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, ISSP-CSP, Hello Fresh, Boulder, CO, USA
- Vice President - Fabian Sack, ISSP-CSP, Sustainably, Australia
- Secretary - Marsha Willard, ISSP-CSP, AXIS Performance Advisors, Portland, OR, USA
- Treasurer - Lucinda Brown, ISSP-CSP, STET Sustainability Consulting, Norwich, VT, USA
- Development Director - Catherine Hurley, ISSP-CSP, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
- Past President - Rob Andrejewski, ISSP-SA, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, USA
See below for the full list of ISSP board members.
The ISSP Staff is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ISSP.
- Stephen Dworkin, Certification & Social Media
- Gina MacIlwraith, ISSP-SA, Operations
- Emily Walsh, Marketing & Outreach
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:
- Sarah Alexander, GBCI, District of Columbia, USA
- Rob Andrejewski, ISSP-SA, University of Richmond, USA
- Sarah Beyea, ISSP-SA, Tavares Group Consulting, Canada
- Lucinda Brown, ISSP-CSP, STET Sustainability Consulting, USA
- Neil Drobny, ISSP-CSP, Ohio State University, USA
- Jacqueline Drumheller, Alaska Airlines, USA
- Harry Gordon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Gordon + Gordon Architecture, New York, USA
- Catherine Hurley, ISSP-CSP, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
- Beth Knight, ISSP-CSP, Beacon Institute, EY, United Kingdom
- Sarah Lewis, ISSP-SA, The Sustainability Consortium, USA
- Doug Melnick, ISSP-SA, City of San Antonio, Texas, USA
- Ronald Morrison, Sustainability North Inc., Canada
- Maria Dian Nurani, ISSP-CSP, Re.Mark Asia, Indonesia
- Tad Radzinski, ISSP-CSP, Sustainable Solutions Corporation, USA
- Fabian Sack, ISSP-CSP, Sustainably, Australia
- Rosalinda Sanquiche, ISSP-SA, Well Written Consulting, USA
- Marsha Willard, ISSP-CSP, AXIS Performance Advisors, USA
- Jeff Yorzyk, ISSP-CSP, Green Chef, USA
ISSP Board of Directors
Sarah Alexander, As senior vice president of Credentialing and Certification at Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), Sarah is responsible for the professional credential and certification activities for GBCI’s suite of green business and sustainability products worldwide. GBCI administers credentials and certifications for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification, the world’s most widely used green building rating system, as well as PEER, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE, TRUE, City Climate Planner, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) and the GRESB benchmark. Through implementing rigorous credentialing and certification standards, Sarah and her team are dedicated to upholding GBCI’s mission to drive the adoption of green business practices, which fosters global competitiveness and enhances environmental performance and human health benefits. Read more here.
Rob Andrejewski, ISSP-SA, and Director of Sustainability at the University of Richmond, 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 Beyea, ISSP-SA is a Brand Specialist at Libro Credit Union. As a sustainability professional Sarah has assisted numerous organizations integrate sustainability and manage their environmental, social and economic impacts. She has over nine years of experience in project management and program implementation, and has worked on projects in a multiple sectors, including non‐profit, utilities, education, manufacturing, financial services and retail. Past projects she has contributed to include sustainability reporting, materiality assessment and gap analysis, compliance, training development, and sustainability implementation. Sarah has a B.A. (Hons) in Anthropology and a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of New Brunswick, and earned her Master of Environment and Sustainability from the University of Western Ontario. Sarah is a member of Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), the Project Management Institute (PMI), Pillar Non‐Profit Network, and was a member of the first cohort of ISSP‐SA’s. Read more here
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Lucinda F. Brown, ISSP-CSP, 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 an ISSP-CSP with an MBA from Georgetown, and a BFA in visual communications from Syracuse. Read more here.
