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, EcoSTEPS, 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 - Sarah Beaubien, Farmer Brothers Co, Portland, OR
Past President - Dorothy Atwood, Atwood Consulting, Portland OR
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 and Outreach
- Ray Berardinelli, Marketing
- Stephen Dworkin, 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, Environmental Leadership Program, University of Virginia
- Dorothy Fisher Atwood, Atwood Consulting
- Sarah Beaubien, Farmer Bros. Co.
- Christophe Bongars, SustainAsia
- Unmesh Brahme, CXO Partners Worldwide and Climate Civics Institute
- Paul Brown, Patel College of Global Sustainability
- Julian Crawford, EcoSTEPS
- Alejandro Florenzano, Center for Sustainable Production
- Erik Foley, Sustainability Institute, Penn State University
- Simon Harvey, The Natural Step
- Marilyn Johnson, IHS
- Stephan Levitsky, ASR Group, Inc.
- Sarah Lewis, The Sustainability Consortium
- Tad Radzinski, Sustainable Solutions Corporation
- Graham Russell, TruPoint Advisors
- Kathleen Shaver, Cisco
- Laurel Sukup, State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Marsha Willard, AXIS Performance Advisors
- Jeff Yorzyk, Cardno Americas
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.
Dorothy Fisher Atwood. Dorothy is the principal of her own Oregon-based sustainability consultancy. She has over 30 years of experience in management systems and sustainability consulting. Her focus is helping organizations integrate sustainability, energy performance improvement or environmental stewardship into their organizational fabric using management system tools (e.g. ISO 50001 or ISO 14001). Ms. Atwood is co-founder and on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). She instructs for the on-line ISSP sustainability certificate program and the University of Oregon Sustainability Leadership program. She also co-manages the Portland-based ResourceFull Use program that explores innovative methods for resource sharing and by-product synergies between organizations. 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.
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 Director in Ernst & Young’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice in Sydney, Australia specialising in strategy, advisory, reporting and assurance. He has over 25 years industry and consulting experience across a broad range of sustainability issues. Julian has a science and business background. Having originally studied zoology at Oxford University, England, he then worked internationally as a Chartered Accountant. He has worked extensively on international sustainability initiatives including the Global Reporting Initiative, Global Footprint Network and The Natural Step. He is a former director of the Futures Foundation. These various roles together with international work experience in Australia, UK, Europe, US, New Zealand and the Pacific have given him outstanding global perspectives and experience in the rapidly evolving sustainability environment. Julian’s current focus is on a range of sustainability ‘thought leadership’ activities including emerging business models, integrated reporting and the circular economy. He is currently President of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. 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 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 practice 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 and Chair of TNS in New Zealand. Simon is also a director of BusinessLAB, a forward thinking consultancy that facilitates collaborative strategy solutions for client’s seeking a more participatory approach to strategic planning. Simon’s recent projects include developing and delivering the Adding Sustainable Value strategy2action training programme, a partnership with Otago Polytechnic that delivers tangible business outcomes to align core business activities with sustainable practice, whilst earning tertiary qualifications. Simon is passionate about helping people work better together - harnessing the power of collaboration and the inspiration of sustainability to achieve better results. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- ISSP Bylaws
- ISSP Form 1023 501c3 Application
- 2008 990 Tax Return
- 2009 990 Tax Return
- 2010 990 Tax Return
- 2011 990 Tax Return
- 2012 990 Tax Return
- 2013 990 Tax Return
These documents are provided to ensure transparency in the operation of ISSP.