Accelerating Sustainability Speakers

Mary Grace Anderson 
Upstream Americas Vice President, Safety, Environmental and Social Performance, Shell

Mary Grace Anderson graduated from Texas A&M University in 1979 in Petroleum Engineering. She joined Shell Oil Company and worked in Production, Development, Planning and Administration and A&D. In 1989 she joined Shell Offshore US and managed exploration, development and production assets. In 1996, she joined Shell Deepwater and led system design for deepwater developments, major project execution, and producing operations. In 2001, she moved to Aberdeen, Scotland and was the Development Manager for Shell Expro and the Europe region. In 2007, she moved to The Netherlands and led Front-end Development for global New Business, Exploration, Europe and Africa. In 2009, she returned to New Orleans for the Mars B Project and became the Upstream Americas VP Safety, Environmental, and Social Performance in 2012. 

Nathaniel Carroll
Associate Director, Ecosystem Marketplace

Nathaniel is associate director of Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace. He currently directs water and biodiversity activities and market-crosscutting projects, including the Ecosystem Services Matrix and MarketWatch, which help stakeholders understand the shape, relationship, and scope of ecosystem markets. Other ecosystem market tracking projects include: “State of” reports, analytical briefs,,, and the book Conservation and Biodiversity Banking: A guide to setting up and running biodiversity credit trading systems.

In addition to his work with the Ecosystem Marketplace, Carroll has consulted to several eco-asset investment groups. Before joining Forest Trends, he worked with a private forestry and real estate company in Panama, channeling private investment to restore degraded lands. Carroll spent two years with Conservation International's Conservation Tools Program.

He has experience conducting ecological research from the Rocky Mountains to Andes, and from the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to the Penobscot Bay.

Carroll holds a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University and a Master's in forest science from Yale University.

Richard Crespin 
Event Moderator
CEO, Crespin Enterprises
Senior Fellow, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Richard Crespin is the CEO of Crespin Enterprises, a boutique consulting firm advising businesses and non-profits on how to work together to solve big problems. Every nonprofit is a business and every business has a social mission. They just don't always know it or act like it so Richard works with firms to find their unique social mission where they can make significant impact and with non-profits to build programs that attract companies as partners and donors. On behalf of his clients, Richard makes strategic introductions, translates the needs of businesses to NGOs and vice-versa, and structures outcome-oriented partnerships that amplify impact and get results faster at lower cost.

In addition, Richard is a Senior Fellow of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and a Senior Advisor to IO Consulting and the Institute for Public Private Solutions (IPPS). He also advises the US Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) on its outreach to the business community on international development issues and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board for the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association.

From 2008 - 2013, Richard served as the Executive Director of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and as President of SharedXpertise Media, the publishers of Corporate Responsibility Magazine. As the professional society for corporate responsibility executives, the CROA represents the voice of corporate citizenship practitioners at some of the world's largest companies. For over 14 years, Corporate Responsibility Magazine and its COMMIT!Forum have called on companies to make commitments that will transform their operations and change the world. With a circulation of over 20,000 senior executives, the Magazine provides the most trusted and widely read coverage on corporate responsibility.

During his career, Richard has worked across the private, public, and civil sectors, including with some of the world's largest financial institutions, the American Red Cross, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the US Department of Defense. He founded The Delve Group, Inc, a premier market research firm, worked for American Management Systems, and before that for KPMG. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having started several small businesses and non-profits.

Richard is an alumnus of both the George Washington University and the Harvard Business School.  He also currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, on the Board of Advisors for the CROA, on the Editorial Board of the Sustainable Business Forum, and on the Board of Directors for the Society for International Development. He is also a Past President of the George Washington Alumni Association.  He is a sought after speaker on corporate responsibility, public/private partnerships, business ethics, and non-profit capacity building. He and his wife Emily live in Falls Church, VA where they practice "extreme parenting" with their three young children.

Marc DeCourcey 
Executive Director, Corporate Citizenship Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation    

Marc DeCourcey is Executive Director of the Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC).  Marc has more than 20 years of experience in public policy leadership and a distinct talent building strategic partnerships and forming cross-sector advocacy coalitions. His career has spanned the executive and congressional branches of the US government, as well as the nonprofit sector. He has been instrumental in the unified response to a variety of national challenges, from supporting relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, to creating a framework for the private sector for building disaster resiliency.

