Each year, the board of directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) elects a slate of officers with an eye toward creating even more value for sustainability professionals worldwide. The 2015-2016 ISSP Leadership Team consists of:
- President - Jeff Yorzyk, ISSP-CSP, Green Chef, Boulder, CO, USA
- Vice President - Sarah Lewis, ISSP-SA, The Sustainabiliity Consortium, Fayetteville, AR, USA
- Secretary - Marsha Willard, AXIS Performance Advisors, Portland, OR, USA
- Treasurer - Erik Foley, ISSP-SA, Penn State's Sustainability Institute, State College, PA, USA
- Development Director - Simon Harvey, ISSP-CSP, BusinessLAB, Auckland, New Zealand
- Past President - Marilyn Johnson, ISSP-CSP, IHS Markit, Seattle, WA, USA
See below for the full list of ISSP board members.
The ISSP Staff is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ISSP.
- Maureen Hart, Executive Director
- Elias Kauders, Education & Outreach
- Ray Berardinelli, Marketing
- Stephen Dworkin, Certification & Social Media
The ISSP Board of Directors is comprised of the following international group of sustainability professionals who provide guidance and oversight to ISSP. See below for details about each Board member:
- Rob Andrejewski, ISSP-SA, University of Richmond, USA
- Sarah Beyea, ISSP-SA, Tavares Group Consulting, Canada
- Lucinda Brown, ISSP-CSP, STET Sustainability Consulting, USA
- Drew Bryck, ISSP-SA, City of Avondale, Arizona, USA
- Neil Drobny, ISSP-CSP, Ohio State University, USA
- Jacqueline Drumheller, Alaska Airlines, USA
- Alejandro Florenzano, ISSP-SA, Center for Sustainable Production, Chile
- Erik Foley, ISSP-SA, Sustainability Institute, Penn State University, USA
- Simon Harvey, ISSP-CSP, The Natural Step, New Zealand
- Catherine Hurley, ISSP-CSP, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
- Marilyn Johnson, ISSP-CSP, IHS Markit, USA
- Beth Knight, ISSP-CSP, Beacon Institute, EY, United Kingdom
- Sarah Lewis, ISSP-SA, The Sustainability Consortium, USA
- Sven Lundie, bei thinkstep AG, Germany
- Doug Melnick, City of San Antonio, Texas, USA
- Ronald Morrison, Sustainability North Inc., Canada
- Maria Dian Nurani, CSR and Sustainability Consultant, Indonesia
- Tad Radzinski, ISSP-CSP, Sustainable Solutions Corporation, USA
- Fabian Sack, ISSP-CSP, Sustainably, Australia
- Rosalinda Sanquiche, ISSP-SA, Ethical Markets Media, USA
- Marsha Willard, AXIS Performance Advisors, USA
- Jeff Yorzyk, ISSP-CSP, Green Chef, USA
ISSP Board of Directors
Rob Andrejewski is an educator, writer, and facilitator who has worked in settings ranging from the backcountry to the front of the classroom. Regardless of the environment, his aim is to bring awareness to today's biggest issues and to connect people with their unique ability to respond to these challenges. For much of the last decade he has worked in higher education sustainability with a focus on outreach, education, and sustainability planning. Rob received his PhD from Penn State in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management (RPTM) in 2011. His research focused on the role of nature connection and outdoor play on environmentally responsible behavior. He is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, a network of some of the country's top emerging environmental and social change leaders. Rob regularly serves as a group facilitator and speaker, whether that means hosting a TEDx event, conducting a World Cafe on sustainability, or delivering a keynote. Read more here.
Sarah Beyea As Sustainability Toolkit Project Manager at Tavares Group Consuling, Sarah assists organizations integrate sustainability and manage their environmental, social and economic impacts. She has over nine years of experience in project management and program implementation, which she applies to projects in a variety of sectors, including non‐profit, utilities, education, manufacturing and retail. Past projects she has contributed to include sustainability reporting, materiality assessment and gap analysis, environmental compliance, training development, and sustainability implementation. Sarah graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Anthropology, and a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of New Brunswick prior to earning her Master of Environment and Sustainability from the University of Western Ontario. Sarah is a member of Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), the Project Management Institute (PMI), Pillar Non‐Profit Network, and was a member of the first cohort of ISSP‐SA’s. Read more here
Lucinda F. Brown has a special gift for turning broad conceptual strategies into detailed, step-by-step processes that provide a clear roadmap toward sustainability. She brings nearly two decades of experience as a business owner and project manager to her current work. For the past 7 years, her talent for organizing, analyzing, and synthesizing quantitative and qualitative data, has helped executives effectively communicate material information to targeted stakeholders. Serving a broad range of nonprofit and for-profit clients—from SMEs to international conglomerates—her passion lies in bringing top-notch assistance to small start-ups. Trained in The Natural Step framework through the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, Lucinda is and ISSP-CSP with an MBA from Georgetown, and a BFA in visual communications from Syracuse.
