Speakers


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Freya Burton

Chief Sustainability and People Officer,

LanzaTech

Freya joined LanzaTech in 2007 and has worked in various roles throughout the company. Freya is deeply committed to LanzaTech’s mission of creating a carbon smart future. She is a board member of the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition and with LanzaTech is a founding member of below50, the low carbon fuels initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Freya oversees Government Relations, Communications and HR at LanzaTech. She holds an MA from Cambridge University.


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Donna Costa

Corporate Strategy,

Ecovative Design, LLC

Donna Costa is responsible for Corporate Strategy at Ecovative Design, LLC. Ecovative is a New York-based biotech company developing sustainable materials with its proprietary mycelium biofabrication platform. The company collaborates with its partners to create biodegradable packaging, animal-free leather, meat alternatives and more. In addition to her role at Ecovative, Donna serves on the Board of Directors of MicroSintesis LLC, a Canada-based biotech company using innovative technology to develop postbiotics and new anti-infectives for animals and humans. Until April 2018, Donna was Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation in Japan, as well as the President of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America, Inc. and the President and Managing Director of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Europe GmbH. She has over twenty years of experience in the chemicals, plastics, functional materials and life sciences sectors, working across diverse cultures, industries and functions.


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kate daly

Executive Director,

Center for the Circular Economy,
Closed Loop Partners

Kate Daly is Executive Director of the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners. The Center is a hub for business acceleration, investment, and research in packaging, food, the built environment, electronics and apparel & textiles. Kate previously served as Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she oversaw industry-facing initiatives in sectors including advanced manufacturing, smart cities, cleantech, fashion, tech, and media. Prior to NYCEDC Kateserved as the Executive Director of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.  Kate holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jake elder

bloomberg associates sustainability practice

Jake Elder is a member of the Bloomberg Associates (BA) Sustainability Practice, where he advises mayors and senior city officials on sustainability initiatives and translates policy into on-the-ground change. In his work, he helps cities leverage data analysis and stakeholder engagement to navigate the transition to clean energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and mitigate the impacts of climate change. For example, Jake worked with Oakland, California to develop a data-driven pathway to achieve deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, he is directing the development of a plan to rebuild the territory’s energy grid with more sustainable and storm-resilient infrastructure. Jake also currently leads engagements in Nashville, Tennessee and Athens, Greece.

Jake has developed deep expertise in global public policy development and implementation, having advised over 50 public sector clients in Europe, North America and Latin America. Before he joined BA, Jake was a member of Accenture’s Public Service Strategy Practice, where he worked with organizational leaders of state and local governments, higher education institutions and non-profit organizations. He also conducted market research for one of the first venture capital funds to utilize a low carbon investment strategy.

Jake grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, where he developed a love of nature that drives his passion for sustainability. He graduated from Trinity College (CT) with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Models and Data. He also holds a Certificate in Business Strategy from INSEAD.


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Stephen R. Freedman, PhD, CFA, FRM

Adjunct Assistant Professor,

NYU Wagner

Stephen is a passionate Sustainable and Impact Investing professional. He has had a 20-year career in Wealth Management both in the US and in Switzerland and was most recently head of Sustainable Investing Solutions at UBS Wealth Management Americas, with responsibilities for strategically developing and growing the sustainable and impact investing platform. Stephen teaches Environmental Finance at the NYU’s Wagner school and is the founder and co-chair of the Columbia University seminar on Sustainable Finance. He is a past member of the Board of USSIF: the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment and also served on the Board of 2 Degrees Investing Initiative, Americas, a non-profit focused on climate change investing education, from 2016 to 2018. 

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Natasha franck

ceo & founder,

eon

Natasha Franck is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of EON.  EON is the leading Digital Identity technology company across fashion, apparel and retail – harnessing the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) to unlock end-to-end business intelligence. Before launching EON, Natasha was the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development at Delos, a technology and real estate start-up.  At Delos, Natasha supported the launch of the International WELL Building Institute and lead the global expansion of WELL Building Standard through Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Delos, Natasha worked at Jonathan Rose Companies where she consulted on smart cities and urban design and development. Natasha holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University.

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CARMEN GAMA

Renew Designer,

EILEEN FISHER

Carmen Gama is a New York-based designer born and raised in Mexico. She attended Parsons The New School for Design in New York and graduated as a finalist for the ‘Designer of the Year’ Award, Class of 2015. Upon graduation, Gama’s ‘Sustainable Urban Outerwear’ thesis earned her the inaugural Eileen Fisher x CFDA Social Innovator fellowship. During her fellowship, Gama worked collaboratively to design a scalable and profitable manufacturing system for the recycled EILEEN FISHER garments, which concluded with a “Remade in The USA” capsule collection that debued in July 2016. Today, EILEEN FISHER Renew has taken back over a million garments and done over 10 million dollars in sales.

