Founders and Management
In July 2013, the board of directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) restructured and elected a slate of officers that have taken a much more active role in leading the organization. The new ISSP Leadership Team consists of:
President - Dorothy Atwood, Atwood Consulting, Portland OR
Vice President - Julian Crawford, Eco-Steps, Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, Australia
Secretary - Laurel Sukup, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison WI
Treasurer - Rick Woodward, Coastwide Laboratories, Wilsonville OR
Development Director - Stephan Levitsky, ASR Group Inc., Baltimore MD
The restructuring allows ISSP to more fully leverage the talents of its board members with an eye toward creating even more value for sustainability professionals worldwide. For more information about the election and responsibilities of the Leadership Team, visit this page.
The management team is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ISSP.
- Maureen Hart Executive Director
- Dorothy Atwood President (liaison to Board)
- Christy Nordstrom Education Program Director
- Ray Berardinelli Marketing Director
This international group of professionals provide guidance and oversight to ISSP. To see biographies of each board member, click on an individual name of follow this link.
- Dorothy Fisher Atwood, Atwood Consulting
Jill Bamburg, Bainbridge Graduate Institute
Scott Bennett, Capital One Canada
Christophe Bongars, SustainAsia
Unmesh Brahme, CXO Partners Worldwide and Climate Civics Institute
Julian Crawford, Eco Steps
Marilyn Johnson, IHS
Stephan Levitsky, ASR Group, Inc.
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
Bill Wallace, Wallace Futures Group, LLC
Marsha Willard, AXIS Performance Advisors
Rick Woodward, Coastwide Laboratories
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)
ISSP Board of Directors
Dorothy Fisher Atwood is one of the founders of International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and serves on the management team. She is an independent consultant based in Portland, Oregon with over 30 years of sustainability and environmental consulting experience. Her practice focuses on using management systems to integrate sustainable practices into organizations. Projects include training and development of implementation tools and procedures for energy, sustainability and environmental management systems including ISO 14001 and ISO 50001. Ms Atwood is an instructor for the University of Oregon's Sustainability Leadership Workshop Series and has co-authored two booklets on management systems: Developing Effective Systems for Managing Sustainability and Embedding Sustainability into Your EMS.
Jill Bamburg is the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI), which she helped to co-found in 2002. She also serves as a member of the Core Faculty there, teaching courses in Sustainable Business, Social Justice and Strategy. She is also the author of Getting to Scale: Growing Your Business without Selling Out (Berrett-Koehler, 2006).
Her academic experience includes seven years of teaching marketing, strategy, and general management to mid-career managers in the Graduate Management Program at Antioch University/Seattle.
Before moving into management education, Bamburg served seven years in a variety of marketing roles at Aldus Corporation, the inventors of desktop publishing and creators of the PageMaker software program. She is a lifelong environmentalist and spent her 20s living and working in Wyoming, including eight years of community journalism experience in Jackson Hole and a year and a half as the publisher of the environmental biweekly, High Country News. For the last 10 years, she has served on the board of the Positive Futures Network, the publisher of YES! magazine.
Bamburg lives on Bainbridge Island with her partner, Nani Baran; daughter, Katie Gao; and stepsons Matt, Chris and Graham Baran-Mickle.
Scott A. Bennett. Scott resides in Toronto and manages environmental sustainability at Capital One Canada. In 2012, Scott completed the ISSP Sustainability Professional Certificate and became a strong advocate for the ISSP organization. He launched the first ISSP chapter in Canada, the Greater Toronto ISSP chapter. Scott’s background in sustainability began in 2007 when he started a business called Carbon Diet to teach people how to reduce their impact on the environment. Scott has since written many newspaper articles and has built a free online resource for people to learn how to go green (see http://www.carbondiet.ca/).
When Scott joined Capital One Canada in 2008, he started the first Green Team as a bottom-up approach to sustainability. One of Scott’s notable accomplishments is taking the business carbon neutral in 2010. Scott has an established a reputation in Capital One as a thought leader in sustainability.
Scott holds a bachelors degree in business administration and is a Certified Business Analyst Professional.
As an active member of the community, Scott is currently on the Town of Whitby Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Kashwakamak Lake Sustainability Planning Committee, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Committee. He is a strong advocate for sustainability and is proud to own a home with solar panels on the roof.
Christophe Bongars, Founder and CEO, SustainAsia Ltd: Mr. Bongars has 23 years of experience in the field of business development, clean technologies, large-scale industrial and infrastructure project development and management. He has 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.
SustainAsia is a corporate sustainability and clean technologies investment advisory firm in Asia Pacific. Since 2004, SustainAsia provides advisory services, expertise and tools to high performance companies and investors seeking to enhance their long term economic performance while minimizing their environmental impact. SustainAsia is the Asia Pacific partner of Enablon, a global leader of governance, risk and compliance IT solutions. SustainAsia provides independent expertise on cleantech investments as well as environmental and energy infrastructure projects in Asia Pacific, assessing risks and opportunities, as well as participating in the due diligence of private equity investments, project financing or merger and acquisition transactions. Main clients: Citigroup, China Light and Power (CLP), Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx), Financial and Energy Exchange (FEX), Carlyle Group, Goldman Sachs, Gerson Lehrman Group, AEA Investors, Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Co., McKinsey & Co. To know more http://www.sustainasia.com
Christophe Bongars is 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 also a frequent speaker on issues of sustainable development, clean technologies and renewable energy.