Drew Bryck, ISSP-SA, is the Environmental Program Manager for the City of Avondale, Arizona. He is responsible for implementing the city’s comprehensive Municipal Sustainability Plan, adopted by City Council in 2014, the plan covers energy and water conservation, and social equity projects. Before taking on the role for Avondale, Mr. Bryck was an Urban Planner for the City of Phoenix. Drew holds a B.Sc. and M.A. in Sustainability and Public Policy from Arizona State University. He is currently working towards his MBA at the W.P. Carey School of Business also at ASU. In his spare time, he enjoys working in his local community advocating for the implementation of complete streets policies and projects. Read more here
Neil Drobny, ISSP-CSP, works full time at The Ohio State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in sustainable business practices and co-leads a new campus-wide major in sustainability. Additionally, he is the faculty advisor to the Ohio State award- winning undergraduate chapter of Net Impact. In 2013 he received an award for service to undergraduates. In 2016 he received an outreach and engagement award for collaboration with the business community in delivery of his courses. He is the Board chair of Sustainable Ohio which is comprised of the Ohio By-Product Synergy Network and the Waste Not Center. Earlier in his career he worked at Battelle and founded and operated an environmental consulting firm that he subsequently sold to a larger organization. He has bachelor and masters degrees from Dartmouth and a PhD in engineering from Ohio State. Read more here
Jacqueline Drumheller has over 25 years of experience in the environmental industry. Currently she is a senior sustainability manager at Alaska Airlines, were she is on a mission to make her company the aviaton leader in environmental stewardship. Prior to joining Alaska Airlines in 1997, she worked in both the environmental consulting industry as well as the hazardous waste management industry. During her career, she has tackled almost every single aspect of environmental protection and compliance ‐ from environmental audits to underground storage tank removal. In 2008 she raised awareness of the importance and value of environmental stewardship through the launch and leadership Alaska’s company‐wide sustainability iniative. This lead to the adoption of new “greener” business iniatives and strategies. Since that time, Alaska Airlines has published five sustainability reports, developed a formal governance structure and long‐term sustainability goals, and has begun the challenging process of integrating sustainability into the business. By institutionalizing sustainability and integrating environmental decisions into routine business decisions, Ms. Drumheller believes that businesses can improve their brand value and corporate image, increase employee engagement, cut costs, and reduce risks. Ms. Drumheller is an enthusiastic public speaker who enjoys turning dry technical information into something simple, fun, and understandable. Read more here
Harry Gordon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is the Vice Chair of GBCI and Chair of the GBCI Finance and Audit Committee. He is also Vice Chair of the USGBC NY Upstate Community Board. He was a member of the inaugural Board of USGBC and was Co-Chair of the USGBC Finance and Audit Committee. He received a Leadership Award from USGBC and was Vice Chair of the LEED Fellows Selection Committee in 2011. He is a LEED AP BD+C and served on the LEED NC Core Committee. He was a founding member of the National AIA Committee On The Environment (COTE) and was Chair in 1995. While a COTE leader, he led the Heating and Cooling Team of the Greening of the White House and his work was commended by President Clinton. He is the inaugural winner of the Greg Franta Memorial Award for High Performance Sustainable Design selected by SBIC (now NIBS). For four decades he has been an innovator in high performance architectural design and research and his projects have won numerous awards including two AIA COTE Top Ten and two Progressive Architecture Research Awards. He has testified before the US Congress on sustainable issues, presented at national conferences of USGBC, AIA, NAHB, ASES, ISES, and ASHRAE, and has lectured at numerous universities. Read more here.
Catherine Hurley, ISSP-CSP, is Sustainability Program Manager for Argonne National Laboratory where she provides strategic direction and management for Argonne's Site Sustainability Program. She oversees projects that address greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable buildings, water management, pollution prevention & waste reduction, transportation efficiency, sustainable procurement, and climate change resilience. Prior to joining Argonne, Catherine served as Sustainability Manager for the City of Evanston, Illinois, where she was responsible for implementing programs and policies to support environmental, economic and social sustainability for Evanston. She managed the City’s Climate Action Plan and STAR Community Rating, which provides a framework for reporting and continuous improvement around community sustainability. Catherine serves on the Board of Directors for STAR Communities and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). Catherine started her professional career as a Civil Engineer, working 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, a LEED Accredited Professional and an ISSP-CSP.
Beth Knight, ISSP-CSP, oversees Strategy and Operations for EY’s Beacon Institute. She has over ten years' experience as a sustainability leader and management consultant in areas related to purpose-led transformation. Beth works with business leaders, board members and academics to deepen thought leadership, elevate the debate and accelerate the adoption of purposeful business strategy. With the Beacon Institute, she is responsible for convening early adopters and leading thinkers to enable the transition to a new, inclusive model of business that can navigate the disruptive forces shaping the 21st century. Beth is an Ambassador for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and is a member of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Stakeholder Council. Read more here
Dr. Sarah E. Lewis, ISSP-SA, 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.