Previous to joining CCC, Marc served as Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the American Red Cross (ARC), one of the nation’s largest humanitarian organizations. In this role he was tasked to acquire, grow, & leverage existing business relationships across the entire ARC enterprise. He was also chief of staff in the President and CEO’s Office. His key responsibilities included managing the implementation of strategic initiatives, directing day-to-day operations, and representing the organization to key external stakeholders across government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors.

Before joining the president’s office, Marc served as the ARC’s Senior Director of Federal Government Relations & Partnerships. Marc came to the Red Cross in the days following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in 2005, assisting the organization in developing public policy relationships with strategic partners along all ARC lines of service. He served also as the ARC’s liaison to the White House, Cabinet departments, and other federal agencies. Marc represented the Red Cross on the board of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the Council of Federal Executive Secretariats, and National Human Services Assembly.

Prior to the Red Cross, Marc was the chief of staff in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the US Department of Education under Secretaries Paige and Spellings in the Bush Administration. There he managed a staff of 24 Administration appointees and career employees and supervised an office with a $2+ million budget.

A native of Massachusetts, Marc ran for state representative soon after his graduation from Providence College. He was the youngest legislative candidate in the state. After narrowly losing the race, he was soon hired to work in Governor Weld’s administration. He then managed successful congressional campaigns and worked on Capitol Hill for Congressmen Peter Blute (R-MA) and John Kasich (R-OH), now Governor of Ohio. He has also served as a public policy consultant, advising private-sector clients in a variety of industries, from telecommunications to law enforcement.

With a long history of community service, Marc has been active on numerous civic and philanthropic boards in the Washington, DC area and in Massachusetts. He is married and the father of three children.

Liese Dallbauman 
Director, Water Stewardship, PepsiCo

Liese Dallbauman is Director of Water Stewardship for PepsiCo’s global food and beverage businesses. Her responsibilities include in-plant water conservation training, water use analysis, and global water risk assessment and mitigation. She also manages PepsiCo's Positive Water Impact partnership with The Nature Conservancy, which focuses on developing locally-relevant watershed restoration strategies.

These programs have made major contributions to PepsiCo's success in reducing its operational water use ratio by 20% from a 2006 baseline -- for years ahead of the 2015 schedule. The company was honored to receive the 2012 Stockholm Industry Water Award in recognition of its comprehensive approach to water stewardship.

Liese represents PepsiCo in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Water Leadership group, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable and other organizations. Before assuming her current role, she was a member of an interdisciplinary team focused on reducing energy and water used to manufacture PepsiCo’s Quaker, Gatorade, and Tropicana products.

Liese has also worked in development and analysis of environmental separations processes for NASA Johnson Space Center, Honeywell and the Gas Technology Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado and master’s and doctoral degrees, also in chemical engineering, from the University of Notre Dame. She served as a Director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers from 2006-2009 and was named a Fellow of the Institute in 2008.

Susan Fernandes
Director of Operations, US Business Council for Sustainable Development

Susan Fernandes has more than 30 years of experience as an environmental consultant with URS and AECOM. Her work has focused on environmental risk management and EHS compliance assurance services for Fortune 500 companies, including site characterization and risk assessment, remediation, decommissioning, due diligence, permitting and compliance management, and sustainability program support. Ms. Fernandes has worked closely with several oil and gas and chemical companies as a Global Client Account Manager.

Prior to joining US BCSD in 2010, Ms. Fernandes was active in US BCSD activities as a member representative. She served as an inaugural member of the American Chemistry Council, Friends of Responsible Care® program. She is past chair of the University of Texas, School of Information Advisory Council. She holds an M.S. in Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. from Scripps College, Claremont, CA.

Brendan FitzSimons 
Project Manager, Environmental Defense Fund

Brendan FitzSimons is a project manager for Environmental Defense Fund’s Corporate Partnerships program. He is currently overseeing EDF’s project with AT&T to cut water, chemical and energy use in building cooling systems and to improve overall building efficiency. In addition, Brendan also manages a project partnering with labor unions to overcome barriers to industrial energy efficiency by leveraging workers to identify and implement cost-effective energy-efficiency opportunities.