Mr. Bongars holds various engineering degrees with the E.N.S.C.P (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris) and Paris VI University, as well as 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.
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, which he founded in collaboration with global sustainability leadership practitioners and thinkers.
Unmesh's continuing and interdisciplinary area of focus is research, impact modeling, business structuring and policy dialog on social entrepreneurship, climate change, social venture funds and the broader theme of sustainability and corporate strategy in its application to emerging economies.
Unmesh's experience spans over eighteen years across niche disciplines and issues at the corporate- community interface. He has worked extensively across verticals and domains 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. During Unmesh's tenure with HSBC, the bank established itself as a key player on the India sustainability scene and led the financial institutions sector on a number of fronts in cutting edge sustainability work. Among other awards, HSBC's work was commended at the FICCI-Businessworld Award and the Economic Times Corporate Citizenship Award.
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. His work in brand reputation management and creative consumer connect fetched Ogilvy the Asian Brand Marketing Effectiveness Award and the PR Week Asia Award, among many other awards, accolades and citations.
Unmesh is the moving force behind niche initiatives in brand-cause connect, fair trade, energy needs at the bottom of pyramid, microfinance, social venture investing, inclusive international relations and public diplomacy, and is presently working with global partners to launch social enterprises in these domains. Unmesh plays an advisory role to a number of sustainability and not-for-profit institutions and is a mentor to students in business schools and graduate institutions. He serves on the board of Net Impact, Frontier Markets, PoverUp and Sesame Workshop India. Unmesh Brahme teaches and speaks on sustainability strategy, BOP markets, climate change, microfinance, international relations, geopolitics and emerging markets at business schools worldwide and at number of national and global forums.
Julian Crawford is a Chartered Accountant and Sustainability Consultant with over 30 years practical experience. He has a science and business background.
Having originally studied zoology at Oxford University, England, he then worked internationally as a
Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he became a Senior Manager and National Technical & Training Manager.
In 1999 he became a founding director of EcoSTEPS Pty Ltd (www.ecosteps.com.au) which is a sustainability strategy consultancy based in Australia and New Zealand. He is editor of the EcoSTEPS netletter and is a regular contributor to magazines such as Ecos, EcoFutures and Executive Excellence.
Marilyn Johnson is Director, Corporate Sustainability for IHS, where she leads Global Sustainability efforts for 6000+ colleagues located in over 100 offices. Marilyn has over 15 years of operational and corporate roles in Environment, Health and Safety, with responsibilities in areas of sustainability, industrial hygiene, EHS auditing, chemical management and regulatory affairs work with Fortune 500 companies. Marilyn believes in a comprehensive, holistic approach to Sustainability, grounded in values based decision making, acting with care and operating efficiently.
Marilyn is an advisory board member at the Stephen F Austin University in Texas- Center for a Livable World, and participates in the Business-NGO Chemicals Policy Principles Group. Marilyn also participates in the AIHA Stewardship and Sustainability Committee where she received the AIHA Outstanding Individual Contributor Award, in 2011. 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.
Stephan Levitsky. Experienced Executive with broad base of water, wastewater, soil, Brownfield, site, compliance, and Green Building Environmental Sustainability knowledge. Tenacious problem solver using environmental knowledge and data to make critical environmental sustainability decisions. Special Strengths in identifying innovative and simple ways in reducing the use of resources, understanding environmental impacts, and working and communicating with companies, organizations, and agencies to implement these ideas. Foundation skills in marketing, business strategy, P/L management, planning, and project direction.
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 has been an avid environmentalist for over 25 years cultivating sustainability within her own personal and professional lives. For the past 12 years, K.J. has served as one of the leading efficiency and productivity consultants for companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Her work has been committed to streamlining processes to not only create efficiency but also sustainability.
She is a contributing author to Simple Path to Sustainability; Green Business Strategies for Small and Medium Sized Businesses released in 2011. She is currently writing her next book, Becoming the Paperless Office due out 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.
She was selected as a finalist for the 2008 Oppenheimer Funds Entrepreneur of the Year Award, who recognizes entrepreneurs who have successfully built businesses and positively impacted the community.
K.J. has served on multiple non-profit boards committed to social and environmental responsibility, she currently serves as co-President of CORE (Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy); Director of International Society of Sustainability Professionals; Director of PassageWorks Institute and President of Sundance Homeowners Association. She has held positions including Director of Businesses for Social Responsibility- Colorado Chapter; Past President and founding member of P3: People, Planet Profit; and Treasurer for Extras for Education.
