built several global industry practices, led BSR's NY and DC offices, as well the global partnership practice with governments, multi-laterals and foundations. Hurst also oversaw the annual BSR Conference.
Previous other work includes: as a founding member of the EICC, Hurst initiated the original EICC working group, bringing together six large technology companies, and facilitated the industry initiative in responsible supply chain management through its first several years, including constructing the Code of Conduct. Hurst also applied this concept to other sectors, including pharmaceuticals, to establish meaningful industry partnerships such as the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Initiative (PSCI). Hurst worked with GE's corporate citizenship team for eight years as well as Hyatt's executive team to build their first CSR platform.
Prior to BSR, Hurst worked in Silicon Valley as Executive Director of the public-private venture OpenVoice and as a Manager of Corporate Affairs for the Children’s Health Council. Early in her career, she has held roles at the Urban Institute as a Research lead and worked for two elected officials – Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco and in New York for the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).
Expertise: Corporate Responsibility strategy and implementation. Product sustainability and science-driven research. Stakeholder engagement. Responsible supply chain practice; economic development strategy, philanthropy, human rights.
Amit Jain is an ?Ecowarrior? determined to mitigate climate change through his various projects he is involved in professionally and personally. He currently is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability for Pharmavite, the Makers of Nature Made? where is shifting the paradigm to a purpose-driven organization. In the past, he was part of a small team developing the Los Angeles Green Business Certification Program, the largest in the nation. He was a consultant working with various Cleantech startups and green businesses in Southern California altogether providing guidance to over 100 companies. Amit?s puts his knowledge and expertise in sustainability, strategy development, and project management to use as a course instructor for UCLA?s Global Sustainability Program.
Amit was Entrepreneurship Graduate Student of the Year and Kauffman Internship Award-winner at Loyola Marymount University, where he received his MBA. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional. He acquired a Certificate in Sustainable Business Management from University of California Irvine. Amit is Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified practitioner, the world?s largest corporate social responsibility reporting framework. Amit has been a sustainability expert for GOOD Magazine while also being a speaker and contributor to various conferences concerning sustainability and green jobs across the nation.
Jonathan Johnson is the Walton College Professor of Sustainability in the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, where he has been on the faculty since 1996. He graduated with a BS in zoology and an MBA from the University of Arkansas before earning a Ph.D. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His research?which has appeared in numerous academic journals?focuses on corporate governance, social networks theory, and corporate sustainability, and he has served on the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Journal. Jon teaches strategy, organization theory, sustainability and ethics. Jon has led several sustainability initiatives at the University of Arkansas, including establishing the Applied Sustainability Center in 2007, and co-founding The Sustainability Consortium in 2009.
John leads research for the Clothing, Footwear, and Textiles; Packaging; and Paper, Pulp, and Forestry Sectors. He works with members of The Sustainability Consortium directly to support engagement, answer inquiries, and provide guidance for implementation of TSC tools. John also supports the Director of Strategic Partnerships to collaborate with other sustainability organizations and initiatives to promote alignment in similar measurement platforms. John received his Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics at the University of Arkansas, his Masters in Sustainable Communities from Northern Arizona University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Economics from Denison University. In the local community, John serves as the Vice President of the board at Tri Cycle Farms, a food hub focused on sharing community through soil. Originally from Arizona, John grew up visiting national parks across the country learning to value the land's natural beauty and became an early advocate for conservation.
Jarrod Kniff is Manager, Information Technology at The Sustainability Consortium. Jarrod has been with The Sustainability Consortium since January 2016, when he was asked to join and elevate the IT department into a forward-thinking and technologically progressive unit. To him, it is people that drive technology and not the other way around.
Jarrod received a Bachelors of Arts in Education degree from Arizona State University in 1992. He is the epitome of 'everything happens for a reason' and finds himself back in his old stomping ground. Before making his way here, Jarrod was a DJ at two valley radio stations and also programmed their website presence. His life-long passion for computers has garnered experience in network administration, web development, and graphic design. For the past 10 years he has been a Microsoft SharePoint administrator and developer with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions.
Matt Kopac is the Sustainable Business & Innovation Manager for Burt?s Bees, a leading natural health and beauty care business. Matt helps set and drive sustainability strategy within all functions and throughout the value chain to ensure the brand continues to deliver on its commitments to social and environmental responsibility. His scope spans responsible sourcing, sustainable packaging, operational footprint management, sustainability measurement, customer and industry engagement, and employee engagement. Matt is also a champion of community and culture, directing community service efforts and serving as Vice President of The Burt?s Bees Greater Good Foundation.
Yuliya joined The Sustainability Consortium in August 2015. She is working tightly with Senior Designer, Giada Mannino, in order to design and implement The Sustainability Consortium's new website content, maintaining and updating current website design and functionality and improving user experience.