His previous projects for EDF have included developing EDF's Less Carbon, More Innovation website, which aimed to provide user-friendly "one-stop shopping" for industrial energy-efficiency research and data from government and third party resources, including McKinsey, EPA, and DOE. Brendan also part of EDF's National Climate Campaign, which worked with the U.S. House of Representatives to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation.

Prior to joining EDF in 2008, Brendan had over a decade of experience and wide-ranging responsibilities working at innovative child advocacy organizations aimed at advancing federal and state investments in children and youth programs, including managing fund development, strategy and operations. Brendan holds a MBA from George Washington University, with a focus on Environmental Policy and Management, and a BA in History from Middlebury College.

Brodi Fontenot 
Assistant Secretary for Administration and Senior Sustainability Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation

Brodi Fontenot serves as the Assistant Secretary for Administration, the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) and the Senior Sustainability Officer (SSO). As Assistant Secretary, he provides leadership and oversight in the areas of human resources, security, acquisitions, and grants, transportation and facilities, and space management. As the SSO, he is responsible for implementation, oversight and management of the Department's energy, environmental and sustainability goals for approximately 11,000 buildings and 6,000 vehicles operated by the Department.

Brodi joined the Department in July 2009 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management and Budget. Prior to joining DOT, he was a staff member of the US Senate Budget Committee. In this role, Brodi analyzed and made recommendations to the Committee Chairman on budget requests of DOT and other federal agencies. Brodi has also held leadership positions at the Government Accountability Office where he worked on issues such as housing, disaster assistance, and budgeting for capital projects.

Chris Guenther  
Director, Research, SustainAbility

Based in the Bay Area, Chris leads SustainAbility's ongoing research program and contributes particularly to the firm's thinking about corporate strategy and innovation, branding and urbanization. Most recently, he co-authored the SustainAbility report Citystates: How Cities Are Vital to the Future of Sustainability and Changing Tack: Extending Corporate Leadership on Sustainable Development (the final report of SustainAbility and GlobeScan's collaborative project, The Regeneration Roadmap).

Over the last decade, Chris's consulting work has crossed the energy, ICT, food, consumer goods and transportation sectors, and has encompassed themes including the business case for sustainability, strategy, marketing, stakeholder engagement and communications. His clients have included American Electric Power, Cisco Systems, Darden Restaurants, Ford Motor Company, PG&E, Shell, Starbucks, The Walt Disney Company and others.

Prior to joining SustainAbility, Chris wove through roles in public-interest campaigning, communications, and IT strategy and consulting. He holds a BA in English from Vassar College and an MBA and MS degrees from the University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.

Jennifer Gerholdt 
Director, Environment Program, Corporate Citizenship Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Jennifer Gerholdt serves as the Director of the Environment Issue Networks with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC). In her role, Jennifer directs high quality programming for business leaders including Shell, FedEx, Microsoft, The Dow Chemical Company, Veolia Environment, and MGM Resorts International to maximize their positive contributions to address pressing environmental issues, including around energy and water use and waste management.

Prior to CCC, Jennifer waIn her role, Jennifer directs high quality programming for business leaders including Shell, FedEx, Microsoft, The Dow Chemical Company, Veolia Environment, and MGM Resorts International to maximize their positive contributions to address pressing environmental issues, including around energy and water use and waste management.s Senior Manager of Conservation International’s Business & Sustainability Council (BSC), a forum for influential companies including Chevron, Coca-Cola, Disney, ExxonMobil, McDonald’s, Monsanto, Shell, Starbucks, and Walmart that are committed to business and environmental leadership. In her role Jennifer managed corporate partnerships, planned and executed BSC’s annual event and oversaw delivery of additional membership benefits, and directed BSC marketing and communications efforts.