Drew Bryck is the Environmental Program Manager for the City of Avondale, Arizona. He is responsible for implementing the city’s comprehensive Municipal Sustainability Plan, adopted by City Council in 2014, the plan covers energy and water conservation, and social equity projects. Before taking on the role for Avondale, Mr. Bryck was an Urban Planner for the City of Phoenix. Drew holds a B.Sc. and M.A. in Sustainability and Public Policy from Arizona State University. He is currently working towards his MBA at the W.P. Carey School of Business also at ASU. In his spare time, he enjoys working in his local community advocating for the implementation of complete streets policies and projects. Read more here
Neil Drobny works full time at The Ohio State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in sustainable business practices and co-leads a new campus-wide major in sustainability. Additionally, he is the faculty advisor to the Ohio State award- winning undergraduate chapter of Net Impact. In 2013 he received an award for service to undergraduates. In 2016 he received an outreach and engagement award for collaboration with the business community in delivery of his courses. He is the Board chair of Sustainable Ohio which is comprised of the Ohio By-Product Synergy Network and the Waste Not Center. Earlier in his career he worked at Battelle and founded and operated an environmental consulting firm that he subsequently sold to a larger organization. He has bachelor and masters degrees from Dartmouth and a PhD in engineering from Ohio State. Neil is an ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional. Read more here
Jacqueline Drumheller has over 25 years of experience in the environmental industry. Currently she is a senior sustainability manager at Alaska Airlines, were she is on a mission to make her company the aviaton leader in environmental stewardship. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines in 1997, she worked in both the environmental consulting industry as well as the hazardous waste management industry. During her career, she has tackled almost every single aspect of environmental protection and compliance ‐ from environmental audits to underground storage tank removal. In 2008 she raised awareness of the importance and value of environmental stewardship through the launch and leadership Alaska’s company‐wide sustainability iniative. This lead to the adoption of new “greener” business iniatives and strategies. Since that time, Alaska Airlines has published five sustainability reports, developed a formal governance structure and long‐term sustainability goals, and has begun the challenging process of integrating sustainability into the business. By institutionalizing sustainability and integrating environmental decisions into routine business decisions, Ms. Drumheller believes that businesses can improve their brand value and corporate image, increase employee engagement, cut costs, and reduce risks. Ms. Drumheller is an enthusiastic public speaker who enjoys turning dry technical information into something simple, fun, and understandable. Read more here
Alejandro Florenzano is the Research Manager for Fundación Chile’s Center for Sustainable Production and Consumption. Alejandro is specialised in environmental science, life cycle sustainability assessment, standards, and innovation for sustainability. He holds a civil engineering degree and a MSc degree in environmental engineering. He has worked in several multiple-stakeholder studies and projects aimed at driving sustainability across the supply chain, including retailers, companies (small, medium and large), NGOs, government and international organizations. Alejandro’s work has covered different sectors, with a strong focus on the food and agriculture sector. The scope of this work includes literature research on environmental and social issues for supply chains, public and private strategies for sustainable production and consumption, training for technical and general audiences, and practical projects on research and development of sustainable food systems. He is also a founding member of the Costa Sur NGO, working in coastal areas of Chile in grassroots projects aimed related to disaster relief, environmental education and small-scale food production. Read more here.
