Founders and Management
In June 2014, the board of directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) elected a new slate of officers with an eye toward creating even more value for sustainability professionals worldwide. The new ISSP Leadership Team consists of:
President - Julian Crawford, Eco-STEPS, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Vice President - Marilyn Johnson, IHS, Seattle, WA
Secretary - Marsha Willard, AXIS Performance Advisors, Portland, OR
Treasurer - Graham Russell, TruPoint Advisors, Denver, CO
Development Director - Laurel Sukup, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison WI
Past President - Dorothy Atwood, Atwood Consulting, Portland OR
See below for the full list of ISSP board members.
The management team is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ISSP.
- Maureen Hart Executive Director
- Christy Nordstrom Education Program Director
- Ray Berardinelli Marketing Director
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:
- Dorothy Fisher Atwood, Atwood Consulting
- Sarah Beaubien, Farmer Bros. Co.
- Scott Bennett, Capital One Canada
- Christophe Bongars, SustainAsia
- Unmesh Brahme, CXO Partners Worldwide and Climate Civics Institute
- Paul Brown, Patel College of Global Sustainability
- Julian Crawford, Eco Steps
- Marilyn Johnson, IHS
- Stephan Levitsky, ASR Group, Inc.
- Sarah Lewis, The Sustainability Consortium
- KJ McCorry, eco-officiency, LLC
- Sogen Moodley, eThekwini Municipality (Durban Metro Council) South Africa
- Graham Russell, TruPoint Advisors
- Kathleen Shaver, Cisco
- Laurel Sukup, State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Tad Radzinski, Sustainable Solutions Corporation
- Bill Wallace, Wallace Futures Group, LLC
- Marsha Willard, AXIS Performance Advisors
- Rick Woodward, Coastwide Laboratories
- Jeff Yorzyk, Cardno Americas
ISSP Board of Directors
Dorothy Fisher Atwood has over 25 years of environmental consulting experience with the last ten years focused management systems implementation for private and public organizations. She is the Management Systems program manager for Zero Waste Alliance (ZWA), a Portland-based non-profit. Read more here.
Sarah Beaubien: As Director of Sustainability for Farmer Bros. Co., Sarah develops and implements strategy, process, and systems to support sustainability and corporate responsibility—linking people, planet, and profits. Through an innovative lens, she guides a culture of sustainability, both internally and with all stakeholder relationships. Through impact tracking, waste and water reduction, greenhouse gas emission reduction, renewable energy, sustainable coffee portfolio management, stakeholder engagement, and stewardship projects, Sarah aspires to create transparent and sustainable coffee, tea, and spice supply systems. Prior to her current role, Sarah spent six years as an Account Manager and a Product Manager at Coffee Bean International, a division of Farmer Brothers. Before joining Coffee Bean International, Sarah spent ten years planning and coordinating marketing strategy in various industries. Sarah holds a BA from The Colorado College in Literature and Secondary Education and an MBA from the University of Portland in Marketing and Sustainability. During her non-working hours, Sarah is active in Slow Food USA and the Oregon Food Bank and enjoys yoga, biking, reading, photography, urban farming, cooking, exploring local restaurants and food carts, traveling, and adventuring with her husband and young son. Read more here.
Scott Bennett has worked for several global companies over a 15 year career in technology. As a Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP), he has a great ability to explain complex ideas in simple terms for all to understand. In 2006, Scott discovered a passion for green living after reading the National Best Seller, The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery. Since then, Scott has made both his personal and professional life more sustainable. Scott has pioneered the environmental sustainability program at Capital One Canada. From starting an active Green Team Committee in 2008, to engaging employees, he has demonstrated his knowledge and passion for going green can motivate others to change. In 2010, Scott and his team were able to make Capital One Canada a carbon neutral business. Scott is an experienced environmental sustainability professional with a number of successes under his belt. Scott has contributed to the Greening Greater Toronto report on Paper Procurement where he shared how Capital One reduced their environmental impacts by using 100% post-consumer waste paper (which the report concludes is the most environmentally friendly paper). He is also a member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Committee. Read more here.