Gama has a true passion for solution-based design and technological innovation. Through this framework she is constantly challenging her design values by striving to design clothes with the potential to last a lifetime and utilizing processes that make the most of old garments to create new designs. Gama has been featured in numerous publications including Womens Wear Daily, The Wall Street Journal, and Harper’s Bazaar.

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Trent Gross

Director of Marketing,

Sustainability Solutions, Stryker Corporation

Trent Gross is the Director of Marketing for Sustainability Solutions, a division of medical device manufacturer Stryker Corporation. Uniquely, Stryker’s Sustainability Solutions is the global leader in reprocessing and remanufacturing of ‘single-use’ medical devices. In this role, he assumes primary responsibility for establishing a strategic roadmap and portfolio execution activities that will drive ‘sustainable’ market-leading growth for the division.

The health care industry has served as the backdrop for the entirety of Trent’s 20-year professional career and includes roles as a healthcare provider (occupational therapist), medical device sales representative, healthcare strategy consultant, and marketing professional.

Trent was a student-athlete in college playing football for the University of Wisconsin, where he received his undergraduate degree. He later received his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Trent and his wife Tamara reside in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Steven Haft

Head of Global Partnerships, Consensys

board member, Blockchain Social Impact Coalition

Head Of Global Partnerships at CONSENSYS, largest blockchain software company in the world and a Board Member of the Blockchain Social Impact Coalition. Prior to 2017, Haft oversaw innovation at $3B TIME Inc, helped convene the Vatican’s Forum on a New Social Compact in 2016, ran strategy at AOL’s $1.2B Ad Sales Group, produced films DEAD POETS, EMMA & MADtv, is a Fellow at HBS Prof Clay Cristensen's Disruptor Foundation, former staff at the ACLU and Ford and Rockefeller philanthropies, and a co-founder of both Earth Day and The Creative Coalition.

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Tom Kennedy

Principal, Circular Economy Lead,

Arup

Tom Kennedy is a Principal in Arup’s New York office with over 26 years of experience in a wide range of civil engineering and site development projects worldwide. He is currently leading the Circular Economy business in the Americas and is also the Americas Civil Leader for Arup. He is engaged on a number of projects that are exploring the move from a linear to circular thinking process for clients in different sectors but predominantly based around the built environment. His prior work extends to prestigious New York based projects such as JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK, Hunter’s Point South Development, the Fulton Center, Teardrop Park and Hudson River Park as well as international projects whilst living in Russia, Middle East, South East Asia and Europe. Tom’s core skills include all aspects of design and construction, including deconstruction, associated with site development, regeneration and community enhancement from initial concept through opening day and into the lifecycle of projects.


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Peter Howard

Economics Director

The Institute for Policy Integrity

Peter Howard is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is also the economics director at Policy Integrity, and a former economic fellow. Much of his work focuses on the social cost of carbon and integrated assessment models. He is the lead researcher for the Cost of Carbon Pollution Project, a collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC). He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis, where his research focused on climate change, environmental policy, and agricultural policy. Howard also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College.

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Evelyn J. Kim

Chief Policy Director,

Rethink Food NYC

Evelyn J. Kim is the co-founder and Chief Policy Director at Rethink Food NYC, a food food insecurity and rescue NGO based in Brooklyn. Before her position at Rethink Food NYC, she has been a sustainability consultant for restaurants in the US and Europe as well as writing for US publications on food, science and sustainability topics.


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faith legendre

Senior Circular economy strategist,

cisco systems, inc.

Faith Legendre is the Sr Circular Economy Strategist at Cisco Systems, Inc. Faith believes that we can bring the global circular economy to fruition together by strategically implementing people and technology at the right points in the interconnected loops.

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Mike Newman

CEO,

Returnity Innovations

Mike Newman is the CEO of Returnity Innovations, the pioneer in the elimination of single use shipping packaging.  Mike has worked at the intersection of supply chain and sustainability for over 20 years.   After directing the Sierra Club's political operations in 20 states, he received his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  As Sales and Marketing Vice President for ReCellular, he built ewaste programs for Verizon, AT&T, Walmart, Best Buy and more, saving millions of used cell phones from landfills.  Through his leadership at Returnity, reusable packaging will replace the use of over 1 million cardboard boxes and poly mailer bags in 2019.  Mike has been featured on The Today Show, the New York Times, NPR and more.