Erik Foley is Director of Sustainability and Director of Learning and Development in Executive Programs at Penn State University. Erik has served as the co-chair of the Big Ten Sustainability Group, President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC) and on the American Council on Renewable Energy's Higher Education Committee, and ABCD Economic Development Task Force and within Penn State on president-appointed University Sustainability Council which drafted the university's first Sustainability Strategic Plan. Currently, Erik serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and locally on the Board of Directors of ClearWater Conservancy and on the Environmental Committee of Leadership Centre County. Erik earned his bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies/Sociology from Whitman College (Washington) and his Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from St. Francis University (Pennsylvania). Erik is passionate about organizational transformation and helping unlock team and individual potential. He has the unique perspective of understanding the business imperative for sustainability as well as the deep ecological and social dimensions to human decision-making. A skilled leader, writer and strategist, Erik has been on the front lines of sustainability with 20 years of experience in community and economic development, organizational change and business strategy in a wide variety of contexts from large institutions, consulting with major corporations, to rural Paraguay, the Alaskan bush and the inner city. Erik is married, has two children and lives in State College, Pennsylvania. Read more here.
Simon Harvey believes sustainability and good business simply go hand-in-hand. He’s a recognised management consultant, strategist and keynote speaker in the field of organisational sustainability; and is an accredited Senior Advisor for the Natural Step. Simon is also a co-founding director of Proxima Consulting, a forward thinking consultancy that provides a full service solution for organisations wanting to embrace the benefits of a value-adding approach to sustainability. Simon’s recent work includes a collaborative cross-organisational strategic planning process for Auckland Transport; developing a sustainability strategy for New Zealand’s predominant kiwifruit export business, Zespri; and a multi-stakeholder planning process for Matiatia, the gateway to Waiheke Island which is host to over 1 million visitors a year. Simon is passionate about integrating sustainability with inclusive planning processes - harnessing the power of collaboration, and the inspiration of a future-focused approach to achieve better results. Read more here.
Catherine Hurley is Sustainability Program Manager at Argonne National Laboratory. Previously, Catherine served as Sustainability Manager for the City of Evanston, Illinois, USA where she was responsible for implementing programs and policies to support environmental, economic and social sustainability for Evanston. She managed the City’s Climate Action Plan and STAR Community Rating, which provides a framework for reporting and continuous improvement around community sustainability. She oversaw projects around energy, waste and water conservation, low-impact transportation, green building, and sustainability reporting. Catherine serves on the Board of Directors for STAR Communities and a member of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Prior to working for the City of Evanston, Catherine worked for MWH Americas Inc. where she was a Supervising Engineer and Project Manager, and Resource Efficiency Management Group Leader. Catherine has a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Dayton, is a Registered Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Marilyn Johnson, Head of Global Sustainability for IHS Markit, is committed to advancing the culture and profession of sustainability, and adoption of sustainable business practices. Marilyn has over 20 years of experience developing and executing strategy to advance Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability in global companies. Marilyn is an active professional in the Sustainability field, including her role as President of the ISSP Board; an SASB Advisory Council member and through involvement with the AIHA Stewardship and Sustainability Committee. Johnson is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Sustainability Leadership program; Seattle University's Executive Leadership Program; holds a Master’s degree in Health Science from the University of Toronto; a Bachelor’s degree in Biology; and a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education, both from Queen’s University in Canada. Read more here.
Beth Knight oversees Strategy and Operations for EY’s Beacon Institute. She has over ten years' experience as a sustainability leader and management consultant in areas related to purpose-led transformation. Beth works with business leaders, board members and academics to deepen thought leadership, elevate the debate and accelerate the adoption of purposeful business strategy. With the Beacon Institute, she is responsible for convening early adopters and leading thinkers to enable the transition to a new, inclusive model of business that can navigate the disruptive forces shaping the 21st century. Beth is an Ambassador for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and is a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Stakeholder Council. Read more here
Dr. Sarah E. Lewis is passionate about identifying and working through challenges at the interface of humans and the environment. A leader in the field of sustainability, Sarah is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, an author on articles related to perceptions of ecological integrity and improving supply chain sustainability, and the Managing Director of Members and Implementation with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). In her role at TSC she oversees working group and research integration strategy across consumer goods industry sectors. Her work with TSC focuses on directing research projects, developing implementation programs, and managing member relationships in order to drive the development and use of TSC Product Sustainability Toolkits. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics, a Master of Arts in French, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and French Secondary Education. An award-winning educator, Sarah is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Sociology and serves on a number of graduate student committees. She is also an active and recognized sustainability leader in her community, having served as an elected official on the Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council, and currently serves as a board member of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership and the Walton Arts Center Council. Read more here.