Yuliya has obtained her Bachelor's degree in Web Design/New Media from Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2012. She also holds a Master's degree in Graphic design from Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction. In addition to her proficiency in web and graphic design, Yuliya is also experienced in environmental design and design research. In Spring 2016 she graduated from Arizona State University with Master of Science in Design Degree. The focus of her Master's dissertation was on informal learning spaces on university campus conducive to creativity and collaboration. In the nearest future, Yuliya plans to continue advancing her career in Web and Graphic Design, as well as conducting more in-depth research on informal learning spaces.
Michelle has 20 years of experience working with companies and investors to develop, scale and finance solutions to improve the intersection of natural resource and business decision-making and outcomes. She has worked with some of the world’s largest companies across the Fortune 500 and their supply chains, including Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Shell, Dow and Starbucks, as well as the International Finance Corporation. She is currently Vice President of The Earth Genome. The Earth Genome develops powerful decision support tools that enable public and private sector leaders to evaluate scenarios associated with water, food and energy security, and other forms of ‘natural capital’ in order to make better decisions and investments. Recently Michelle was a director at the Closed Loop Fund & Foundation.
Michelle has held management positions at Gap Inc., Business for Social Responsibility, the Global Health & Safety Initiative, and The Nature Conservancy as well as her own consultancy, SustainBiz, LLC. Her work with Dow and Shell demonstrating that natural infrastructure can be a viable and cost effective alternative to traditional infrastructure has been published by Harvard Business Review. Michelle is on the Steering Groups of the Natural Capital Coalition and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership, and is the Board Chair of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. She has a M.S. in environmental management from USF, where she also taught a joint MS-MBA degree program, a B.A. in behavioral biology and public health from Johns Hopkins University, and was an Environmental Leadership Program fellow.
Dr. Karen K. Leonas is a Professor in the Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management Department. Dr. Leonas has her B.S. in Textile Chemistry from NC State, a M.S. and PhD from the University of Tennessee in Textile Chemistry/Textile Physics with an emphasis in Polymer Engineering. She enjoys working with industry as was employed by Burlington Industries, Industrial Fabrics Division where she was the Product Assurance Manager for the Aerospace Program prior to joining academia. Her research interests include product development and evaluation, decision making through the supply chain and currently research focuses on sustainability through the Fashion, Textile, Apparel and Retail supply chain – from concept to consumer. Previous significant areas of research include Barrier Effectiveness of Textiles to Challenge Agents (bacteria, pesticides, chemical, and liquids) and Degradation and Weathering Mechanisms of Polymeric Materials in laboratory and field environments. Dr. Leonas has received numerous recognitions for excellence in research, teaching and student advising. She current serves as co-chair of the Clothing, Footwear and Textile Committee of TSC.
Dr. Sarah E. Lewis is the Managing Director of Research and Integration with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). In this role, she oversees sector working group and research integration strategy across TSC sectors. Her work with TSC focuses on directing research projects and managing member relationships in order to develop the Sustainability Measurement and Reporting System (SMRS). She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics and a Master of Arts in French from the University of Arkansas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and French Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Sarah is passionate about identifying and working through challenges at the interface of humans and the environment. An award-winning educator, Sarah is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Sociology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and she is the Founder and President of EcoExplique, a consultancy focused on educating communities about the economic value of environmental systems. Sarah is an active member of her community, having served as an elected official on the Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council, and currently serving as a board member of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership.
Tim has more than 25 years of experience in helping clients tell their brand story. Part of this storytelling begins with a very simple approach – listening. Listening has been the foundation for his work with Fortune 500 companies, foundations, colleges, universities, academic medical centers and for-profit health systems. Tim and his team’s pride in its creative product is derived from one thing – creating messaging that is authentic, relevant and engaging. Messaging that creates connection. His team’s work has won our clients national and regional recognition for brand communications and brand campaigns. Tim’s personal work has also been recognized in HOW and PR Week.
Our keynote speaker for April 13th will be Hunter Lovins, President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS), a non-profit formed in 2002 in Longmont, CO. A renowned author and champion of sustainable development for over 35 years, Hunter has consulted on sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security, and climate policies for scores of governments, communities, and companies worldwide. Within the United States, she has consulted for the Presidential Cabinet, Department of Defense, EPA, Department of Energy and numerous state and local agencies.
Giada Mannino is Senior Designer at The Sustainability Consortium. Giada has been with The Sustainability Consortium since August 2009, when she first joined as a part-time graphic designer. As Senior Designer, she designs and develops internal and external marketing and communication materials for the organization. Her expertise includes design research, sustainable graphic design, web and UX design, and event planning and design.
Giada received a Bachelors of Science in Design with a concentration in Visual Communication Design at Arizona State University in 2010. In 2015 she received a Masters of Science in Design with a concentration in Visual Communication Design and Sustainability. Her research focused on sustainability education for graphic designers and included a 4-year curriculum design for ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Visual Communication Design undergraduate program.