 


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Delaney Sondag

Sustainability Coordinator,

Baldor Specialty Foods

Delaney Sondag is a passionate sustainability professional who specializes in food waste reduction strategies across the agricultural supply chain.

In her current role as Sustainability Coordinator at Baldor Specialty Foods, one of the largest produce and specialty food distributors in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, she works on a variety of projects to eliminate waste within Baldor’s operations, such as implementing a companywide composting program to divert post-consumer food waste from landfill. Additionally, Delaney focuses on reducing food loss on farms and changing cultural norms around what is considered ‘sellable’ food. This focus resulted in Baldor’s Imperfect Produce program, a partnership with local farms to glean otherwise wasted fruit and vegetables and sell this product to chefs at a reduced market price.  

Building on her professional work, Delaney promotes the adoption of a ‘zero waste’ mindset and has worked with non-profits to incorporate zero waste principles into the planning of fundraising events. Delaney has a Bachelor’s Degree from Emory University in Environmental Science and Anthropology and enjoys hiking, climbing, and cooking vegetarian food.


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Ross MacWhinney

Senior Advisor,

New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Ross MacWhinney is a Senior Advisor in New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, where he works on policy development to promote energy efficiency in buildings.  Ross also coordinates the City’s programs to collect building energy consumption data and the development of new tools to improve data quality and analysis. Ross also manages the City’s municipal and community-wide greenhouse gas inventory. 

Prior to joining the Mayor's Office, Ross worked as a market researcher focusing on sustainability, energy, and environmental health and safety.  Before that he worked as a verifier of greenhouse gas offset projects and greenhouse gas inventories at First Environment.

Ross holds a B.Sc from Carnegie Mellon University in Information Systems and a Masters in Environmental Science and Policy.  He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Urban Informatics at NYU CUSP.

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Miranda Schnitger

Cities Project Lead

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Miranda Schnitger leads research exploring circular economy opportunities in cities, looking at the benefits that a circular economy lens can bring to cities and how city governments can engage and play a key role. She previously worked on insights and collaboration in the CE100 programme, with a focus on pre-competitive collaboration opportunities across the network of businesses, government and cities, innovators and thought leaders.

Prior to the Foundation, Miranda has worked as a policy advisor at the EU and HM Treasury, and in a range of roles at social enterprises, charities and a design business. She has a Masters in European Politics and is a fellow of On Purpose and the American Express Leadership Academy. She loves languages, a good adventure, and design.


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joshua spodek, phd mba

Adjunct Professor,

NYU School of Professional Studies

Joshua Spodek, PhD MBA, wrote the #1 bestselling Leadership Step by Step, hosts the award-winning Leadership and the Environment podcast, is a professor at NYU, writes a column for Inc., and blogs daily at joshuaspodek.com.

He holds five Ivy League degrees, including a PhD in astrophysics and an MBA from Columbia, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate. He left academia to found a venture to market an invention that showed animated images to subway riders between stations.

He teaches and coaches leadership and entrepreneurship at NYU and Columbia Business School. He has spoken at Harvard, Princeton, West Point, MIT, BCG, PwC, S&P, and IBM.

Appearing on every major network, the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and more, he has been called “best and brightest” in Esquire’s Genius issue, “astrophysicist turned new media whiz” by NBC, and “rocket scientist” by Forbes and ABC.


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Scott Taitel

Clinical Professor, Director of Social Impact, Innovation & Investment

NYU Wagner

Scott Taitel is Clinical Professor of Public Service and Director of Social Impact, Innovation & Investment at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  He received the Professor of the Year Award at Wagner’s 2017 convocation. He teaches numerous courses including Managing Financial and Social Returns of Social Enterprises, Social Impact Investment, Corporate Finance & Public Policy, and Financial Management for Global Nonprofit Organizations and leads an interdisciplinary practicum of NYU Wagner and NYU Stern Business students in the development of a student-operated Impact Investment Fund.

Professor Taitel has also created the Social Innovation & Investment Initiative at Wagner which serves as a central hub and incubator in the field of social finance bringing together policymakers, philanthropists, finance professionals, nonprofits and foundations to collaboratively strengthen the growing field.  The Initiative has received funding from the Ford Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

As former Chief Operating Officer for the Clinton Foundation’s Enterprise Partnership, Professor Taitel was responsible for establishing impact investment funds and the oversight of a portfolio of social enterprises as well as economic development, health and nutrition projects throughout the developing world.

Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, Professor Taitel was a managing partner of an international venture capital firm and held numerous senior executive roles in both private and public multinational technology companies.  His earlier career was as an economic development planner with both urban government and community action agencies.

