About Green Seal

Green Seal Board of Directors


Joanne Fox-Przeworski, Ph.D.   Chair
Executive Committee

Board of Directors - Women's Network for a Sustainable Future
Board of Directors - Environmental Integrity Project

Joanne Fox-Przeworski currently is an adviser and educator on sustainable development issues, international environment negotiations, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.  In 1999 she was invited to Bard College in New York to create a Center for Environmental Policy and a professional graduate program, and served as director until August 2006. From 1995 to 1999 she was director for North America of the United Nations Environment Program at the UN and a member of the UNEP Senior Management Board in Nairobi, Kenya. Previously she held various positions at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris from 1982 to 1995, including OECD representative to the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development; head of the Environment Section of the Development Assistance Committee; special assistant to two Deputy Secretary-Generals; and principal consultant on urban projects in the Environment Directorate. Dr. Fox-Przeworski has authored books and articles and given public presentations on sustainable development, environment, urban economic development, and aid to developing countries. She was a member of the human rights commission to Chile, 1974, reporting on the status of human rights under General Pinochet in the NYRB, and a Board member of Amnesty International USA, 1980-84. Dr. Fox-Przeworski holds a B.A. from Northwestern University; A.M.T. from Harvard University; Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis; and honorary doctorate from Ripon College.

Nancy Katz   Secretary
Executive Committee
Governance Committee

Development & Marketing Committee
Internet Marketing Consultant, tech entrepreneur, programmer

Ms. Katz has focused on Internet content and building member communities over the last fifteen years, initially as a content director at Paltalk.com and then as the Boomster Live director at Boomster.com.  At Boomster.com, she developed real time interactive programming that included vocational seminars and author chats.  She has held marketing positions at Koren, Rogers and Dowd Executive Search, Consumer Eyes, Motif Designs, and Nestle. As a member of the Scarsdale Advisory Council on Environmental Conservation for ten years, she helped design the council's website and Scarsdale's open space plan. She continues to do project work in marketing and sustainability and is currently developing a community based website.  Ms. Katz holds an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University and a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Paul Bateman   Treasurer

Executive Committee
Finance & Audit Committee, Chair

Governance Committee

President - The Klein & Saks Group

Paul Bateman is President of the Klein & Saks Group, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm providing government relations counsel, strategic consulting, and association management services.  He joined the firm in 1994 and became its chief executive in 1997.  A graduate of Whittier College, he began his career in the late 1970s, as an aide to former President Richard Nixon. In 1981, he joined the White House Staff under President Reagan and, subsequently, served in that Administration in senior positions at the Departments of Commerce and Treasury. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Bateman served on President George H. W. Bush's White House Staff as Deputy Assistant to the President for Management. Since 2005, he has been the Chairman and Chief Executive of the International Cyanide Management Institute, which administers a standards setting and certification program, developed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, aimed at improving the management of cyanide used in gold mining. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York, the nation's leading nonpartisan speaking forum and was its President from 2004-2007. 

Mary Swanson  ex officio
Executive Committee
Interim President & Vice President of Certification - Green Seal, Inc.

Mary directs Green Seal's certification program and serves as the technical lead for product certifications. She has 30 years of experience in environmental research and consulting, with a focus on evaluating the fate and effects of chemicals released to the environment, developing tools for evaluating cleaner products and cleaner technologies, and hazardous waste site remediation. Prior to joining Green Seal in 2006, Mary worked as a research scientist with the University of Tennessee’s Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies. She has a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources/water chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, artwork, and long walks in the woods. 

Todd E. Benson 

Managing Partner & CEO - Herington LLC

Todd E. Benson is the Managing Partner & CEO of Herington LLC which he founded in 2011 following a two-decade career at Citigroup where he was most recently Managing Partner and Global Co-Head of Citi Private Equity & Mezzanine Partners. Through Herington he invests in and advises a number of private equity (LBO) and venture capital stage companies, serving as a member of a number of corporate and non-profit boards of directors. A native of Kansas City and graduate of The University of Kansas (in addition to Harvard Business School), Mr. Benson remains loyal to the Jayhawks, Royals and Chiefs notwithstanding nearly three decades of living in New York City.