Prior to Conservation International, Jennifer was the Program Officer with WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network-North America program, working with global companies including Avon, Capital One, Domtar, Johnson & Johnson and Tetra Pak on responsible wood and paper sourcing issues. In her role, Jennifer assisted these companies in understanding the sources of their forest products, developing and implementing responsible purchasing policies, and increasing the proportion of credibly certified material in their supply chains. Jennifer also managed special projects and events, communications products, research and reporting.

Jennifer holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from New Mexico State University.

Eunice Heath  
Global Director, Sustainability Business Engagement and Education, The Dow Chemical Company

Eunice Heath is the Global Director for Sustainability Business Engagement and Education at The Dow Chemical Company. Eunice has the responsibility of leading Dow's participation in The Sustainability Consortium and related external sustainable prodcuts initiatives. She is also responsible for managing sustainability higher education programs and relationships for Dow, which includes overseeing the implementation of the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) program at 18 global strategic universities.

Eunice joined Dow in 1991 as part of the Commercial Development Program and has worked in a myriad of marketing, sales, and supply chain roles, including positions as Global Business Director for POLYOX™ Water Soluble Resins in 2002, Marketing & Sales Director for Dow Wolff Cellulosics in 2007, General Manager of Home & Personal Care in 2009 and Senior Director of Northeast Government Affairs and Corporate Citizenship, STEM Education in early 2012.

Eunice earned her MBA at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Florida. Among Eunice's many talents and accomplishments, she has a strong passion for the development and advancement of people and support of STEM which is represented by her leadership on the corporate Diversity & Inclusion Council and executive liaison for Dow's African American Network. She is a certified Six Sigman Green Belt, a recipient of the 2007 Black Engineer of the Year Award and 2011 Women of Distinction winner by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Ann Klee 
Vice President, Environment, Health and Safety, GE

Ann Klee is the Vice President for Environment, Health and Safety at GE, where she is responsible for global EHS compliance, environmental litigation, and advising business leaders on environmental policy.

She has more than 25 years experience in environmental law. Before coming to GE, she was a partner and co-chair of the Environmental and Natural Resources Group of Crowell & Moring LLP, based in Washington DC. Prior to that, Ann held several positions in the Bush Administration including General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2004-2006) and Counselor and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (2001-2004). She also spent time on Capitol Hill as Chief Counsel to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

She has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Park Foundation, Center for Climate and Energy Strategies, the Environmental Law Institute, Yale Center for Business and Environment and University of Pennsylvania Law Alumni Association.

Ann received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and her B.A. with High Honors from Swarthmore College. She and her husband divide their time between Fairfield, CT and their farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Jeff Lundy
Manager, Research, Corporate Citizenship Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Jeff Lundy joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center in February 2012 to oversee and advance its research agenda. In this role, Jeff works with our network of companies to create their Business for Good Map presence. He also manages the Foundation's thematic maps (e.g. disaster aid, environmental innovation, etc.). As a key member of the content team, Jeff also provides analysis and reporting on a broad range of issues in corporate citizenship.

Jeff previously served as a consultant for Empower Partners LLC, a social enterprise developing marketing models to help underserved inner-city businesses tailor their product lines to local consumers. Prior to that, he was an intern at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), where he selected several new technologies for a test run, in order to improve the Bureau’s capture of respondent data.

Jeff earned his PhD in Economic Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and completed a research assistantship at the University of Michigan. He also holds an MA in sociology from U. Cal - San Diego and a BA in sociology from New College of Florida.

Maribeth Malloy
Director, Environmental Sustainability and External Engagements, Lockheed Martin

Maribeth Malloy is Director for Environmental Sustainability and External Engagements for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is responsible for development of the corporate strategy for energy and environmental sustainability in coordination with the Corporate Sustainability Office and external communications regarding the company’s positions relative to these issues. Ms. Malloy began her working career with IBM responsible for the chemical management program and Environmental Impact Assessments at a major semi-conductor facility. Through the business transitions of the 1990s the IBM business was sold to Lockheed Martin where she progressed with responsibility for the corporate ESH Audit program and corporate Governance. After leading the ESH and Medical functions in the Aeronautics line of business, Ms. Malloy returned to a corporate position with the focus on sustainability.

Jessica McGlyn 
Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) U.S., Inc.