 

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Dr. Cassandra Thiel, PhD

Assistant Professor,

NYU School of Medicine & Wagner School of Public Service

Dr. Cassandra Thiel is an Assistant Professor at New York University in the School of Medicine, the Wagner School of Public Service, and the Tandon School of Engineering. Her research utilizes life cycle assessment and principles of industrial ecology to analyze and improve the environmental performance of infrastructure systems, hospital design, healthcare practice, and medical technologies. As a 2014-2015 Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence fellow, Dr. Thiel calculated the environmental footprint of cataract surgery at Aravind Eye Care System in southern India, finding that Aravind’s carbon footprint for phacoemulsification was 5% of the same surgery done in the United Kingdom.  She received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and BS from Michigan Technological University, both in Civil Engineering. Her graduate training was supported by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT).


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Dr. Burcin Unel

Energy Policy Director

Institute for Policy Integrity

Dr. Burcin Unel is the Energy Policy Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity. Her current work focuses on socially efficient policy design in the areas of energy, environment, and health, building on her expertise in microeconomic theory and industrial organization. She has authored academic scholarship, policy briefs, public comments, testimonies, and guidance documents, with the aim of helping policymakers and utility regulators improve the quality of federal and state energy policy decisionmaking. She also leads Policy Integrity’s stakeholder involvement in New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative and related state energy policy programs. Before joining Policy Integrity, she held faculty positions at the University of Florida, and the Department of Economics at Bogaziçi University in Turkey. Dr. Unel received a B.A. in Economics from Bogaziçi University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida.

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Janet Viader

Head of Sales,

Toast Ale

With a passion for sustainability and an appreciation of craft beer, Janet Viader joined the team at Toast Ale USA in the spring of 2018 to get Toast in the best restaurants and bars in Manhattan. As Head of Sales, she helped Toast expand distribution into New England and looks forward to opening new markets across the USA. Janet is also pursuing an MBA in Sustainability in New York City through Bard College.


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Dmitriy Yakubov*

Executive Director

J.P Morgan Corporate & Investment Bank

Dmitriy Yakubov is the Wholesale Payments Innovation and Fintech Lead within J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank. His focus is to engage with clients and partner with FinTech’s to accelerate the development of disruptive new products and services for Wholesale Banking.

Prior to his current role, Dmitriy was the Supply Chain Finance Head of North America for J.P. Morgan. Dmitriy has over a decade of experience in Business Development, Product Management and Strategy holding positions globally out of New York, US and Sydney, AU.

Dmitriy holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business.


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Matt Zabel

Senior Design Manager for the Healthcare Business Group,

3M

Matt Zabel is a designer, researcher, and maker who has led human-centered design activities in a variety of markets and companies for over 14 years. With degrees in Industrial Design and Psychology, and graduate degrees in Human Factors and Gerontology, Matt brings a unique perspective to the healthcare challenges of today. Matt is currently a Senior Design Manager for the Healthcare Business Group at 3M, leading a team of high-performing Industrial Designers and advocating for sustainability throughout the product development process and life cycle. Prior to 3M, Matt worked as a Senior Human Factors Scientist at Medtronic and Design Research Manager at Brooks Stevens Design.


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Danielle Joseph

Investment Officer,

Closed Loop Partners

Danielle Joseph is an Investment Officer with Closed Loop Partners, responsible for managing the Closed Loop Ventures Pipeline and supporting underwriting, investment activities, and portfolio management across Closed Loop funds.  Danielle has four years of experience in environmental-sector growth equity investing with NewWorld Capital Group.

At NewWorld, Danielle worked on a range of topics, spanning business development, research on disruptive environmental technologies, and analyzing opportunities for growth equity and project finance investments across clean energy, energy efficiency, waste-to-value, water resources and reclamation, and environmental services.

Danielle earned her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where she participated in and led, as Chief Investment Officer, the inaugural years of the GSB Impact Fund, an early stage investing platform for impact-driven companies.  Danielle earned her BA from Pomona College.


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John Chalifoux

President & Chief Operating Officer,

The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing

John Chalifoux has served as the president and chief operating officer of MERA since the inception of the trade association in January 2011. MERA is recognized internationally as the organization for companies that view remanufacturing and similar forms of sustainable manufacturing as a core competency.

At MERA, sustainable manufacturing is simply defined as “manufacturing with re-use.” The process is sustainable by definition and responsible by design. The organization highlights the corporate social responsibility of manufacturing companies that produce high-quality goods – a second time – by reusing materials and conserving embodied energy in existing products. MERA is also the home of Manufactured Again Certification, where manufacturing and sustainable manufacturing are held to the same international quality standards.

