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KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz's picture
CEO/Founder
Sustainable Brands

Koann is the Founder and CEO of Sustainable Life Media and Sustainable Brands whose involvement with the intersection of environmental and human issues in business dates back to the mid-1980s when she launched international conferences on improving log utilization, reducing Waste Paper, and... +

Ben Pawsey's picture
Executive Producer - Digital
Sustainable Brands

Ben is Executive Producer of SustainableBrands.com looking to serve the Sustainable Brands community online. He also coordinates the SB Innovation Open aimed at disruptive startups making a scalable, positive impact on our future.

After graduating in... +

Thomas Miner's picture
Director of Operations
Sustainable Brands

An operations professional dedicated to developing competitive advantage through sustainable business strategies, Thomas’ specialties lie in driving operational efficiencies and project management. His experience ranges through a variety of industries including agriculture, renewable energies... +

Marie Perriard's picture
Director, Global Brand & Corporate Communications
Sustainable Brands

Marie is a marketing and brand strategist dedicated to fresh insights, authentic messaging and measureable results in sustainability. Her professional experience spans over 15 years working in the advertising, marketing and design industry in both Chicago and San Francisco, including several... +

Nikos's picture
Director of Marketing
Sustainable Brands

Nikos is the Director of Marketing at Sustainable Brands. In this role he is responsible for the marketing team, and oversees all communications and marketing initiatives. This includes managing the communications strategy and analyzing the success of various campaigns, strategizing and... +

Jessica Martinez's picture
Associate Producer, Live Events
Sustainable Brands

Jessica is the Associate Producer of Live Events here at Sustainable Life Media Inc. and focuses on the execution and planning of our North American and UK conferences.

She also works extensively with our speakers and event volunteers, guiding and prepping them to ensure our conferences... +

Patrick McCartan's picture
Director Corporate Member Development
Sustainable Brands

Patrick manages the development of Sustainable Brands Projects in the US and Internationally. He works at the Sustainable Life Media offices in San Francisco and resides in the Bay Area.

Born and raised in Ireland, Patrick joined Sustainable Life Media in January 2012.

With over... +

Mike Hower's picture
Associate Editor
Sustainable Brands

Based in San Francisco, Mike Hower is a writer, thinker and strategic communicator that revels in driving the conversation at the intersection of sustainability, tech, politics and law. He studied Political Science and History at the University of California, Davis and has spent time working for... +

Jennifer Elks's picture
Managing Editor
Sustainable Brands

Jennifer Elks is Managing Editor of Sustainable Brands. She is a writer, editor and foodie who is passionate about improving food systems, closing loops and creating more livable cities. She loves cooking, wine, cooking with wine, correcting spelling errors in the media, and shows about people... +

Bo's picture
Online Marketing Manager
Sustainable Brands

Bo has extensive and successful experiences in IT solution and software development companies from her previous positions in system analyst, system engineer and project executive. After earned an MBA from Thammasat University in Thailand, she ... +

Dimitar Vlahov's picture
Director of Content Development
Sustainable Brands

Dimitar is the Director of Content Development at Sustainable Brands. He joined the team after earning a Master’s degree in Management Science & Engineering – focused on Sustainable Business – from Stanford University. Dimitar also has a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Mathematics... +

Valerie Miller's picture
Producer - Live Events
Sustainable Brands

Valerie is thrilled to be bringing her passion for sustainable communities and economies to the Sustainable Brands family. She has worked in various areas of sustainability including local & sustainable food systems, creating resilient communities, and individual engagement in sustainability... +

Courtney Pankrat's picture
Partnership & Community Marketing Manager
Sustainable Brands

Courtney has been with Sustainable Brands as the Marketing & Partnership Coordinator since August 2012.  Before joining the Sustainable Brands team, she worked in the sustainability field with My Planet, TheBlu, and the Alameda County... +

Riley Scherer's picture
Customer & Team Engagement Lead
Sustainable Brands

Riley is the Customer and Team Engagement Lead at Sustainable Brands.  As a UC Santa Cruz grad with a degree in Global Economics, and studying in Shanghai, China and Washington, DC, she is very excited to be learning about how sustainability plays a role in the international political... +