K.J. is certified with the following programs:
- SCORE assessment tool
- Global Reporting Initiative
- Sustainable Professional Certificate with the International Society of Sustainability Professionals
- ISIS Method
- LEAD Fellow
K.J. is an MBA graduate of the University of Denver, now ranked as one of the top business schools in business ethics according to the Wall Street Journal, 2007. Her undergraduate degree in Psychology is from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. She is based in Boulder, Colorado.
Sogen Moodley is a Senior Manager in the Office of the City Manager, eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa. He has managed the city’s strategic planning process for over ten years and has authored the City’s first in-house publication Making City Strategy Come Alive which documents the lessons learned during his experience as a strategic planner. He has also authored The Power of Imagination which tells the story of and documents lessons learned in eThekwini’s long term planning process. He has presented numerous papers and led sessions on strategic planning and capacity enhancement in local government at various countries internationally including Lagos, Ethiopia, Senegal, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Spain, Canada and the US. He is also a skilled facilitator who has run numerous international strategic planning workshops on behalf of the Municipality, the UCLG and the Sustainable Cities International Network.
He is currently managing eThekwini Municipality’s Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE), the first ever institute of this kind set up on the continent. MILE provides technical support to municipalities, facilitates knowledge management and provides local government capacity enhancement services. For more information please visit www.mile.org.za.
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 (www.trupointadvisors.com), 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 was the creator in 2006 of the Sustainable Opportunities Summit, now the largest sustainable business conference in the Rocky Mountain Region. He currently directs an MBA course in sustainable business at the University of Colorado, Denver, Business School, and chairs the School’s Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council. He is 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 Business Strategies for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses"
Kathleen Shaver is the Director of Corporate Responsibility for Mattel the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. In 2008 she launched Mattel’s initiative to connect with the corporation’s many stakeholders including socially responsible investors and NGOs on corporate responsibility matters. Kathleen leads corporate responsibility reporting initiatives including the development of the corporation’s Global Citizenship Reports and was recently named to The Global Reporting Initiative’s Technical Advisory Committee. Kathleen brings a diverse set of experiences to the practice of corporate social responsibility. Previous roles include serving as President of the Chlorine Institute and Vice President of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association. Her private sector experience also includes directing environmental, health and safety affairs for several business units of AlliedSignal and Honeywell. She has held academic faculty appointments with major institutions including the University of Maryland and University of Central Missouri teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in sustainability and stakeholder engagement. http://www.responsiblecare.org/flashpresenation.htmlA frequent speaker and recognized mentor for professionals starting out in the CSR field, Kathleen serves as a member of Net Impact’s Corporate Advisory Board and as the Practitioner in Residence for the Presidio School of Management’s Sustainability Executive Education Program. She holds a M.S. in environmental health science from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in public policy from American University.
Laurel Sukup. Currently, I work for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fostering environmental “beyond compliance”. I also am a founding member of Sustainable Northwoods – a newly formed business-to-business group focusing on the hurdles of rural economies. I have a strong mix of skills to empower businesses to reach their fullest potential. Shifting from traditional regulator to sustainability advocate, I have worked with the business community, governments and NGO’s to seek solutions that would provide for growth that balanced economic, environmental and social components. I have 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. I have expertise in and bring practical implementation skills in the following areas:
- Develop 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
Provide technical assistance (biomass, energy/ water efficiency/conservation, waste reduction, P2, GRI and EMS/ISO14000, TBL)
William A. (Bill) Wallace is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability, serving on several national and international professional society committees, and operating a successful consulting practice in sustainable engineering. His book, Becoming Part of the Solution: The Engineer’s Guide to Sustainable Development, has been a “best seller” for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). Currently, he is the lead designer for Envision™, a sustainable infrastructure rating system, sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Bill served as a Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, an international organization of over 200 multi-national companies, all with a shared commitment to sustainability. He currently is a Member of the Board of GeoEngineers, Inc., an environmental, ecological and geotechnical firm headquartered in Seattle. He also served as the President and Member the Governing Board of Engineers Without Borders-USA, and as a Member of the Board of Engineers Without Borders-International.
Bill is currently an instructor for the University of Florida’s Electronic Delivery of Graduate Engineering (EDGE) program, teaching “Advanced Green Engineering Design and Sustainability.” He has also designed and delivered other popular sustainable engineering courses including ACEC’s 4-day “Green Infrastructure and Sustainable Communities” course, and the ISI accreditation courses for Envision™ Sustainability Professionals (ENV SP) and ISI Verifiers.
Bill has over 40 years of professional experience, including 30 years in the field of environmental engineering and management. He spent 21 years at CH2M HILL holding various senior management positions including a three-year term on the board of directors. Bill started the firm’s sustainable engineering practice and led the company’s foray into the Olympic Games, providing environmental and support services to Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake City and Beijing.
Bill received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and has served on the University’s Engineering Advisory Council for over 10 years. He received an M.S. in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP104).
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.
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.
Until recently, Mr. Woodward served as 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.
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 here.