Doug has spent 25 years in the energy efficiency and sustainability field and is highly experienced in all aspects of the design, deployment and operations of voluntary market transformation programs. Prior to joining Green Seal in 2018, he held leadership positions at the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA. Doug brings strong product management experience, non-profit leadership experience, as well as formal education in economic and policy analysis. He was one of the founding team members of US EPA’s ENERGY STAR Buildings program, and at USGBC launched LEED for Building Operations & Maintenance. Doug holds a B.S. in Political Science from Duke and a M.S. degree in Energy and Environmental Policy from Georgetown. Email: email@example.com
Executive Committee (ex officio)
Masho joined Green Seal in 1994. He oversees all financial and administrative aspects of the organization’s operations. He has over 30 years of experience in diversified accounting, budgeting, and financial forecasting. Prior to joining Green Seal, Masho held various accounting positions, including controller with Inter Systems Inc., a high-tech government contracting firm. Masho received his M.B.A. from the University of the District of Columbia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 an M.S. degree in environmental engineering from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. 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. Email: email@example.com
Mark has over 25 years of experience in marketing and product development, and leads Green Seal’s new Client Services Program. The Client Services Program is designed to provide tailored marketing support and strategic direction for manufacturers and service providers with, or working toward, Green Seal certifications. Prior to joining Green Seal in January 2015, Mark led the development of Wausau Paper’s Green Seal program and green platform. He holds an M.B.A from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cerise joined Green Seal in 2009 as an intern with an interest in combining her education and work experiences in hospitality management and environmental policy. She became a staff member in 2010. She provides assistance and expertise to clients pursuing certification of Green Seal’s service-related standards. Originally from the Chicago area, Cerise has spent her adult life in Washington, D.C., where she earned a B.B.A. from Howard University and an M.A. in environmental policy from American University. Email: email@example.com
Joining Green Seal in 2015, Holly has a B.S. in Business with a marketing major from the University of Maryland. She has over 15 years of business and marketing experience in a variety of positions from account executive to corporate advertising manager. As a member of the Green Seal team, Holly looks forward to supporting our mission to help create a more sustainable environment. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kat, a Virginia native, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in communication studies and proficiency in French and Italian. Her professional experience includes over fourteen years of CEO-level executive support, as well as marketing & communications management and event planning. She fosters dogs for DC-based City Dogs Rescue, and enjoys travel, the outdoors, and eating delicious things with friends & family. Kat joined Green Seal in 2011. Email: email@example.com
Sean joined Green Seal in 2017 as part of the Certification team. Previously he worked for American Rivers where he had been the lead project manager on multiple green infrastructure projects throughout Wisconsin’s watersheds. He was also an environmental consultant where he led surveys and testing for clients as diverse as Coca-Cola Global and Unilever, to stay in compliance with the environmental regulations that impact their operations. He also lived in the Kingdom of Tonga as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. Sean spends his free time exploring Wisconsin’s natural areas with his wife and three children, and competing in 5ks. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nina joined Green Seal in 2016 as an environmental scientist to work on product certification. Originally from California, she slowly moved east to earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Environmental Engineering from Rice University, followed by a Master of Public Health in Global Environmental Health from the George Washington University. Nina previously worked to protect the environment and public health at NRDC and the EPA. She spends her free time backpacking, baking, and exploring the nation’s capital. email@example.com
Nathan joined Green Seal in 2016 as part of the Certification team. Previously, he worked with the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project to study how unconventional natural gas development impacts the health of communities and the environment. He graduated from Middlebury College with degrees in molecular biology and music, and earned a Master of Public Health from Yale University, concentrating in Environmental Health Sciences. Outside of Green Seal, Nathan enjoys singing in choirs, playing ultimate frisbee, and baking. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacey has been working with Green Seal since 2007, and her duties have included managing certification projects and developing standards. Prior to joining Green Seal, she was a lead environmental engineer with RMT, Inc. for 12 years, where she specialized in environmental design and management of projects, including industrial wastewater treatment, soil and groundwater remediation, surface water contaminant fate and transport, and sediment remediation. She holds a Master of Science in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also maintains her Professional Engineer license in the State of Wisconsin. Her personal interests include reading, hiking, golfing, canoeing, and gardening. Email: email@example.com