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Manager, Accounting & Finance
Sustainable Brands

Chantell is thrilled to merge her passion for sustainable business with her education and experience in accounting and finance. Chantell spent two years at KPMG, LLP public accounting firm after graduating with a business degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She received her Certification... +

Brady Hamed's picture
Editorial & Community Engagement Coordinator
Sustainable Brands

Brady Hamed is a sustainability enthusiast and educator currently located in Rochester, NY. He spent the last four years working for a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University ('12). After graduating in June, instead of following a career path, he took the time off to travel the world with... +

Sara Allan's picture
Program Development Research Associate
Sustainable Brands

Sara is a Program Development Research Associate at Sustainable Brands. She is currently an undergraduate majoring in Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for sustainability has led to many experiences over the past few years,... +

Jonathan Reese's picture
Director of Business Development
Sustainable Brands

Jonathan has over 15 years experience in sustainable business leadership, most recently in sustainability-related events management and consulting. He brings to SB a strong desire to match our company offerings with businesses that will benefit from them, while aiding in the creation of new... +

Melissa Pendergraft's picture
Web/Graphic Designer Coordinator
Sustainable Brands

Melissa is the Web/Graphic Design Coordinator for Sustainable Brands. In this role, Melissa works closely with the Marketing Department to execute marketing collateral including graphics for events. After graduating San Francisco State University with a BA in Industrial Arts, Melissa began to... +

Elizabeth Zimmerman's picture
Conference Operations Coordinator
Sustainable Brands

Elizabeth is Conference Operations Coordinator here at Sustainable Brands.  As a member of the operations team, Elizabeth is able to combine her passion for sustainability with her strong business and interpersonal skills.  After graduating with a BA in Environmental Business,... +

Rodrigo Espinosa's picture
VP, Business Development & Marketing
Sustainable Brands

Rodrigo Espinosa, Vice President, Business Development & Marketing
Rodrigo brings 20 years of business experience to Sustainable Brands. He’s expertise lies in change-management, business development, partnerships, strategic marketing, sponsorship development, events, and experience... +

Matt Eversman's picture
Senior Content Creator
Sustainable Brands

Matt is responsible for the Sustainable Brands Library and Collaboratory.

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Anna Lui's picture
Insight Development Research Associate
Sustainable Brands

Anna is an Insight Development Research Associate for Sustainable Brands. As part of the Content Team she researches trends in sustainability and assists in program development for our conferences. She brings a decade of media and community organizing experience, a passion for implementing... +

Michelle Leung's picture
Accounting/Finance Intern
Sustainable Brands

Michelle is excited to intern with Sustainable Brands because it will allow her to apply her financial experience to a business focused on social and environmental impact. Michelle has 9 years of experience working with large to medium sized companies, such as Citigroup and Advent Software. She... +

Emily Taken-Vertz's picture
Manager of Business Development and Marketing
Sustainable Brands
While having devoutly studied the corporate brand giants of past lore, Emily is particularly inspired by the opportunities the current landscape presents. Starting out in the music industry managing various friends' bands while living in South America, Emily went on to work in marketing and artist... +
Zach Weismann's picture
Manager Special Projects
Sustainable Brands

Zach joins Sustainable Brands as Manager, Special Projects, and is excited to help lead the way towards a sustainable future. 

Previously, he worked for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation as a Consultant on grants management and organizational effectiveness. He also worked in... +

Hannah Kornfeld's picture
Conference Operations Intern
Sustainable Brands

Hannah is the Conference Operations Intern at Sustainable Brands, prepping for the upcoming SB'14 San Diego Conference. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies. Hannah is excited to get involved with Sustainable Brands and... +

Taobai Qi's picture
Member Support Associate
Sustainable Brands

Apple is a senior visual communication designer and design management strategist. Originally from Mainland China, Apple is currently pursuing her Master of Professional Studies in Design Management at Pratt Institute. She previously worked as a design director and manager at Branding and... +

Tamay Kiper's picture
Research Associate
Sustainable Brands
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