Doug Melnick, ISSP-SA, AICP, CNUA, was named the City of San Antonio’s first Chief Sustainability Officer in March 2014. He leads the Office of Sustainability, as well as the City’s sustainability efforts and policies in the areas of sustainable transportation, municipal sustainability, and energy management. He oversaw the development of the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan, which covers the community, as well as municipal operations, and serves as a datadriven and measurable plan structured around social, environmental, and economic sustainability, with a special focus on resilience. Mr. Melnick also coordinates the City of San Antonio's air quality and climate efforts. He has over twelve years of local government experience and previously served as Director of Planning & Sustainability for the City of Albany, NY, the capitol of New York State. Mr. Melnick serves as a core member of the Urban Sustainability Director's Network (USDN) and is Chairman of the Board for Build San Antonio Green. Read more here
Ronald Morrison, MES, RPP, MCIP, is a registered professional planner and founder of Sustainability North Inc., Calgary, Canada, providing advisory services in planning for sustainability. With more than thirty years of experience, his work has addressed principles of sustainability in many different project areas. He has worked for several major international engineering firms, along with the federal and provincial governments. For the past two years, he served as Vice-Chair of the National Initiatives Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Planners. Mr. Morrison has managed and directed environmental assessments of many development projects and consulted on assignments across Canada. He has advised on mega scale energy projects in the oil sands and on other projects extending from the Canadian Arctic to the Caribbean. His international experience includes institutional strengthening projects for Jamaica, Mexico and Chile. He is well published and much of his current practice focuses on planning for GHG reductions, environmental performance metrics and baselines, and mitigation in transition to a low carbon economy. Read more here
Maria Dian Nurani, ISSP-CSP, 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); a co-founder and the 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, ISSP-CSP, 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.
Fabian Sack, ISSP-CSP, PhD, has been an Australian thought leader in sustainability over 25 years. He has held senior private and public sector roles in the water, infrastructure and energy sectors. His company Sustainably now works collaboratively with governments, NGOs, higher education and businesses. Fabian’s areas of special interest are skills for sustainability, social and environmental impact reporting methodologies and our society’s resilience in the face of global climate, social and economic change. Fabian holds a PhD in corporate environmental ethics and is an associate of the University of Sydney. Fabian is a Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and is also one of the first ISSP-CSPs in Australia. Fabian currently sits on the Total Environment Centre Management Committee and is a member of the Australian National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Project Review Committee. Read more here
Rosalinda Sanquiche, ISSP-SA, is founder of Well Written Consulting—Writing and Editing for Social Purpose. Rosalinda’s childhood years hiking through Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest informed her belief that we must engage in sustainable behaviors to preserve the magnificent world we inhabit. She is marketing manager for the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence and former executive director of Ethical Markets Media. She volunteers as managing director and is on the advisory board of the EthicMark® Awards for advertising that uplifts the human spirit and society. Her sustainability career began with the American Wind Energy Association in Washington, DC, in research and communications. She has contributed chapters to numerous books, written on the construction industry for Builder/Architect and on the economy for outlets including The Guardian, CSRWire and JustMeans. She has taught communications, environmental policy and team-taught fi ecology and policy. As a program manager for the North Florida Land Trust, she focused on protecting environmentally significant places through B2B, educational and private/public partnerships. Rosalinda served as treasurer for the Northeast Florida Green Chamber, advised Collins Capital Management in developing the first SRI portfolio specific to northeast Florida from where she transitioned to SRI Advisor to Synergy Asset Strategies, Inc. She serves on the board of Tree Sisters and continues as a speaker on sustainability issues, focusing on socially and environmentally responsible behavior from corporate and finance perspectives. Read more here.
Marsha Willard, ISSP-CSP, 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, ISSP-CSP, 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 with nominations accepted in November and December. If you would like to know more about the selection criteria, process, and the roles and duties of board members, read the Board Manual. 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, ISSP-CSP (AXIS Performance Advisors)
- Darcy Hitchcock (AXIS Performance Advisors
- Larry Chalfan (Zero Waste Alliance)
- Dorothy Atwood, ISSP-CSP (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.