Dr. Carole Mars is the Senior Research Lead at The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), Arizona State University, responsible for the development of the Sustainability Measurement and Reporting System for manufactured and formulated goods supply chains. In addition, she leads research initiatives at TSC related to consumer adoption of low temperature wash for laundry and applications of TSC?s work in supporting circular economy business models. Prior to joining the Consortium, Dr. Mars worked as a process engineer in the semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry. Dr. Mars earned her PhD at Pennsylvania State University, in surface analytical chemistry and her bachelor of science in chemistry at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Melnick was appointed Executive Dean of the Global Institute of Sustainability by Arizona State University (ASU) President Michael Crow in 2008. Prior to this position, he served ASU as Director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy from 1987-2008 and also as Associate Vice President for Economic Affairs from 2002-2008. Dr. Melnick holds academic appointments as research scientist in GIOS and as Presidential Professor of Practice in the School of Sustainability. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Melnick conducts research on urban growth and economic development. He has co-authored three books and numerous public policy research studies.
Arthur P.J. Mol is currently Rector Magnificus and vice-chairman of Wageningen University & Research centre, the Netherlands. He was professor and chair of Environmental Policy at Wageningen University; professor in environmental policy at Tsinghua University, China; professor in enviornmental policy at UKM, Malaysia; Director of the Wageningen School of Social Sciences, the Netherlands. He continues to be joint editor of the journal Environmental Politics. He worked extensively in Southeast and East Asia, East Africa, and the EU. His research topics include social theory and the environment, globalization, informational governance, greening production and consumption, sustainable value chains and environment and development. He is at the editorial board of eight international journals and two book series. He is board member of the research committee Environment and Society of the International Sociological Association.
He published around 200 internationally peer reviewed articles, and around 100 book chapters. His latest books are Environmental Governance in China (edited together with Neil Carter; Routledge, 2007), Partnerships, Governance and Sustainable Development. Reflections on theory and practice (edited together with Pieter Glasbergen and Frank Biermann; Edward Elgar, 2007), Environmental Reform in the Information Age. The contours of informational governance (Cambridge UP, 2008),The Ecological Modernisation Reader (edited with Gert Spaargaren and David Sonnenfeld, 2009 Routledge) and China's Local Envuironmental Politics (edited with Genia Kostka, 2014 Routledge). He recently was guest editor of special issues in Global Environmental Change (2011), Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (2013), Energy Policy (2013) and Journal of Cleaner Production (2015).
Alexis?s expertise lies in water stewardship, valuation and approaches to market-based conservation. He has spent fifteen years working with WWF, the global conservation organization, on business and biodiversity solutions with a focus on freshwater. He spent four years coordinating the development of the Alliance for Water Stewardship?s Standard and has worked with extensively with food and beverage companies on agricultural water challenges. He has also consulted for World Bank, The Nature Conservancy and has served on the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling (ISEAL) Stakeholder Council. He is a past lecturer in environmental economics at Simon Fraser University, has published on water valuation, freshwater biodiversity issues, and currently leads WWF's Water Risk Filter and emerging work on context-based water metrics. Alexis holds a BA, an MSc in urban hydrology and a sustainability-oriented MBA. He resides in Vancouver, Canada with his partner and family.
Adam Muellerweiss is responsible for sustainability and environmental strategies for the Power Solutions business unit at Johnson Controls – the world’s largest manufacturer and recycler of automotive batteries. He serves on the Global Sustainability Council, the coordinating organization for the Johnson Controls’ corporate sustainability commitments.
His professional experience includes developing and managing company-wide sustainability strategies and programs; implementing customer, supplier and value-chain collaborations; creating business value through sustainability; engaging leadership and employees on sustainability; and reaching key stakeholders such as academics, NGOs, and policymakers.
Adam is a member of the Net Impact Corporate Advisory Council and is an Impact Expert for the Katerva Awards. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music and political science from Kalamazoo College and a master’s in sustainability and environmental management from Harvard University.
John Mulcahy ? Vice President ? Sustainability, North American Consumer Products
John Mulcahy is Vice President of Sustainability for Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP, where he is responsible for the sustainability and corporate social responsibility programs for our Consumer, GP PRO, and Nonwovens businesses. John works to develop collaborative relationships with our customers, helping them to achieve their sustainability objectives by developing insights, building cost and value advantages into our products, and providing assurance that GP is a responsible and ethical supplier.
John serves in a leadership capacity for several industry associations, including the Foodservice Packaging Institute, INDA, and The Sustainability Consortium. In his free time, John volunteers with The Boy Scouts of America and is on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Georgia. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two sons.
GP Consumer Products, LP
We are one of the world?s leading makers of tissue, including paper towels, bath tissue, napkins, and facial tissue. We sell both branded and private-label products in retail and commercial markets in North America. In addition, our Dixie brand of disposable cups, plates, and cutlery is one of the most recognized brands in North America. The Georgia-Pacific Nonwovens group provides a wide range of products to customers worldwide.
