Leadership Team Bolstered Further as ISSP's Long-Time Education and Marketing Managers Move Into Director Roles
February 2014 - Maureen Hart has been chosen by the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) as the group's new Executive Director. Hart replaces Marsha Willard, who has served as ISSP's Executive Director since 2008. Marsha will remain active with the group as a board member and Executive Director Emeritus of the group she helped to establish in 2007.
With more than 20 years in the field, Hart brings a wealth of experience and sustainability knowledge to her new position. She is an expert in sustainability indicators and author of the Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators. As founder and owner of Sustainable Measures, a private consulting firm based in West Hartford, Connecticut, she has assisted a wide variety of large and small for-profit and not-for-profit organizations understand and develop more sustainable practices.
“A large pool of strong candidates applied for the executive director job,” said Dorothy Atwood, president of the ISSP Board of Directors. “Maureen rose to the top of that process. We are confident that she will provide the inspiration and drive that we want at the helm to take ISSP to the next level.
“I would also like to thank Marsha Willard for her inspired leadership of ISSP, from its conception under the wings of Zero Waste Alliance to where we are today, as the premier membership organization for sustainability professionals,” Atwood continued. “She has guided us to a great spot for a new executive director to pick up the reins and take us into our next phase of development.”
Commenting on her selection as ISSP's new Executive Director, Hart said, “Marsha will be a hard act to follow but I am thrilled to have been selected to take her place and lead the organization through its next stage of development. 2014 will be a very exciting year for ISSP. More local chapters are being formed, the sustainability professional certification process is underway, new on-line and in person educational opportunities are being planned, and the ISSP Conference 2014 in Denver this November will be ISSP's largest face-to-face gathering to date. I look forward to partnering with ISSP members and other members of the sustainability community as, together, we work to take sustainability to the next level and make it standard practice in all organizations.”
In addition to Hart assuming the Executive Director role, the ISSP Leadership Team has been enhanced with the appointments of Christy Nordstrom and Ray Berardinelli to the positions of Education Program Director and Marketing Director respectively. Nordstrom has been serving in the role of ISSP's Education Program Manager since 2010
and Berardinelli has been ISSP's Marketing Manager since 2011. Their appointments to Director level positions reflect their contributions to the development of ISSP into the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals.