Michelle Lapinski

Vice President, The Earth Genome

Michelle has 20 years of experience working with companies and investors to develop, scale and finance solutions to improve the intersection of natural resource and business decision-making and outcomes. She has worked with some of the world’s largest companies across the Fortune 500 and their supply chains, including Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Shell, Dow and Starbucks, as well as the International Finance Corporation. Michelle has held management positions at Gap Inc., where she developed some of the first EHS standards for apparel suppliers in the industry, Business for Social Responsibility, the Global Health & Safety Initiative, and The Nature Conservancy, as well as leading her own consultancy, SustainBiz, LLC.  Her work with Dow and Shell demonstrating that natural infrastructure can be a viable and cost effective alternative to traditional infrastructure has been published by Harvard Business Review. Michelle is on the Steering Groups of the Natural Capital Coalition and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership, and is the Board Chair of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. She has a M.S. in environmental management from USF, where she also taught a joint MS-MBA degree program, a B.A. in behavioral biology and public health from Johns Hopkins University, and was an Environmental Leadership Program fellow.

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