Sven Lundie is a management consultant and sustainability expert with hands-on experience across a broad range of industries including energy, finance, FMCG, food, health care and pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, (waste)water and waste sector. Currently based in Hamburg, Germany, Sven has been consulting and teaching on sustainability in Europe and Australasia since 1994, collaborating with multi-national companies, international organizations, research institutes and public authorities. His areas of expertise include sustainability and business strategy development, product and corporate assessment and benchmarking, sustainable product portfolio development, life cycle management, change management and organizational development. Sven has also held leadership roles in expert groups, such as UNEP/SETAC, International Expert Group for Life Cycle Assessment for integrated waste management, International Dairy Federation and Standards Australia. Sven is a visiting fellow at UNSW Australia and a guest lecturer at University of Hamburg. He has published more than 40 peer reviewed journal papers.
Doug Melnick, AICP, CNUA, was named the City of San Antonio’s first Chief Sustainability Officer in March 2014. He leads the Office of Sustainability, as well as the City’s sustainability efforts and policies in the areas of sustainable transportation, municipal sustainability, and energy management. He oversaw the development of the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan, which covers the community, as well as municipal operations, and serves as a datadriven and measurable plan structured around social, environmental, and economic sustainability, with a special focus on resilience. Mr. Melnick also coordinates the City of San Antonio's air quality and climate efforts. He has over twelve years of local government experience and previously served as Director of Planning & Sustainability for the City of Albany, NY, the capitol of New York State. Mr. Melnick serves as a core member of the Urban Sustainability Director's Network (USDN) and is Chairman of the Board for Build San Antonio Green. Read more here
Ronald Morrison, MES, RPP, MCIP is a registered professional planner and founder of Sustainability North Inc., Calgary, Canada, providing advisory services in planning for sustainability. With more than thirty years of experience, his work has addressed principles of sustainability in many different project areas. He has worked for several major international engineering firms, along with the federal and provincial governments. For the past two years, he served as Vice-Chair of the National Initiatives Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Mr. Morrison has managed and directed environmental assessments of many development projects and consulted on assignments across Canada. He has advised on mega scale energy projects in the oil sands and on other projects extending from the Canadian Arctic to the Caribbean. His international experience includes institutional strengthening projects for Jamaica, Mexico and Chile. He is well published and much of his current practice focuses on planning for GHG reductions, environmental performance metrics and baselines, and mitigation in transition to a low carbon economy. Read more here
Maria Dian Nurani has been assisting government, companies and other organisations in preparing their sustainability strategic management, for more than 20 years, including assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluating and reporting. She received the AtKisson Group’s top honour “Compass Educator of the Year 2013” award, a recognition for her exceptional work in spreading sustainable development competency. She was involved in the development of ISO 26000; is the Vice Head of Standing Committee on Social Responsibility of the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN); the Vice Head of the Association of Environmental Engineering Alumni of Bandung Institute of Technology (IATL ITB); and the co-founder and Secretary General of the ISSP Indonesia Chapter; and Fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) International. She has a Bachelors in Environmental Engineering and Masters in Communication Management.
Tad Radzinski is co-founder and President of Sustainable Solutions Corporation and Certification Officer for GreenCircle Certified, LLC. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and M.S. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP). Tad also served as the Waste Minimization Program National Expert for the Environmental Protection Agency from 1997 to 2007. With 30 years of practical experience, Tad has been a trusted advisor for Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries. He has assisted clients with the development and integration of sustainable product innovation programs, has been instrumental in assisting clients with developing more sustainable products and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs, and has experience with the Health Product Declaration Pilot Program. Tad has also certified close to 30 buildings to various LEED rating systems. Tad is a recognized industry expert, educator, and speaker. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University and assisted with development of the Masters of Sustainable Engineering Degree Program. He teaches graduate classes in Sustainable Manufacturing, and Advanced Life Cycle Assessment/Introduction to Sustainable Product Design, and Sustainable Buildings and Operations. Read more here.