Jessica McGlyn is based in Washington D.C. where she promotes WBCSD projects, publications and work programs to the US offices of our WBCSD members as well as to American-based thought-leaders, NGOs, academia and the business community. Jessica also helps build, manage and leverage relationships with other U. S. organizations that have an interest in sustainability to amplify WBCSD’s impact.

Before joining WBCSD, McGlyn was a lobbyist for the World Wildlife Fund where she advocated the US government on a variety of global conservation, climate, trade and development issues. At WWF, McGlyn also led an initiative to integrate conservation with development policy and partnered with leading Development NGOs to advocate for modernized U.S. foreign assistance.  Prior to that McGlyn worked at the Global Forest & Trade Network, helping companies green their wood and paper supply chains.

McGlyn started her career in the forest products sector, working for over a decade for International Paper in a variety of environmental and operational positions. She holds a Masters in Science from Yale and a BS in Biology and BA in History from Messiah College.

Rose McKinney-James  
Managing Principal, Energy Works Consulting LLC

Rose McKinney-James is a well-regarded and sought independent corporate director who couples corporate experience with a long history in public service, non-profit volunteerism and private sector leadership in corporate social responsibility. She is considered a national expert in sustainability and clean energy policy and has served in numerous capacities earning a stellar reputation. Her views on the impact of public policy and corporate activities are often sought by professionals throughout the country.

In the energy sector, she is the Managing Principal of Energy Works LLC, President of McKinney-James & Associates and serves as an independent corporate director on the board of directors for MGM Resorts International as a member of its Corporate Social Responsibility Committee. Further, she is currently the Chair of the Clean Energy Project and Nevada Partners. Other directorships include Toyota Financial Savings Bank, the Alliance to Save Energy, ACEEE, and American Association of Blacks in Energy.

In the private sector, she was President of Brown & Partners and President/CEO of the Corporation of Solar Technology and Renewable Resources. She was a Director of Mandalay Resort Group prior to its acquisition by MGM Mirage where she chaired the Compliance and Diversity Committees. She was also a Director for Employers Insurance Company of Nevada and Employer’s Holdings, Inc. where she served as the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. She is member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

In the public sector, she served as Chief of Staff and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs of the City of Las Vegas, project manager of the Nevada Economic Development Company, and coordinator of the Small Business Revitalization Program. She served as a first Director of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, which had administrative oversight of 29 state regulatory agencies, boards and commissions. She was a Commissioner of the Nevada Public Service Commission and was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 1998, and became the first African-American to win a Nevada statewide primary election. In addition, she served as a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team and as team lead for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She was a staff member for former New York Rep. Shirley Chisholm.

She has served as Vice President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissions and and was the first chair of the Nevada Renewable Energy and Conservative Task Force. Previously, she served as director of the Energy Foundation, and Sierra Nevada College and the Nature Conservancy. She was a founding member of the board of directors of the New Ventures Capital Development Corporation and a Trustee for the Desert Research Institute Foundation.

With a commitment to community, diversity and education, she was a Member of the Advisory Board at The International Institute of Modern Letters and the Advisory Council for Women of Diversity, the Nevada Public Education Foundation, and Kids to Kids Literacy.

Ms. McKinney-James received her J.D. degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., and has a B.A. degree from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan.

She is a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas, and was one of 25 Nevada Women to be included in the first volume of "The 25 Most Notable Women of Las Vegas". She is the past recipient of The U.S. Small Business Administration "Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year” award, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Achievement Award, and the Las Vegas Women's Chamber Pioneer Award. She was honored by the Public Education Foundation with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is a registered lobbyist with the Nevada Legislature, representing interests in energy, education and business.

The Honorable John McKernan  
President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Former Maine Gov. John R. McKernan Jr. is president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and a senior adviser to U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. McKernan provides both strategic and ongoing leadership to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment. As senior adviser, he counsels Donohue on a broad range of issues impacting the business community.

McKernan also serves as chairman and CEO of consulting and investment firms McKernan Enterprises, Inc. and Nottingham Equity, Inc. in Portland, Maine.