Christophe Bongars is founder and CEO of SustainAsia Ltd, a corporate sustainability and clean technologies investment advisory firm in Asia Pacific. He has 23 years of experience in business development, clean technologies, large-scale industrial and infrastructure project development and management. He successfully created, developed and managed projects and businesses in diverse countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. Based in Asia since 1995, he was Project Director for Air Liquide group until the end of 2001, developing and managing industrial projects. He then joined the Suez group as Ondeo Industrial solutions, Vice President Asia Pacific, pioneering innovative business solutions in water & environmental services in Asia, prior to starting SustainAsia in 2004. Mr Bongars is also Vice Chairman of the Sustainable Development committee of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong, Organizational Stakeholder of the Global reporting Initiative (GRI) in the Netherlands, and chairman of the Sustainable Development working group of the Business Environment Council in Hong Kong. He is an inaugural member of the Sustainable Investment Market (SIM) classification panel of the Financial and Climate Exchange (FEX) in Australia. He is a frequent speaker on issues of sustainable development, clean technologies and renewable energy. Mr. Bongars holds engineering degrees from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris and Paris VI University, and certificates in "International Project Management" program from INSEAD in Singapore and in "Public Policy program - Public Private Partnership" from NUS Singapore and Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Read more here.
Unmesh Brahme is a Yale World Fellow, President and co-founder of Climate Civics Institute, a community centric initiative in climate adaptation and policy innovation, and Managing Director & CEO of SustainabilityCXO Partners Worldwide, a high end boutique global advisory working with CEOs, top management and boards. Unmesh's experience spans over eighteen years across niche disciplines and issues at the corporate- community interface. He has worked extensively in corporate strategy, development finance, community development, corporate responsibility, sustainability, advertising, marketing, brand management with corporations, development agencies and many civil society institutions. Unmesh has contributed in a significant way to the development of corporate responsibility and strategic community investment during his extensive work with OXFAM, World Bank, Ogilvy & Mather, and more recently HSBC, where he headed the sustainability practice for India and has been responsible for HSBC's foray into a number of business aligned initiatives including significant Bottom of Pyramid (BOP) work in microfinance, financial literacy, environment, sustainability, climate change adaptation and mitigation, renewable energy, community investment, supply chain, employee volunteering, social enterprises and stakeholder engagement. At Ogilvy, Unmesh established India's first cause related marketing and brand social responsibility practice, working with a key international and local clients to deliver brand affinity communities, tactical communication, both mass media and below-the-line rural marketing, scalable issue impact and brand saliency. He serves on the board of Net Impact, Frontier Markets, PoverUp and Sesame Workshop India. Read more here.
Paul R. Brown, AICP, M.ASCE, Visiting Professor and Director of Applied Research, University of South Florida, Patel College of Global Sustainability. Mr. Brown has nearly 40 years experience in project development, project finance, and the planning and management of public utilities and environmental facilities for clients that include the states of California and Colorado; the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD); the Santa Clara Valley Water District; the Orange County (CA) Sanitation District, and the Orange County (CA) Water District.From 1975 to 2013, he held various positions at CDM Smith, a global engineering and construction company. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President and was a 12-year member of the firm’s Board of Directors. In addition, he was the Founding Technical Director of CDM Smith’s Neysadurai Centre for Integrated Urban Solutions in Singapore. Brown is co-editor (with Vladimir Novotny) of the book Cities of the Future: Towards Integrated Sustainable Water and Landscape Management, published by IWA; co-author (with Vladimir Novotny and Jack Ahern) of the book Water Centric Sustainable Communities, published by John Wiley & Sons; and a contributor to Growing Greener Cities: Urban Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Brown’s educational background includes an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1982); an MA from the University of Rochester (1973); and a BA from Tufts University (1971). Read more here.