Brittany joined Green Seal in 2018 as part of the Certification Team. Previously, she worked for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in their Drinking Water Branch where she developed outreach projects and reviewed technical plans to improve drinking water sources across the state. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with her Bachelor of Science in Biology: Environmental Science with minors in Professional and Technical Writing and Spanish, followed by an M.S. in Biology from Ball State University. In her free time, Brittany enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne manages certification projects, as well as works with retail companies and hospitality businesses to help them become more sustainable. She joined Green Seal in 2009 and previously coordinated the Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program at Edgewood College, wrote sustainability case studies and reports for several Wisconsin organizations, and worked with Madison’s utility company to create a locally focused carbon footprinting website. Anne has an M.S. in sustainability and a B.S. in math and film, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She enjoys reading, writing, playing soccer, and generally getting outside. Email: email@example.com
Huong joined Green Seal in 2017 as an Outreach & Client Services Coordinator. She was born in Vietnam and raised in California. She completed her B.S in Biological Science with a minor in Education at the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining Green Seal, she spent four years in environmental consulting supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort in bioremediation projects and feasibility studies to remove contaminants from Superfund site, Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine. Huong enjoys reading, painting, and going on food adventures with her family to find creative cuisines. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Callie joined the Green Seal team in 2013. Callie coordinates the certification evaluation and monitoring process and works with clients to ensure continued compliance with the Green Seal standards. Prior to working with Green Seal, Callie was the Program Coordinator with ToxServices, where her primary responsibility was to manage client evaluations for DfE (now Safer Choice) recognition and CleanGredients. She graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology and Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She enjoys reading, being outside, southern food, long walks on the beach, and hanging out with her family. Email: email@example.com
Brie joined Green Seal in 2012. She supports the development of new standards, manages the revisions of issued standards, conducts sustainability analyses, and leads science communications initiatives. Prior to joining Green Seal, Brie provided mission and research support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and managed innovative programs in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Geochemistry from the University of Rochester, and has an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Executive Committee, Audit Committee (Chair), Governance Committee (Chair)
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.
Executive Committee, Development & Marketing Committee
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.
Executive Committee, Audit Committee, Governance Committee
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.
Development & Marketing Committee, Governance Committee
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.
Development & Marketing Committee
Since 2004, Jesse Levin been an active leader at CEB (NYSE: EXBD), the world’s leading best practices insight and technology company. As its General Manager, Chief Strategy & Development Officer and Co-Head of CEB Ventures, Mr. Levin has been accountable for over $140M in annual bookings contribution. In the last five years, he has also managed Talent Neuron, a big data business he grew from zero to $40M in two years; and Evanta, a $60M provider of local events and networking communities for senior executives. Mr. Levin has served on the Boards of Directors at HiQ Labs, Payscale, ALTIFY, 9Lenses, CorpU and LegalOnRamp. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors in leadership studies from the University of Richmond and his MBA from Columbia Business School.
Audit Committee (Chair)
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.
Development & Marketing Committee (Chair)
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.
Helen Sahi is the Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability for Unifi, a global leader of innovative and sustainable textile fiber solutions. Previously, Ms. Sahi was the Global Senior Director of Sustainability for Avery Dennison Corporation and led their retail business unit involvement in the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). She has has led the technical, operational and strategic aspects of sustainability policy for global Fortune 500 businesses, and spent many years as Senior Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs for Bank of America. She served on the Bank of America Environmental Council, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Stakeholder Council, and was Chair of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative’s North American Task Force. Ms. Sahi earned her B.S. in geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and speaks fluent Italian.