Fabian Sack, PhD has been an Australian thought leader in sustainability over 25 years. He has held senior private and public sector roles in the water, infrastructure and energy sectors. His company Sustainably now works collaboratively with governments, NGOs, higher education and businesses. Fabian’s areas of special interest are skills for sustainability, social and environmental impact reporting methodologies and our society’s resilience in the face of global climate, social and economic change. Fabian holds a PhD in corporate environmental ethics and is an associate of the University of Sydney. Fabian is a Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and is also one of the first ISSP Certified Sustainability Professionals in Australia. Fabian currently sits on the Total Environment Centre Management Committee and is a member of the Australian National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Project Review Committee. Read more here
Rosalinda Sanquiche is Executive Director & COO, Ethical Markets Media. She globally manages the Green Transition Scoreboard® tracking trillions in private green investments; EthicMark Awards for advertising; Ethical Money Directory setting standards for professionally managed assets incorporating ESG criteria; and Principles of Ethical Biomimicry Finance®. Her childhood hiking Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest convinced her we must behave sustainably to preserve our magnificent world for generations. She has written for The Guardian, Sustainable Brands, CSRWire, Builder/Architect and others on environment, sustainability and media, and taught environmental policy and field classes combining ecology and policy. She advises Synergy Asset Strategies, Inc., and 3 Sisters Investments. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with awards from the National Science and National Hispanic Foundations, earning an MA in Environmental and Resource Policy as a George Washington University Fellow.
Marsha Willard, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of AXIS, a consulting firm founded in 1990. Marsha applies her management consulting, training and facilitation skills to help organizations find responsible solutions that meet all stakeholder needs: owners, customers, employees, the community and the environment. AXIS is recognized for its expertise in the implementation of sustainability. Marsha and her partner have co-authored six popular business books including, The Business Guide to Sustainability and A Step by Step Guide to Sustainability Planning. She is a member of the faculty for the Bainbridge Graduate Institute where she teaches sustainability in business as part of the first year of the MBA program. Marsha is also co-founder and former Executive Director of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, a professional association serving the practitioners in the fast-growing sustainability arena. Read more here.
Jeff Yorzyk specializes in strategic environmental management and stewardship, with a focus on risk and opportunity management across the enterprise and into the supply chain. He has more than 20 years of experience in sustainability across a broad range of sectors, and has held leadership roles in both commercial and consulting companies spanning program development, software solutions, product sustainability and LCA, enterprise asset management and strategic management systems. Jeff believes that "pro bono" service is critical to both the profession and his personal mission to fuse sustainability into organizations. Prior to joining ISSP, he served on the Board of CORE Colorado as Vice President, President and Chair of the Board; and with P3 Colorado as Program Chair, Vice President and President of the Board. Currently the Director of Sustainability for Green Chef, the first USDA-certified organic meal kit delivery service, Jeff is avidly building a world-class sustainability program from the initial leadership position Green Chef has developed in a rapidly growing market. Jeff also spent ten years at Five Winds International, now thinkstep following acquisition in 2010. Jeff appears regularly as a guest lecturer on sustainability, and has delivered courses and workshops on life cycle assessment, management systems, and other sustainability topics. A founding member of the University of Colorado at Boulder Net Impact club, Jeff also founded the CU-Net Impact Case Competition in 2002. Read more here.
ISSP Board Member Selection Criteria and Process
The ISSP Board of Directors is made up of dedicated sustainability professionals who are members of ISSP and want to help expand ISSP's professional development and networking opportunities. Board terms are for two years, beginning in January or June. If you would like to know more about the selection criteria, process, and the roles and duties of board members, read the Board Criteria and Expectations description. If you would like to be considered for a position on the ISSP board, send an email with a brief description of your experience and particular area of interest to execdir (at) sustainabilityprofessionals (dot) org.
The following people hatched the idea of ISSP around 2005-6 and volunteered untold hours to incubate it:
- Marsha Willard (AXIS Performance Advisors)
- Darcy Hitchcock (AXIS Performance Advisors
- Larry Chalfan (Zero Waste Alliance)
- Dorothy Atwood (Zero Waste Alliance)
While ISSP is now its own 501C3, we will be forever grateful to the International Sustainable Development Foundation and the Zero Waste Alliance for their initial support during our start up years. ISDF and ZWA provided the organizational shell within which we gestated along with administrative, technical and moral support.
Governing Documents and Financial Statements
ISSP operates under a set of by-laws maintained by the board of directors. A copy of our by-laws is available below. The by-laws include the ISSP Conflict of Interest policy that all Board members are required to sign. Also below are copies of the 990 tax reports since the organization was incorporated in 2008 and the Form 1023.