Euan Murray became Chief Executive of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) in December 2016 with a focus on driving implementation of TSC tools by retailers and large purchasers, and working with TSC members on innovative solutions to supply chain sustainability problems. Murray joined TSC in 2012 and has held a number of leadership positions, most recently COO. Prior to joining TSC, Murray was Director of Footprinting at The Carbon Trust. There, he led projects with PepsiCo, Unilever, M &S, CDP and many other TSC members, focusing on product and supply chain carbon footprinting. He has held a number of other roles in sustainability, financial services and strategy consulting. Murray has a BA in Natural Sciences and an MSc. in Materials Science & Metallurgy from Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He is married to Emily and has two sons, Oscar and Zac.
Ben Packard joined The Nature Conservancy in January, 2014. In this new role, Ben is working to shape the Conservancy's overall corporate engagement strategy, as well as cultivate new and ongoing relationships with companies to incorporate the value of nature into the core of their business plans and decision-making. Established just three years ago, the Corporate Engagement division was developed in an effort to reach the global scale of impact needed to address some of the most pressing environmental issues of our day.
Prior to The Nature Conservancy, Ben worked at Starbucks Coffee Company from 1998-2013, where he served as vice president, Global Responsibility (2008-2013). He was responsible for establishing the strategy and overseeing the programs behind Starbucks business approach to ethical sourcing and environmental stewardship. Ben represented the company in global forums on sustainability and managed key NGO relationships in support of Starbucks responsible business programs.
Ben was part of the original Corporate Social Responsibility team formed in 1999 at Starbucks. Using the Natural Step framework for sustainability, Ben lead a team responsible for completing an environmental footprint analysis for the Company in 2001. Appointed Director of Environmental Affairs in 2004, Ben developed and drove a number of innovative initiatives including the effort to engage the paper packaging industry to develop the first FDA-approved use of post-consumer recycled materials for food packaging. Over this period he also performed the company?s first greenhouse gas emissions inventory and chaired the U.S. Green Building Council?s Retail Development Committee, leading to the development of LEED? standards to help improve the retail sector?s environmental performance.
Ben graduated from Kenyon College in 1989 with a BA in History and holds a Master of Business Administration and Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Washington (1998).
Andrea Partain is an assistant to the finance manager for The Sustainability Consortium?s U of A office in Fayetteville. She studied Finance at the University of Central Arkansas before completing a bachelor?s degree in Corporate Finance from Arkansas State University. Before joining TSC, Andrea worked in the corporate office for Marvin?s IGA in Fayetteville. She also managed accounts for PMP, LLC., a home based accident reconstruction business, while spending time at home raising her two daughters.
Jason is the founding Executive Director of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), which works to enable collective action by institutional purchasers to accelerate market transformations toward a prosperous and sustainable future. Since its establishment in 2013, the Council has grown to an international membership of over 200 leadership organizations, including national, state, and local governments, Fortune 500 companies, and leading civil society and academic institutions.
Previously, as President/CEO and lead strategist of GreenBlue (www.greenblue.org), Jason pioneered initiatives that harness supply chain collaboration to enhance the capacity of the private sector to deliver sustainability innovation, including GreenBlue?s flagship project, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (www.sustainablepackaging.org).
Jason is nationally recognized as strategist, social entrepreneur, and advisor to civil society groups. His consultancy, TRUTHstudio (www.truthstudio.com), specializes in understanding, visualizing, and communicating complexity to support strategic decision-making in the public interest.ÿ His research project, Economy Map (www.economymap.org), visualizes how economic demand connects to environmental impacts across the entire US economy.
For more information, see www.purchasingcouncil.org, ÿwww.truthstudio.com and www.economymap.org.
Laura Phillips is Senior Vice President, Global Sustainability for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Laura began her Walmart career 20 years ago as a store intern and has served across a variety of departments and in roles of increasing responsibility. In 2010, she was promoted to senior vice president and general merchandise manager, and most recently, Laura has been leading the company?s work in omni channel. Laura has been a strong advocate for sustainability, education and women?s empowerment during her tenure, and her accomplishments with Walmart include:
Member of the original group of key leaders that our former CEO Lee Scott assembled in 2004 to help develop Walmart?s sustainability strategy, initial goals and principles.
Helped launch Walmart?s "Sustainability Value Networks (SVN)," engaging stakeholders in industry, academia and NGOs to partner with Walmart to develop solutions to sustainable value chain creation.
Partnered with suppliers to reduce packaging content, increase recyclable content and exceed industry standards by implementing and executing the children?s product guidelines to test all toys for hazardous chemicals, well ahead of the government legislation.