Brenna Walraven is an internationally recognized leader in the commercial real estate industry. In 2014, Ms. Walraven founded Corporate Sustainability Strategies (CSS), a firm that helps clients develop and execute strategies in areas of real estate operations, asset management, and sustainability. Her experience includes roles as Head of Property Operations and Portfolio Manager among others, providing strategic leadership for national, multi-sector real estate portfolios. She served on former California Governor Schwarzenegger’s Real Estate Leadership Council and has testified before Congress on issues of energy efficiency and sustainability. Ms. Walraven is former chair and chief elected officer for Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) and was the first woman to serve as chair in BOMA’s 100-plus-year history. She is a founding leader and developer of BOMA’s Energy Efficiency Program, which has trained over 35,000 real estate professionals since 2006. An accomplished author, speaker, and instructor for 25 years, Ms. Walraven thoroughly enjoys helping organizations and teams be the best they can be. She holds a B.A. in Economics and MBA from University of Southern California.
Development & Marketing Committee
Actor, director, author, environmental activist; board member for Green Wish, Coalition for Green Air, and The Thoreau Institute; Union of Concerned Scientists advisory board member.
Executive Chairman and CTO for Anaergia Inc.; international authority on water and wastewater treatment technology; founding member of the Council of Distinguished Water Professionals of the International Water Association.
Founder and Principal of leading Washington, D.C.-area law firm, Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz & Gilday; areas of law practice include business and real estate transactions, commercial litigation, mediation, and arbitration; adjunct faculty at Columbia and Georgetown law schools.
Former mayor and councilmember of Santa Barbara; founder of the Eden Reforestation Project; formerly head of public affairs at Southern California Edison, President of the California League of Cities, and Vice President of the National League of Cities.
Green architect and founding principal of FXFOWLE Architects; pioneer in socially and environmentally responsible architecture and planning; Academician of the National Academy of Design.
Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School; past President of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists; a Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists; a founder and Director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations.
Co-founder and CEO of Bennu, LLC, gamification; green social media expert; co-founder of Ocean Aid.
VP and Chief Sustainability Officer at Praxair Corporation; consultant and author in the areas of ISO 14001, organizational systems design, and management systems for better environmental and CSR performance.
Sustainability/greening consultant working with Jewish Community Centers across North America, First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” effort, and the USDA’s People’s Garden initiative.
President of the Environmental Media Association (EMA); TV producer and director; Grades of Green advisory board member.
Founder and CEO of BigGreenPurse.com; author; consumer advocate; green living and shopping expert; co-founder of the Green Moms Carnival.
Actress; Chair of the EMA Young Hollywood Board; Heal the Bay board member; co-owner of Bonobo Winery in Traverse City, MI.
TV producer; HGTV host; actor; founder of Carter’s Kids; EMA Young Hollywood board member; co-owner of Bonobo Winery in Traverse City, MI.
Green marketing and eco-innovation consultant; author, speaker, and educator; founding co-chair of the Sustainable Brands conference; founding co-chair of the Sustainable Business Committee of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York.
International Vice President for External Affairs at Sierra Club; former National Sierra Club President; member of President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development; founder of The Bay Area Alliance on Sustainable Communities and member of its Steering Committee.
Partner in Environmental Problem-Solving Enterprises; leading practitioner of recycling and waste management strategies; pioneer of curbside recycling in America; served on task force for Greening of the White House and as member of California Integrated Waste Management Board.
Former Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency; Operating Partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors; President of Seventh Generation Advisors; R20 Regions of Action Founding Chair’s Strategic Advisor.
Environmental Attorney; Program Director of Recycling & Municipal Solid Waste Management -UCLA
President of the Industrial Ecology Company; former environmental manager at Philips Lighting; member of LEED committee and one of the authors of LEED standard for existing buildings; environmental commissioner in Franklin Township, NJ.