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, Green Chef, Golden, CO, USA
- Vice President - Sarah Lewis, The Sustainabiliity Consortium, Fayetteville, AR, USA
- Secretary - Marsha Willard, AXIS Performance Advisors, Portland, OR, USA
- Treasurer - Erik Foley, Penn State's Sustainability Institute, State College, PA, USA
- Development Director - Simon Harvey, BusinessLAB, Auckland, New Zealand
- Past President - Marilyn Johnson, IHS, 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 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, Director of Sustainability at University of Richmond, USA
- Sarah Beaubien, Tillamook County Creamery Association, USA
- Christophe Bongars, SustainAsia, Hong Kong
- Nicole Bradford, Cbus, Australia
- Unmesh Brahme, CXO Partners Worldwide and Climate Civics Institute, India
- Lucinda Brown, STET Sustainability Consulting, USA
- Paul Brown, Paul Redvers Brown, Inc., USA
- Julian Crawford, EcoSTEPS, Australia
- Alejandro Florenzano, Center for Sustainable Production, Chile
- Erik Foley, Sustainability Institute, Penn State University, USA
- Simon Harvey, The Natural Step, New Zealand
- Catherine Hurley, City of Evanston, IL, USA
- Marilyn Johnson, IHS, USA
- Sarah Lewis, The Sustainability Consortium, USA
- Sven Lundie, bei thinkstep AG, Germany
- Maria Dian Nurani, CSR and Sustainability Consultant, Indonesia
- Tad Radzinski, Sustainable Solutions Corporation, USA
- Rosalinda Sanquiche, Ethical Markets Media, USA
- Marsha Willard, AXIS Performance Advisors, USA
- Jeff Yorzyk, Cardno Americas, 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 Beaubien. As Director of Sustainability and Corporate Stewardship for Tillamook County Creamery Association, 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 portfolio management, stakeholder engagement, and stewardship projects, Sarah aspires to create transparent and sustainable dairy supply systems. Prior to her current role, Sarah spent ten years in the coffee industry. 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 exploring the local food scene, traveling, and adventuring with her family. 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.
Nicole Bradford is an Investment Manager, ESG for Cbus, an Australian pension fund, and is based in Sydney, Australia. She has a strong interest in sustainable finance and the responsibility of the investment community to help shape the society of the future. Nicole has over 20 years experience in the application of sustainability thinking in corporate roles, consulting and government and has worked and lived in Asia and Europe. Her previous role with GE Capital involved integrating environmental and social policies across financial products in Asia, including China. As a consultant, she advised FTSE100 companies on sustainability strategy, reporting, assurance and stakeholder engagement under the GRI and AA1000 Social Accountability Standard. Early in her career, Nicole was also involved with the development of Australian environmental protection legislation which is still in force today. Nicole holds a BSc (REM), Master of Environmental Law and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance.
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.
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.
Paul R. Brown, AICP, M.ASCE, President, Paul Redvers Brown, Inc. 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 former 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. 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 Manager for the City of Evanston, Illinois, USA where she is responsible for implementing programs and policies to support environmental, economic and social sustainability for Evanston. She manages the City’s Climate Action Plan and STAR Community Rating, which provides a framework for reporting and continuous improvement around community sustainability. She oversees 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, Director, Corporate Sustainability for IHS, 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.