Julian Crawford is a Chartered Accountant and Sustainability Consultant and has a science and business background. Having originally studied zoology at Oxford University, England, he then worked internationally as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Julian has over fifteen years’ experience in the futures and sustainability fields in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Julian was one of the founders of EcoSTEPS, a sustainability strategy and training consultancy. He now works as a Senior Advisor with Net Balance which is one of Australia’s leading sustainability services firms. Julian works in a senior advisory capacity on projects, particularly those with a strategic and futures focus, across all sectors including the private, government and civil society sectors. Julian has been a director of the Futures Foundation and Environs Australia. He is currently President of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. Read more here.
Marilyn Johnson, Director, Corporate Sustainability for IHS, is committed to advancing the culture and profession of sustainability, and adoption of sustainable business practices. Marilyn has nearly 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 VP 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.
Stephan Levitsky is an experienced executive with a unique mixture of water, wastewater, soil, brownfield, site, environmental compliance, and green building sustainability knowledge. He is a tenacious problem solver using environmental and social knowledge and data to make critical environmental and social sustainability decisions. Special strengths in identifying innovative and simple ways in reducing the use of resources, understanding social and environmental impacts, and working and communicating with companies, organizations, and agencies to implement these ideas, and has foundation skills in marketing, business strategy, P/L management, planning, and project direction. In his current role, Director, Corporate Sustainability with American Sugar Refining, Inc., he interacts with C-Level management creating sustainability mission, vision, and strategy for the entire organization. He implements that strategy across 16 facilities in 6 different countries. He drives energy, water, and waste reduction efforts across all facilities, and works with management staff at the facility level to understand barriers to implementing strategy and completing sustainability related projects, and assists in removing those barriers. 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 Research and Integration 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.
K.J. McCorry is the founder of eco-officiency which offers sustainability consulting services to small and medium businesses. She specializes in sustainability planning, assessments and employee training. She is a contributing author to Simple Path to Sustainability; Green Business Strategies for Small and Medium Sized Businesses released in 2011. K.J. is a current instructor for the Sustainability Practices program at the University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Center. She also serves on the University of Colorado Denver Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council. K.J. has served on multiple non-profit boards committed to social and environmental responsibility, Director of PassageWorks Institute and former co-President of CORE (Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy). She has held positions including Director of Businesses for Social Responsibility- Colorado Chapter; Past President and founding member of Colorado P3: People, Planet Profit. K.J. is an MBA graduate of the University of Denver and also a LEAD Fellow. She has certifications in LEED, GHG Accounting, and the GRI. Read more here.
Sogen Moodley is a Senior Manager in the eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa. He has managed the city’s strategic planning process for over ten years and has authored two publications that tells the story of and documents lessons learned in eThekwini’s long term sustainability planning process. He has presented numerous papers and led sessions on strategic planning and capacity enhancement in local government at various countries internationally including Ethiopia, Senegal, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Rabat, Mexico, Spain, Canada and the US. He is also a skilled facilitator who has run international strategic planning workshops on behalf of the Municipality and the United Cities and Local Governments. He is currently managing eThekwini Municipality’s Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE), the first institute of this kind set up on the continent. Read more about MILE and Sogen.
Graham Russell is a sustainable business professional and sustainability consultant. He brings 25 years of CEO experience in small to mid-sized companies in the environmental services and transportation industries to the task of helping organizations understand how a strategy based on the principles of sustainability drives innovation, competitive advantage, job creation and improved financial performance. Through TrupointAdvisors, he provides consulting services to companies wishing to develop and implement a sustainability-based strategy as well as strategic marketing and planning services to companies in the environmental services and cleantech industries with a special focus on waste elimination and water-related services. Russell is presently the Outreach Ambassador for the Managing for Sustainability Program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School, where he also directs sustainability courses in the MBA program and chairs the School’s Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council. He is also the program coordinator for the Colorado Association for Recycling’s annual conference and a frequent writer and speaker on the subject of the benefits of sustainability-based strategies for companies. He is co-author of “A Simple Path to Sustainability – Green Strategies for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses.” Read more here.