Until August 2012, he was chairman of the board of directors of Education Management Corporation where he served as CEO from 2003 to 2007 and still serves as a director. Education Management has more than 130,000 students as of October 2012, 20,000 employees, and $2.8 billion in revenue. It is among the largest providers of postsecondary education in North America based on student enrollment and revenue.

McKernan serves on the boards of directors of BorgWarner, Inc., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the American Action Forum, a Washington, D.C., policy institute. He is also chairman of the board of directors of the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges.

He served his native state of Maine for two terms in the U.S. Congress from 1983 to 1987 and then as governor for two, four-year terms from 1987 to 1995. During his two terms as governor, McKernan was chairman of the Education Commission of the States and the National Education Goals Panel and was recognized as an Outstanding Governor by the American Society for Training and Development. He is the author of Making the Grade, a book on youth apprenticeship.

McKernan has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. He and his wife, former U.S. Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), reside in Falmouth, Maine, and in Washington, D.C.

David Melançon  
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Benjamin Moore & Co.

David Melançon is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Benjamin Moore & Co, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway, and North America's most respected interior and exterior paint manufacturer and color authority. Mr. Melançon directs the brand, marketing and creative strategy for all businesses of Benjamin Moore & Co., including Benjamin Moore, Coronado, Corotech, Insl-x, Maxum and Lenmar.  He oversees strategic alliances, consumer and retail marketing, communications, color innovation and product development. Mr. Melançon reports directly to Michael Searles, the President and CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co.

A veteran brand strategist with nearly three decades of experience, David Melançon brings to Benjamin Moore his deep understanding of marketing some of the world’s best-known brands.  Prior to Benjamin Moore, Mr. Melançonwas the CEO of The Ito Partnership, a brand development company that he created in New York City.  Before launching Ito, he was President of IPG’s FutureBrand unit in North America and led the agency’s relationships with global clients including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Intel and Unilever.  Before that, Mr. Melançonserved as head of communications for Visa, where he led the card giant’s global communications efforts in launching new technology products such as online payments and stored value cards.

Mr. Melançon is a highly sought after speaker and marketing innovator, andwas recently chosen to participate in the first ever CMO Jury for the Shorty Industry Awards, which honor the best brands, agencies and professionals in social media.  Melançon is a featured speaker at global industry conferences, a frequent contributor and commenter in publications/articles, and serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

Melançon completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland (Political Science) and graduate studies at both Keio University in Tokyo (Asian Studies) and the University of Oklahoma (Political Communications).

Sarah Moore
Director of Sustainable Operations, MGM Resorts International

Sarah Moore is Director of Sustainable Operations within the Corporate Sustainability Division of MGM Resorts International. Her responsibilities include advancing the MGM Resorts Green Advantage brand through stakeholder and employee engagement as well as the integration and standardization of environmentally responsible practices throughout the company’s operations. Successes include extending the Company’s fundamental commitment to CSR and Environmental Sustainability into award-winning awareness and engagement programs, innovative solutions and scalable practices across all 17 Resorts.

Dermot Murray 
Sustainability Business Strategy Advisor, FedEx Corporation

Dermot Murray is a Sustainability Business Strategy Advisor with FedEx Corporation and in that capacity is focused on improving data management processes for CSR reporting, customer inquiries and CSR/sustainability rating agencies. In addition, Dermot co-leads FedEx’s internal IT Sustainability efforts. Before joining FedEx in 2011, Dermot previously worked as a CSR Program Manager at Verizon Communications where he managed Verizon’s employee-giving, employee-matching gifts and volunteer programs, in addition to helping establish Verizon’s company-wide environmental sustainability program. Dermot earned an MBA from Columbia Business School, a MS in Telecommunications from Iona College, and a B.S. in Computer Science from University College Dublin, Ireland.

Mark "Puck" Mykleby
Colonel, USMC (Retired)

Mark Mykleby was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987.  He was designated a naval aviator in April 1990 and as a qualified F/A-18 pilot in December 1990.  From January 1991 to May 2006, he served in five fleet fighter squadrons and performed numerous operational squadron billets to include Director of Safety and Standardization, Pilot Training Officer, Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer.  He is a graduate of Marine Weapons and Tactics Instructor School (WTI), the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun), and the Allied Air Forces Central Europe’s Tactical Leadership Program (TLP).  Mark’s operational and combat experience includes numerous deployments (land based and ship borne) to the European, Pacific, and Southwest Asian theaters in support of Operations PROVIDE PROMISE, DENY FLIGHT, SOUTHERN WATCH, and IRAQI FREEDOM. 

