10 Minutes to change the world

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Each year, we invite leaders in their fields to pitch their visions for a better world. We hear inspiring stories about how their organizations can impact the world; stories that often ask us how we can rise to meet the challenges that a better, brighter future often necessitates.


Christine Harada

President, i(x) Investments

Former Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, Obama Administration

Christine Harada is President of i(x) Investments, a permanently capitalized holding company that invests in the critical areas of human need (renewable energy, green real estate development, affordable housing, gender equality, technology and information, waste reduction and food and agriculture) in a multi-strategy investment approach throughout the entire capital structure.

Before returning to the private sector, Ms. Harada served as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer for the Obama administration. In this role, she provided oversight for all sustainability-related initiatives across the federal government in energy, fleet, and acquisitions-game-changing improvements that added to our nation's clean energy future. Her successes include developing and implementing policies to reduce the Federal government's carbon footprint that resulted in an 18% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 23% reduction in energy use at Federal facilities and 177 billion gallons of drinkable water saved. She also was responsible for investing $4B in federal building to improve aging infrastructure and lower overall energy consumption that led to an estimated 33,700 private sector jobs and resulted in efficiency gains that will save 1.4 million tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Ms. Harada has over 20 years of success in leading government and management consulting organizations.  Most recently, she was a Partner with -Lane LP, a triple-bottom-line advisory that creates sustainable social value by bridging the gap that exists between private companies, investment capital, and government – across the Federal, State, and Local levels. 

Ms. Harada's private sector experience also includes over 10 years in management consulting with the Boston Consulting Group and Booz Allen Hamilton; and building satellites while at Lockheed Martin.  Ms. Harada holds an MA, International Studies and an MBA, Finance, respectively, from the Lauder Institute and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an MS Aeronautics/Astronautics and a BS Aeronautics/Astronautics, respectively, from Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Kara Napolitano

Recycling Education Assistant

Sims Municipal Recycling

Kara is currently a recycling education assistant at Sims Municipal Recycling Facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the largest Materials Recovery Facility in the country. At Sims, Kara offers educational tours to student groups grade 2 - 12, along with college and adult groups. As a Licensed Master Social Worker, her interests lay in environmental social work, and the circular relationship between human action, environmental wellness, and human wellness. She has experience in animal assisted and nature based therapies, and is a regular animal care volunteer at Earth Matter Farm, teaching children about the joys of composting and animal care. Prior to sustainability education, Kara was a theatrical teaching artist and administrator. She is also a voice and TriYoga teacher. On the weekends you might find her leading story time for children in Bryant Park, inspiring young people to improve literacy, confidence, and musicality. She is passionate about offering engaging education to children (and adults too, why not?), and is thrilled to be spreading the message of recycling and sustainability through the interactive Recycling Education Center at Sims. If you’d like to know more about recycling in NYC, email education@simsmm.com, or visit www.simsmunicipal.com/ for information on booking a tour!


Lorraine S. Wilson

Director, Investment Products

JUST Capital

Lorraine S. Wilson is the Director of Investment Products at JUST Capital. She oversees the business development, marketing, and sales strategy for JUST Capital within the investor and financial community. With the goal of driving and accelerating the flow of investment capital towards more just companies, JUST Capital’s presence within the financial services and investment management industry is a critical element of its mission and strategy. Lorraine is focused on driving adoption of new investment products, indices and ideas, and investor tools based on the JUST Capital rankings and analysis.

Lorraine has over 13 years of experience in the financial services industry, with a specialization in business development, due diligence, investor education, and relationship management. Prior to joining JUST Capital, Lorraine was Vice President, Exchange Traded Fund Product Manager at Merrill. Lorraine also held institutional sales roles at Third Avenue Management and Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York. Lorraine earned an M.B.A. in finance and economics from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University.