Chair of the Walmart President?s Global Council for Women?s Leaders (2012-2013)
Board of advisors member, Bentonville Film Festival
Board of advisors for the University of Arkansas Walton MBA Alumni
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Florida in Gainesville, an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and is a graduate of the Global 2020 program at the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth.
Sarah leads the Central Region for The Climate Corporation. In this role Sarah is responsible for achieving business growth and hitting sales targets by designing and implementing a strategic business plan that expands Climate FieldView’s customer base and ensuring a strong market presence. Previous to this, she was responsible for developing value propositions, product positioning, pricing, channel approaches and other key demand creation strategies for Climate FieldView. Sarah’s Monsanto experiences include the role of Corn Systems Product Launch Lead and Commercial Marketing Lead – U.S./Canada in the Vegetable Seed business and MBA Associate, where she led multiple challenging assignments within the U.S. Row Crops organization. Prior to joining Monsanto, Sarah held a variety of marketing and product management positions across multiple B-to-B organizations. Sarah earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia and an MBA from St. Louis University. She resides in St. Louis with her husband and two girls.
Tommie Ponsioen MSc is a life cycle assessment expert with research and consultancy experience in the agri-food sector. He has worked at Wageningen University in various research projects on resource management and land use, EU dairy policy and water and nitrogen use efficiency. He also worked at the prestigious Dutch environmental consultancy Blonk Consultants, where he supported and advised governmental organizations and NGOs, sector organizations, and various companies in the agri-food sector. Later, he worked at PR? Consultants in a similar role, but with a broader scope of product groups, and more internationally oriented. He contributed to significant projects such as the implementation of the internationally renowned life cycle inventory database Ecoinvent in the world leading life cycle assessment software SimaPro, the EU funded LC-IMPACT project as impact assessment method developer and in the European Commission?s Environmental Footprint Pilots project as technical helpdesk. In 2016 he started at LEI Wageningen UR, where he joined The Sustainability Consortium and other sustainability projects.
Kevin Rabinovitch is the Global Director of Sustainability for Mars, Incorporated. In his role he develops and deploys strategies, goals, targets, and policies relating to all aspects of sustainability for Mars? full supply chain with direct responsibility for leading the work on Mars? operations and renewable energy projects, developing their sustainability metrics and Mars? approach to science based goal setting in sustainability. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Food Lab. Kevin has been with Mars for 18 years, 5 years in sustainability and the first 13 in R&D functions of multiple Mars business segments in the U.S. and Europe specializing in technology development, scale up and intellectual property. He holds a Bachelor?s degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Entrepreneurship.
Kevin Rabinovitch is the Global Director of Sustainability for Mars, Incorporated. In his role he develops and deploys strategies, goals, targets, and policies relating to all aspects of sustainability for Mars? full supply chain with direct responsibility for leading the work on Mars? operations and renewable energy projects, developing their sustainability metrics and Mars? approach to science based goal setting in sustainability. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Food Lab. Kevin has been with Mars for 18 years, 5 years in sustainability and the first 13 in R&D functions of multiple Mars business segments in the U.S. and Europe specializing in technology development, scale up and intellectual property. He holds a Bachelor?s degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA in Entrepreneurship.
James Rankin serves as the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development for the University of Arkansas (UofA). In this position, the Offices for Research Support and Sponsored Programs, Research Compliance, Technology Ventures, Entrepreneurship, High Performance Computing Center, and University of Arkansas Press have reporting lines to him. He is also a Professor of Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Rankin has more than 35 years of experience in avionics research and design from both academic and industrial perspectives. He has been involved with numerous NASA and FAA grants and contracts. Previously, Dr Rankin was with Rockwell Collins (1978-1987). He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Dr. Rankin was previously at Ohio University in Athens, OH. He was a Professor of Electrical Engineering and served as the Interim Vice-President for Research, the Associate Dean for Research, and director of the Avionics Engineering Center. Rankin was a Professor of Electrical Engineering at St. Cloud State University (MN) from 1989-1997. He holds Ph.D. and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University. His BS degree in Electrical Engineering is from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Amanda joined The Sustainability Consortium in 2012 as a graduate research assistant. In her current role as Research Associate, her duties include harmonizing metrics, tools, and reporting systems across a number of agricultural initiatives; improving communication and data flow across the food supply chain; and leading research for the Food, Beverage, and Agriculture sector. Previously, she facilitated a national effort to develop standards for sustainable agriculture and played an instrumental role in engaging a wide range of agricultural interests in making commitments to sustainability. Amanda conducted her graduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied sustainability standards and metrics programs for U.S. agriculture, and at Iowa State University, where she explored how farmers? political preferences have changed over time. She also holds a Bachelor?s degree in both Anthropology and Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Amanda grew up on a dairy farm and is committed to helping farmers navigate sustainability opportunities and challenges while also improving their livelihoods.