Christina Martin 

Development & Marketing Committee

Standards Committee

Bioproducts Executive

Christina Martin has over 25 years experience in global communications, government relations, and trade association management.  She began working on renewable fuel issues in 1994 while working for Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa and most recently served as Executive Vice President of the Renewable Fuels Association in Washington D.C.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Martin, as Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications for CTIA – The Wireless Association, oversaw The Wireless Foundation.  Two of the foundation’s programs, Donate a Phone and CALL TO PROTECT, were on the leading edge of cell phone recycling efforts. Not only were these programs environmentally conscientious, the collection of more than 2 million phones raised $1.9 million for the creation of an endowment funding domestic abuse programs.  Ms. Martin has also advised the financial services industry as Senior Managing Director for Global Strategic Communications for SIFMA, considered Wall Street’s most powerful trade association.  She began her career on President George H. W. Bush’s White House staff and later worked for Senator Bob Dole and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.  In addition, Ms. Martin served as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics.  She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Kansas. 

Laura Melillo Barnum

Development & Marketing Committee

Former Executive Director - Yum! Brands Foundation

Laura Melillo Barnum is the former Executive Director of the Yum! Brands Foundation and Global Community Investment, overseeing $10 million of non-profit giving around the globe. She began her career there with KFC as the V.P. of Public Affairs and Government Relations and since then has served in a variety of capacities over almost 22 years with Yum! Brands, including Chief Communications Strategist and V. P. of Internal Communications. Since 1997, she has written and produced the Yum! Annual Report. Prior to her Yum! Brands career, Laura was a corporate V. P. for Media Relations and Investor Relations for R.H. Macy & Co., Inc. and was, at the time, the youngest Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to the President in the history of the White House, working for Presidents Ronald Reagan (40th) and George H. W. Bush, Sr. (41st). Laura was featured as one of the most admired women in the June 2016 issue of Today's Woman. She is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dare to Care Food Bank, the largest in Kentucky, and serves on the Commonwealth’s Taskforce on Hunger. Laura is also a member of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Advisory Committee and was appointed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin to the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

Johanna O'Kelley 

Development & Marketing Committee, Chair

Strategic Brand Marketing Consultant

Johanna O’Kelley has extensive senior management experience in nonprofit organizations and for-profit corporations. As Director of Business Partnerships and Membership Marketing at Sierra Club’s national headquarters for 17 years, Ms. O’Kelley was responsible for developing corporate partnerships, including licensing and cause-related marketing. She served on the Diversity Council for Sierra Club and co-chaired the Business Partnerships Committee, helping create policies for the Club. Currently, she serves as a Taproot Foundation consultant for nonprofits, and is on the Board of Directors for Chicuchas Wasi, The Girl School, a primary school for underserved girls in Cusco, Peru.  Prior experience: Director of Marketing, The Franklin Mint, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania; Vice President of Marketing, Kirk Stieff Silver Company, Baltimore, MD; Corporate Buyer, Belk Stores Services, Charlotte, NC.  Ms. O’Kelley earned her MBA from the University of California, Irvine. 

Janet A. Phoenix, MD, MPH

Standards Committee, Chair

Governance Committee

Assistant Research Professor - Department of Health Policy & Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health

Dr. Phoenix holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health (GWU).  She was the recipient of a 2008 Health Policy Fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and spent her fellowship year working on health care reform efforts in the US Senate. She served on two federal committees: the CDC's Lead Poisoning Advisory Committee and the EPA’s Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee. She has consulted for USAID and the EPA in efforts to eliminate the use of leaded gasoline. She was the Director of Health Education for the Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, now known as the Alliance for Healthy Housing. She designed three national media campaigns on lead poisoning prevention, including a including a Spanish language campaign for Telemundo, Univision and Galavision and an award-winning campaign using Elmo and Oscar for Children's Television Workshop. She has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals, and has written curricula on environmental lead poisoning, environmental triggers of asthma, breast cancer and AIDS.  Dr. Phoenix holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Doctorate of Medicine from Howard University.