Kathleen Shaver serves as Director of Sustainability and Risk for Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking technology and transforming how people connect, communicate, and collaborate. In this capacity, Kathleen leads product environmental compliance, sustainability, ethical sourcing and risk management for Cisco's worlwide supply chain. She also serves the broader electronics manufacturing industry as the Vice Chairman of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and served as a member of the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) Technical Advisory Committee from 2012-2014. Kathleen's prior experience includes sustainability and regulatory addairs roles at Mattel, Allied Signal and Honeywell as well as serving as President of the Chlorine Institute. Read more here.
Laurel Sukup works as the Chief Sustainability and Business Support Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fostering environmental “beyond compliance”. Laurel is also a founding member of Sustainable Northwoods – a newly formed business-to-business group focusing on the hurdles of rural economies. Laurel has a strong mix of skills to empower businesses to reach their fullest potential. Shifting from traditional regulator to sustainability advocate, she has worked with the business community, governments and NGO’s to seek solutions that would provide for growth that balanced economic, environmental and social components. Laurel has assisted over 500 companies, often large, international entities (Kimberly Clark, Harley Davidson, PCA); local small/medium sized business (manufacturers, B&Bs); trade associations/entire industries (Master Loggers/wood products); institutes of higher education (Northland College, Nicolet College, UW-Superior); as well as Wisconsin communities (Rhinelander, Bayfield, Ashland, Superior) with sustainability efforts. Laurel has expertise in and brings practical implementation skills in the following areas: developing non-regulatory approaches for business through the voluntary Wisconsin Green Tier Program, ISO14000, Triple Bottom Line: non-profit fundraising/membership recruitment; directing a Department’s Green Team (980 Employees/ 300buildings); fostering business-to-business sustainability knowledge transfers; and providing technical assistance (biomass, energy/ water efficiency/conservation, waste reduction, P2, GRI and EMS/ISO14000, TBL). Read more here.
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.
William A. (Bill) Wallace is an educator and consultant in the field of sustainable engineering. He currently teaches a distance learning graduate course for the University of Florida called “Principles of Green Engineering Design”, and is developing the American Society of Civil Engineers’ course, “Engineering for a Sustainable Future”. He also serves on several national and international committees and boards. Bill’s book, Becoming Part of the Solution: The Engineer’s Guide to Sustainable Development, is used throughout the engineering industry. He is also the inventor and lead designer for Envision™, a sustainable infrastructure rating system, sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and Harvard University. While at CH2M HILL, he started the firm’s sustainable engineering practice which led the company’s foray into the Olympic Games: Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Beijing and London. Bill received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and an M.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Read more here.
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.
Rick Woodward is a graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Masters in Business Administration. He is active in various industry and business groups discussing the measurement and communication of the value of sustainability of both products and processes. He is a frequent guest lecturer at various colleges, universities, and business groups presenting sustainability as a critical success factor and corporate strategy for value creation. Mr. Woodward is the Corporate Director of Operations and Sustainability for Coastwide Laboratories, a Staples Company, a leading chemical formulator and distributor of janitorial and sanitary maintenance products in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Woodward serves on the boards of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals and the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability. He is a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and the Responsible Purchasing Network.
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 over 20 years of experience in sustainability across a broad range of sectors, holding leadership roles in Corporate Sustainability Solutions, Product Sustainability & 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 a Senior Program Manager at Cardno Americas, Jeff works with public and commercial clients on management system approaches and decision support tools that reduce environmental and social risk, increase operational effectiveness and maximize the resilience of enterprise assets. Jeff also spent ten years at Five Winds International, now PE International following acquisition in 2010. Jeff appears regularly as a guest lecturer on sustainability, and has delivered courses and workshops on Life Cycle Assessment. 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.
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.
ISSP operates under a set of by-laws maintained by the board of directors. A copy of our by-laws is available below.
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