Paul is a Senior Associate with the Water Program and Business Center, and is responsible for guiding the design and development of WRI?s Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas and managing WRI?s corporate engagement on water. Paul has worked with numerous companies in the food and beverage, oil & gas, consumer goods, and apparel sectors on water risk assessments and stewardship strategies. Paul is a published author and has been quoted in mainstream and specialist media on the topics of corporate water risk and stewardship, including in The Financial Times, CNN, the Guardian, Fortune, LA Times, The Oil & Gas Journal, and others.
Prior to joining WRI, Paul spent 4 years managing a wide range of watershed restoration projects throughout the US States of Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Paul also spent time in Latin America working on environmental and social impact assessments for international energy and mining companies.
Paul grew up in Barcelona, and holds a MS in Water Resources Management from McGill University in Montreal, a BS in Environmental and Agricultural Biology from the University of Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain, as well as a Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University. Paul is an avid sailor, and enjoys spending his free time boppin? around his workshop and outdoors with his family.
Cathy Resler is the Head of Global Sustainability for Ocean Spray Cranberries - a Farmer-Owned Cooperative - where she leads sustainability strategy across the Cooperative, with Ocean Spray farmers and business partners. Her work on environmental and social responsibility initiatives focuses on building value across sustainable agriculture, operations, supply chain, sales, marketing, and customer and employee engagement, She led the expansion and first publication of Ocean Spray’s Farm Sustainability Assessment a comprehensive report of 700+ cranberry farmers performance on Integrated Pest Management, soil health, water, energy, ecosystem conservation, business stewardship, worker well-being and community impact.
Prior to joining Ocean Spray Cranberries, Cathy worked in the fashion, jewelry, and publishing industries contributing to the first industry adopted Restricted Substance List (RSL), Responsible Down and Wool Standards, Environmental Paper Assessment Tool (EPAT), sustainable textiles and leather, sustainable forestry management, packaging design, green store design guidelines, and community giving program development. She also has worked at the U.S. EPA, Columbia University and holds an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a BS from The George Washington University in Environmental Studies.
Nancy Roulston is the ASPCA?s Director of Corporate Engagement for the Farm Animal Dept. Nancy works to build a more humane and transparent farming system by advising food companies on their animal welfare policies, practices, and procurement. In addition, Nancy helps consumers identify welfare-certified brands with the ASPCA?s Shop With Your Heart program. Prior to the ASPCA, Nancy ran an animal welfare consulting business with international clients, was 1 of 11 internationally chosen recipients of the Marie Curie Research Fellowship for the EU Project BioBusiness, and has written animal welfare standards for certification programs and private companies. Nancy holds a MSc in Animal Welfare Science from the University of Guelph (Canada)
Ben Ruddell is an Associate Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University, the President of Ruddell Environmental consulting, and the Director of the FEWSion project. His PhD is in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His professional experiences are in the fields of civil engineering, water resources, systems analysis, ecology/ecohydrology, and engineering research and education in an interdisciplinary university setting. His research interests fall broadly in the area of the quantification and management of complex coupled natural-human systems, including regional water and climate systems strongly influenced by the human economy and society- such as in cities, energy, and agriculture.
A Northern California native, Ryan Schohr is a sixth generation California Farmer whose family has been farming in the Sacramento Valley for over 150 years. Raised on a family farm just west of Gridley, Ryan attended local schools, including California State University, Chico.
Ryan spent time with the California State Senate Republican Caucus helping craft state agriculture, natural resources and water policies. Ryan was also bestowed a fellowship in the 33rd Class of the prestigious California Agricultural Leadership Program.
Back home, Ryan has worked to diversify and enhance the family farming business. Today, their farming operation includes medium grain rice, hay, cattle, walnuts, wetland management, and trucking. In 2011 the California State Fair recognized Ryan?s family and the Schohr Ranch for their 150th year of continued business in the state.
Recognizing the value of collaboration, Ryan recently partnered with 3 other neighboring farmers to launch a new, vertically integrated packaged food product business under the brand name of Genesis Grains. The company offers premium Calrose rice, sustainably grown on their own farms, direct to consumers, restaurants, and food service organizations. Their Calrose rice was awarded "The World's Best Rice" at an international competition in Kuala Lumpur.
Ryan is a leader in the agriculture industry having served as President of the Butte County Farm Bureau.
Ryan has been married to his wife Holly Whittaker, an epidemiologist and an Oklahoma native, for over 11 years. They are proud parents of a two year old son, Brock.
Tracy works in KúCoe Isom?s Chico office as a Farmer Outreach Specialist, focusing on environmental market opportunities for California cattlemen such as habitat markets, carbon credits, etc. Her experience working with ranchers in California through her time with California Cattlemen?s Association lends to her deep knowledge of how the industry balances environmental, social, and economic sustainability issues while operating a profitable business. She has experience in facilitating collaboration amongst disparate interest groups for common missions, translating science into policy and public awareness, along with driving new initiatives and processes. Tracy is excited to work with farmers and ranchers regarding their agricultural businesses, specifically enhancing profitability while, at the same time, overcoming environmental challenges and being socially responsible.