His staff experience includes serving as the George Washington Battle Group liaison officer to Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia (Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia) in 1997, serving as a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Staff Training Program (MSTP) instructor from 1999-2001, and serving as the Harry S. Truman Battle Group liaison officer to the NATO Combined Air Operations Center Five (CAOC-5) headquarters (Poggio Renautico, Italy) in January 2003.  In June 2007, Mark was assigned to the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) where he developed strategy for Special Operations Forces. From July 2009 until April 2011, he served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Captain Wayne Porter A National Strategic Narrative, a concept and vision for a 21st Century grand strategy for the nation.  Mark retired from the Marine Corps in July 2011.

Since retiring, Mark has been serving as a senior fellow at the New America Foundation where he continues his work on grand strategy and sustainability. He is also the senior advisor to the Honorable Mr. Bijan Kian, Chairman and CEO of GreenZone Systems, Inc.

Mark graduated from the United States Naval Academy with distinction in 1987.  He earned a Masters of Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1999.  In May 2007, he graduated from the Air War College with distinction and earned a Masters of Strategic Studies.

Laura Nereng
Sustainability Business Development Manager, 3M

Laura Nereng is a Sustainability Business Development Manager at 3M. 

Laura role in 3M’s Electronics & Energy Business Group is to drive growth through Sustainability.  Laura facilitates collaboration across the business group and corporation to drive new growth by building a strong new product pipeline and establishing effective product positioning for Sustainability differentiation.  She also integrates Sustainability principles into the 3M’s new product introduction process and manages data and processes related to sustainable product development. 

Laura has 25 years of experience at 3M, serving in various technical, business, and management roles.  Laura received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University.

Monique Oxender 
Senior Director, Sustainability, Keurig Green Mountain Inc.

Monique Oxender leads Keurig Green Mountain Inc.'s (formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters) efforts to Brew a Better World. Monique joined Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in 2012 and has navigated a path for integrated sustainability management during the recent period of growth and change. This journey travels directly through the intersection of world benefit of business value, informed by meaningful internal and external stakeholder engagement. She joined GMCR after 8 years with Ford Motor Company where she developed a leading supply chain sustainability program spanning the company's $65B buy from 60 countries. Issues under her responsibility included human rights, indirect carbon and water footprints, and raw material transparency. In addition, she served as Chair of multiple industry workgroups for the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), leading automobile manufacturers and suppliers in a collaborative effort to address sustainability issues in the global automotive supply chain.

With a background in secondary education and sustainability, Monique has an MBA and an MS from the University of Michigan.

Caroline Powell
Senior Researcher, The Sustainability Consortium

Caroline Powell serves as the lead research associate for The Sustainability Consortium’s Food, Beverage, and Agriculture Sector. She works with the research team and stakeholders on the development of Product Sustainability Toolkits, including Key Performance Indicators, for food and beverage products.

Powell also leads a pilot of the Commodity Mapping Project to map commodity supply chains for organizations to better manage risk and work toward sustainable improvements. She is working with consumer goods companies to map the agriculture inputs to consumer products and then perform a water risk assessment on the agricultural supply chains.

Before joining The Sustainability Consortium, Powell studied watershed risk analysis as an environmental engineering graduate student at the University of Arkansas. She has an M.B.A. from the Walton College of Business and has nearly completed a master’s in environmental engineering from the University of Arkansas.

Elizabeth Seeger
Principal, KKR & Co. L.P.