MERA (and its parent MEMA) is the organization behind the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015, the U.S. law that requires federal agencies to encourage the use of remanufactured parts when servicing the federal civilian vehicle fleet.

Chalifoux came to MERA from the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, where he served as vice president of marketing and business development. Previously, Chalifoux was a strategy consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and he is an experienced marketing and sales executive, working in the automotive supplier community for Freudenberg-NOK, NTN Bearing and Valeo. He began his career with Goldman Sachs in New York.

Chalifoux earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and mechanical engineering from Stony Brook University, and an MBA from Michigan State University. He is also a graduate of the NADA Dealer Academy.

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Humaira Faiz*

Vice President, Global Sustainable Finance

Morgan Stanley

Humaira Faiz is a Vice President in the Global Sustainable Finance group at Morgan Stanley, responsible for delivering sustainable investing products and solutions to the firm's institutional and individual clients across the Wealth Management, Investment Management and Institutional Securities divisions. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Humaira worked to develop impact investing strategies and deploy investment capital for philanthropists at Arabella Advisors. Humaira started her career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the Alternative Investments group. She graduated with a B.A. in English and Finance from Rutgers University and an M.B.A from NYU Stern School of Business. 

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Victoria Bill

Founding Manager,

NYU Tandon School of Engineering MakerSpace Lab

Victoria Bill is the founding Manager of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering MakerSpace Lab. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the first-year engineering program, teaching EG 1003 Introduction to Engineering and Design. She received her master's in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in embedded systems, electromagnetics, and acoustics. Her research interests include IoT, wearable technology, and engineering education. She presents annually at the American Society for Engineering Education and the International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces.


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Kathleen Wetzel Apltauer

Adjunct Professor,

NYU Wagner

Kathleen Wetzel Apltauer is an independent evaluation consultant working with programs that focus on poverty, health and human development in international, low-income settings. Her special focus is reducing preventable child deaths, including those from diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia. Kathleen also serves as an adjunct at NYU, teaching Monitoring Evaluation & Learning and Quantitate Research Methods at the Center for Global Affairs and International Capstone Advanced Projects and portions of International Economic Development at NYU-Wagner.

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Barent Roth

Director,

Anthropocene Design

Barent Roth is a sustainable designer/educator/activist creating products and services designed for circularity with the goal of reversing climate change and repairing ecosystems. He recently founded Anthropocene.Design, a consultancy aimed at addressing these global issues through design.

 Previously he was the co-founder of the award winning sustainable to restorative design firm grow-design, creator of the LA Green Drinks network, and former Executive Director of SustainableWorks.org, He currently also teaches courses on sustainable design at Parsons, The New School.

His BikeShare Helmet won a Cradle to Cradle Design Competition for Best Professional Design and he founded TestingOurWaters.net, a global design collaboration aggregating DIY Trawls, empowering citizen scientists to track and together prevent local marine pollution.

 


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Allison Vicenzi

CEO & Founder,

Vicenzi

Allison Vicenzi is a fashion entrepreneur building a clothing brand and ecosystem in NYC. Powered by the fact that secondhand garments are the consumer's most sustainable choice, VICENZI launched in 2017 as an independent, circular brand offering well-made investment pieces along with a buyback guarantee. The concept is to promote efficient material reuse through recommerce and closed-loop systems.

After leaving the 3D printing industry, Allison set out to start her brand with a single blazer design in two colors. In 2019, VICENZI will relaunch and introduce new pieces, services, and DIY projects for women of all ages, backgrounds, professions. Her work aims to blend design and education to help women find their true "feel-good" style, at a variety of price points, without compromising quality or personality.

Allison is the co-founder of the Sustainable Fashion Circle, NYC's leading monthly meetup series and community of caring and passionate individuals working together to "clean up" the industry. A longtime vintage and flea market scout, she invented the #NoNewStuff challenge in 2015 to help people simplify lifestyles, do more with less, and find creative alternatives to fight mainstream consumption pressures. She invites anyone reading this to take the challenge and track/share how you feel through the process!


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Daniel Ramirez

CEO & Founder,

Mobley

Daniel Ramirez is the founder of Mobley, an online furniture rental system which looks to provide a convenient and affordable alternative to furniture ownership. He decided to build Mobley after growing tired of selling, storing, or throwing away perfectly good furniture every time he moved. Prior to founding Mobley, he worked in private equity for +6 years and graduated from Harvard Business School.


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Christine Harada

President, i(x) Investments;

Former Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, for the US during 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.


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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!


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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.


*Denotes a graduate of NYU.