She graduated from University of California, Davis with a master?s in horticulture and agronomy, and California State University, Chico with a bachelor?s in agricultural business. Tracy has strong agricultural roots and a breadth of experience as an active partner in her family?s multi-generational farming operation that includes cattle, hay, rice and walnuts.
Dr. R.F. ?Rick? Shangraw Jr., is the chief executive officer of the ASU Foundation for A New American University. Prior to joining the foundation in October 2011, he served as ASU?s senior vice president for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and director of the Global Institute of Sustainability. As senior vice president for OKED he was responsible for ASU?s growing annual $350 million research portfolio, which placed ASU among the top 20 research institutions in the country without medical schools. As director of the Global Institute of Sustainability, Shangraw oversaw the institute?s research, education and problem-solving initiatives, with a special focus on urban environments.
Since taking the helm as the foundation CEO, Shangraw has directed a team of more than 100 fundraising professionals that has generated nearly $400 million in new investments and commitments in support of ASU. In addition, for two consecutive years (2012, 2013), the foundation has been awarded the premier four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country?s largest and most respected evaluator of nonprofit organizations.
Shangraw serves on the boards of several programs and institutes, including the McCain Institute for International Leadership, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and The Sustainability Consortium, and he chairs the board of directors of the ASU Foundation?s Arizona Technology Enterprises.
Before joining ASU he was founder and CEO of Project Performance Corporation, a research and technology consulting firm specializing in environmental, energy and information management issues. During his tenure, PPC received the Inc. 500 Award for being one of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the United States.
He has a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in political science and a certificate in environmental studies from Dickinson College; a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University; and a doctorate from the Maxwell School, with a specialization in technology and information policy and organization design.
As Senior Vice President of Innovation, Research, & Sustainability, Adam Siegel leads RILA?s (R)Tech Center for Innovation, along with its research and sustainability offerings. His role at RILA is to accelerate the next phase of innovation and growth for traditional consumer brands, given disruptive trends like the internet and mobile shopping, 3D printing, social media, demographic shifts, changing consumption patterns, new retail models, and big data. An engineer with an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, Siegel has consulted for numerous companies including Staples, IBM, and Seventh Generation, as well as for leaders in the transportation and energy sectors. He has experience with the Environmental Defense Fund?s Corporate Partnerships Program, where he worked with the private equity firm KKR and their portfolio companies.
Christy Melhart Slay directs the research and partnership activities for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) to develop a global, transparent, scientifically-based measurement and reporting system for product sustainability. She leads efforts with strategic partners to ensure TSC?s metrics, tools, and reporting systems are harmonized and interoperable with existing initiatives. She also leads TSC?s Commodity Mapping Program to develop spatial models for identification of agricultural and wood fiber commodity source regions and works with companies to map their commodity supply chains and related environmental and social risks. Christy develops and leads hands-on training and field courses as well as other projects to implement TSC tools within businesses.
Christy has been with TSC since its inception in 2009. She received her doctorate in biology from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She has researched and published on population ecology and conservation management. Additionally, she participates in cave ecology research in the U.S. and Belize. Christy has 14 years of experience as an educator in both collegiate and environmental education settings. Prior to her graduate research she spent 5 years in curriculum development and strategic planning with environmental non-profit organizations including the National Audubon Society where she also authored articles for Audubon Magazine in New York. She received her B.A. in biology with a minor in religion from Hendrix College.
Terry Stone directs regulatory affairs initiatives for Agrinos, working closely with regulatory agencies and other stakeholders on a global level. He also leads the development of Agrinos’ sustainability programs, partnering with customers and other public and private organizations to demonstrate and quantify the value of Agrinos products as an important part of their sustainability initiatives. Terry joined Agrinos as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability Programs in 2015. Prior to joining Agrinos he held leadership roles with Syngenta, The Scotts Company and Monsanto working in global regulatory affairs, sustainability, industry relations and research and development. He has earned Master’s degrees in International Business and Entomology.
Elizabeth Sturcken directs the work of our Supply Chain Corporate Partnerships team, which develops and implements joint projects with leading companies to create environmental change.
Leading our team of people working with Walmart to create broad environmental change in areas including climate change, agriculture, toxics in products and renewable energy.
Led our FedEx project to develop environmentally advanced medium-duty delivery vehicles.
Led our project with UPS to create innovative change in their express delivery packaging, resulting in environmental, business and customer benefits.
Environmental Consultant for the EPA, through Harvard University, on global climate change (1996); Systems Consultant, Bank of Boston (1993-1994); Policy Analyst, Office of Management and Budget (1995); Computer Consultant, Alliance Computer Group (1989-1992).