Elizabeth Seeger joined KKR in 2009 to help oversee the management of environmental and social responsibility issues and opportunities across KKR's portfolio, including through KKR’s Green Portfolio Program. Ms. Seeger was previously a Project Manager in the Corporate Partnerships Program of Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to EDF, she was a consultant with the Corporate Executive Board, where she advised companies across a broad range of industries in Europe and the United States. Before CEB, Ms. Seeger was an Associate at the Environmental Law Institute, a non-profit organization focused on environmental law and policy research and education. She is a 2013 Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and is on the Standards Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. Elizabeth has more than 10 years of experience working on corporate environmental and social issues and earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jigar Shah 
Author, CEO, Jigar Shah Consulting and Founder, SunEdison

Jigar Shah is an entrepreneur and visionary committed to leveraging the next economy by deploying existing technologies that solve the challenging issues of our time. He is the author of the upcoming book: Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy.

He is the CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting and a board member of the Carbon War ROom, the global organization founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin United to help entrepreneurs address climate change. He served as the Carbon War Room's first CEO from 2009-2012.

Shah's first foray into realizing his vision of climate wealth was the founding of SunEdison in 2003; which remains the world's leading solar services company. At SunEdison, Shah simplified solar as a service by implementing the power purchase agreement (PPA) business model. The SunEdison business model enabled massive, scalable deployment of existing solar technology that turned solar into a multibillion dollar industry worldwide. Prior to SunEdison, Shah worked within strategy at BP Solar, and before that was a contractor for the Department of Energy on vehicles and fuel cell programs.

Shah holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. He sits on the boards of the SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, Viasole and Greenpeace USA.

John R. Smith, Ph.D., P.E. 
Director, Sustaining Technologies, Products and Operations, Alcoa Inc.

Dr. John R. Smith has 30+ years experience in the civil, environmental and chemical engineering fields and is currently employed by Alcoa Inc. as Director - Sustaining Technologies, Products and Operations at the Alcoa Technical Center, located in Western Pennsylvania USA. Present responsibilities include providing leadership, guidance and direction in the development and early application of innovative and energy efficient sustainable technologies throughout Alcoa worldwide. Alcoa is the world's leading integrated aluminum company, with 59,000 employees across 31 countries. Dr. Smith holds a B.S. in Forest Engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry and a Ph.D. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, where he is also an Adjunct Professor. He has, and continues to serve on various committees of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Academes.

Hugh Welsh 
President and General Counsel, DSM North America
Advisory Board Member,
Corporate Citizenship Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Mr. Hugh C. Welsh is the President & General Counsel of DSM North America. Mr. Welsh currently serves on several DSM global and regional management teams and is responsible for legal, government affairs, corporate communications, financial and HR and other shared services, corporate partnerships and DSM’s sustainability, inclusion and diversity initiatives in the region North America.  Before joining DSM, Hugh worked for the American Standard Companies McCarter & English LLP and others. Hugh currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Chemistry Council, Partners in Food Solutions, the Safe America Foundation, Tri-State Diversity Council and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Economics and History from the University of Massachusetts in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate in law from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993.

David Witzel
Chief of Conspiration, Bright Passage

David Witzel is an Ecosystem Designer and Chief of Conspiration with Bright Passagehelping organizations leverage the potential of open systems to bring about large-scale social change. He is also Chief of Conspiration at the Green Innovators in Business Network, a project he helped launch while he was at Environmental Defense Fund.

During his three years at EDF he demonstrated new partnership approaches to catalyze rapid and widespread adoption of environmental innovation in business. Focusing on network building and peer-production and using a variety of social networking tools including blogs, twitter, podcasts, unconferences, and crowdsourcing he engaged "doers" to accelerate information sharing, learning, and innovation. Partnerships included working with GE on Energy Treasure Hunts, Innocentive on the Eco-Challenge Series and many organizations on face-to-face "Solutions Labs" around the country.

Before joining EDF, David helped found and spent 14 years at Forum One Communications, a 70-person Internet development company in Alexandria, VA. At Forum One he worked with leading social organizations including the World Bank, Center for Global Development, and PBS.

His recent writing includes “Designing Open Projects: Lessons From Internet Pioneers” released by IBM Center for the Business of Government, “Citizen Voice in a Globalized World” for the Global Citizen Foundation, and a trilogy on the future of business sustainabilityfor GreenBiz.

David has an MPP from the Kennedy School at Harvard and a BS from Texas A&M University. He lives in Falls Church, VA with his wife Claudia Williams and their two boys, Adam and Zachary.