Surfrider Foundation Board of Directors (1998-2001), President (2000); Founder and former Chair, Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts' chapter; Board of Directors, Environmental League of Massachusetts (1999-2002); Board of Directors, The Sustainability Consortium (2014).
Masters in Public Policy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy, Harvard Kennedy School (1996). Bachelors in Political Science and Communication, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Minnesota.
Rachel is a sustainable business strategist and leader focused on integrating sustainability and corporate responsibility into the operation and culture of large-scale businesses. At Sodexo, she develops and manages a wide range of global and national initiatives to advance environmental sustainability, wellness, and women’s empowerment while enhancing and protecting customer value and corporate performance. Rachel also developed and led the first enterprise-wide sustainability function for U.S. Foods, the second largest food distributor in North America. She has advised Ford Motor Company, Volvo, the U.S. EPA and others on integrating business strategy and sustainability and she holds both an M.B.A. and M.S. from the University of Michigan with a focus on sustainable business strategy.
Alison Thoma joined The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) in November 2016 as the Development and Member Operations Assistant. She received a combined Bachelors degree in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from Whitman College and is now perusing a MBA at the University of Arkansas. Prior to working at TSC Alison was the Office Manager at NNCrystal, a nanotechnology company, where she worked on strengthening communication between the American and Chinese teams. Alison also worked as a Research Assistant at Resilience Services. As a Research Assistant she participated on several international projects including the evaluation of poultry, dairy, and swine production in terms of technical approaches for sustainability assessment.
Marco Ugarte is accountable for environmental sustainability at MillerCoors and is the ecipient of the 2015 Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever award. As entrepreneur, has received awards from MIT, ASU, Walmart, and NASDAQ. He holds a PhD in Sustainability from Arizona State University and professional certifications from APICS and ASQ.
Roland Waardenburg joined the Wageningen team in August 2013 in the Business Development function for Europe. He held marketing, purchasing, and sales positions in the electronics, retail, food service, and food industry at Philips, Sara Lee, Pepsico, and Ahold. As Program Director for Ahold, he built sustainable trade in Africa and as Vice President directed the corporation?s global corporate responsibility policy in which he brought Ahold to The Consortium. Roland studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam and Business Administration at Erasmus University and the University of Michigan.
Kristin is co-owner of Duncanson Growers, a diversified family farm operation located south of Mankato in Mapleton, MN. She is former Chairman and current Board Member of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, and a key advisor to stakeholders working on positive environmental outcomes in agriculture. Kristin has a background in agriculture and food policy and legislation. She is a leader and strong communicator on the intersection between agriculture and the environment. She has worked in Washington D.C., as an intern and then legislative staff to Senator Boschwitz (MN). In Minnesota, she worked as a territory manager and marketing director for Hubbard Milling Company. She has served on association boards in leadership roles and continues to engage in the Upper Midwest on environmental and agriculture throughout the region.
Adam Whinston is an innovative Social & Environmental Sustainability professional, driving change in global manufacturing through the implementation of creative solutions for challenging operational environments. He has led social and environmental responsibility programs at JCPenney and Hewlett-Packard and is currently Director of Supply Chain Assessments & Solutions at SGS North America. In that role Mr. Whinston develops services to help clients monitor, evaluate & improve conditions in global facilities to comply with regulatory requirements such as Trafficking-in-Persons FAR 52.222-50, UK Modern Slavery Act, California Transparency in Supply Chain Act (CATISCA) and Conflict Minerals legislation, not to mention global labor compliance standards. These customers include large retailers of apparel, footwear, furniture, electronics and toys as well as US government contractors, universities and other commercial enterprises. Mr. Whinston is a graduate of University of California, San Diego?s Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy and speaks French, Spanish and Mandarin.
Joseph Wozniak has over 15 years experience in international trade and development. He heads the Trade for Sustainable Development programme (T4SD) at ITC where he is responsible for the development and implementation of the Standards Map website and its related tools. Prior to this he worked for KPMG LLP and as a Senior Economist with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the Agency’s portfolio and the development of analytical tools for the impact assessment of OPIC’s emerging markets investment projects in sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, and consumer products.
Wei Dong Zhou is responsible for setting the strategic direction of all of The Sustainability Consortium projects in China. Mr. Wei Dong Zhou joins TSC with more than 20 years of experience in Chinese government, non-profit organization management, CSR and sustainability strategy, philanthropy and state owner sector and multinational companies. Prior to joining TSC Mr. Zhou worked for a private foundation in China as General Manager for one year, and for seven years prior to that, worked as BSR's China General Manager. At BSR, Wei Dong founded the China offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, providing advice and counsel to BSR's member companies and their supply chain partners. Mr. Zhou graduated from Qingdao University of Science & Technology with his Bachelor's Degree in Machinery Engineering and later obtained his Master?s degree in Asian Business Studies from the University of London (SOAS) in UK.