Meet Our Team

User login

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... +

Geoff Trotter's picture
Chief Development Officer
Sustainable Brands

Geoff brings more than thirty years of executive-level experience to Sustainable Brands having lived in Europe, Asia-Pacific and now the Americas – undertaking numerous roles in the for-Profit sector [with The Thomson Corporation, Diageo / Guinness World Records and Ernst & Young, serving as... +

Michael Plisek's picture
Director of Finance, Planning, Accounting
Sustainable Life Media, Inc.
+
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... +

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. Before Stanford, Dimitar worked in international development at the... +

Jessie Rogers's picture
Director of Marketing
Sustainable Brands

Jessie has spent 20 fulfilling years in Marketing and Communications, working primarily in the digital realm for brands including Nickelodeon and Ask.com. She has also worked as a consultant for small San Francisco-based businesses on behalf of the City of San Francisco's Small Business... +

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... +

Patrick McCartan's picture
Director Corporate Member Development
Sustainable Brands

Born and raised in Ireland, Patrick joined Sustainable Life Media in January 2012. Patrick is the Director of the Sustainable Brands Corporate Membership Development.

+
David Fiss's picture
Executive Producer - Live Events
Sustainable Brands

A long time friend and admirer of Sustainable Brands, David Fiss formally joined the team as the Associate Producer for Live Events in the summer of 2015.  David brings years of cause related event and meeting producing to his role with Sustainable Brands.

David is a graduate of... +

Valerie Miller's picture
Sr. Manager - Corporate Administration & HR, Advisory Board Liaison
Sustainable Brands

Valerie is the Head of HR, Corporate Administration and acts as liaison for the Global Advisory Board. She believes in the power of listening, simplicity in design and execution, and bringing her passion for community, sustainability, and resiliency into each and every part of her position.... +

Jennifer Elks's picture
Managing Editor
Sustainable Brands

Jennifer Elks is Managing Editor at 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... +

Shama Alexander's picture
Senior Manager - Business Development
Sustainable Brands

Shama has spent the past 15 years working with companies to identify areas of opportunity as a driver to implement environmentally and socially responsible practice in their business operations. Prior to coming to Sustainable Brands, she was the Director of Industry Relations for the Non-GMO... +

Joy Pettirossi-Poland's picture
Senior Manager - Business Development
Sustainable Brands

Professionally, Joy has worked with Investment Advisors and CPAs for over 25 years as an expert in business development strategies, brand differentiation, building strategic alliances and crafting CPE and professional development forums. In 2012 Joy created the MVP (More Value & Profit)™... +

Bo's picture
Senior Manager, Marketing Operations Research Analyst
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 ... +

Riley Scherer's picture
Sponsorship & Expo Manager
Sustainable Brands

Riley is the Sponsorship & Expo Manager 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... +

Alison Brown's picture
Live Event Manager
Sustainable Brands

Alison has a versatile professional background that includes over ten years of experience in sustainability and communications. She is originally from the Bay Area and completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

She recently... +

Nassy Avramidis's picture
Content Development Manager
Sustainable Brands

Nassy is Content Development Manager at Sustainable Brands. Prior to joining the team, she worked as CSR Manager for Sustain Natural, and before that was a Communications Specialist (Writer) for the Institute for Sustainable... +

Tamay Kiper's picture
Content Development Manager
Sustainable Brands

Tamay joined the team as Content Development Manager and she is excited to be part of the global impact Sustainable Brands is making. She is a risk and strategy professional with international experience in sustainability strategy and corporate citizenship in various industries.... +

Lauren Smith's picture
Community Engagement Coordinator
Sustainable Brands

Lauren is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Sustainable Brands. With a passion for sustainability and experience in social media and marketing, Lauren is thrilled to find herself combining her interests and skills in her efforts to significantly support the growth and reach of Sustainable... +

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... +

Danielle Rubio's picture
Member Engagement Associate
Sustainable Brands

Danielle is a recent graduate of the Claremont Colleges with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Policy. Before coming to Sustainable Brands, she worked with social enterprises both domestically and globally that used business as a means for social change. With a strong background... +

Christine Kehner's picture
Office Manager
Sustainable Brands

Christine joined Sustainable Brands in 2015 as the Office Manager and Executive Assistant. With a B.A. in Environmental Studies from New York University, she has strong interests in sustainable business practices. Favorite reading topics include sustainable agriculture and the global coffee... +

Hannah Furlong's picture
Editorial Assistant
Sustainable Brands

Hannah Furlong is an Editorial Assistant at Sustainable Brands, based in Canada. She recently completed her Bachelor's in Environment and Business Co-op from the University of Waterloo. Hannah has been actively working on startups for over three years, and is interested in the circular economy,... +

Jonathan Ohliger's picture
Front End Developer
Sustainable Brands

Jon is a Front End Developer at Sustainable Brands. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics from Grinnell College, discovered a love of programming in his final semester, and has been teaching himself the craft of web development ever since. He moved out to the Bay Area  in 2008 and doesn... +

Karen Peña's picture
Executive Assistant
Sustainable Brands
+
Mike Hower's picture
Senior Writer
Sustainable Brands

Mike Hower is senior writer at Sustainable Brands. Check out his blog, ClimaTalk.

+
Bart King's picture
Principal, New Growth Communications
Associate Editor, Sponsored Content, Sustainable Brands

Bart King is the principal of New Growth Communications, a network of affiliated content producers and strategists serving clients in the emerging green economy. He is also Associate Editor of Sponsored Content for Sustainable Brands. Follow him... +

Samuel Kleeman's picture
Digital Corporate Sponsorship/ Live Events Associate
Sustainable Brands
+
Pernilla Hamren's picture
Live Event Publicity Intern
Sustainable Brands
+
Jillian Jordan's picture
International Business Development Associate
Sustainable Brands

Jillian Jordan is part of the International Business Development team at Sustainable Brands. Her background includes environmental sustainability work in... +

Siri Andrews's picture
SB Innovation Open Co-Coordinator
Sustainable Brands

Siri Andrews is the SB Innovation Open Co-Coordinator for SB'16 San Diego. She is currently at student at the University of Michigan, pursuing her BBA through the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, as well as minors in Scandinavian Studies and Sustainability. She has studied abroad in Oxford,... +

Alexandra Smith's picture
Membership Intern
Sustainable Brands

Alex is an Intern with Member Engagement and Fulfillment at Sustainable Brands. She recently received her MS from Royal Holloway, University of London in Applied Social Psychology, where she focused on environmental decision-making. Before coming to Sustainable Brands, Alex worked in several... +

Matthew Long's picture
Online Marketing / Business Intelligence Intern
Sustainable Brands

Matthew is an interdisciplinary studies major at UC Berkeley, with a focus on business, environmentalism, and social problems. He aims to create a new paradigm of business that focuses on producing social and environmental wealth, in addition to material revenue.

+
Isabelle Wing's picture
Event Operations Intern
Sustainable Brands

Isabelle is an intern with Event Operations at Sustainable Brands. She is a graduate of Seattle University and has a degree in Public Affairs.

+
Jennifer Locke's picture
Event Operations Intern
Sustainable Brands

Jennifer is an intern with Events Operations at Sustainable Brands. She is currently studying Tourism Development & Business Management at Arizona State University, with minors in both Sustainability and Meeting & Convention Sales. She hopes to be able to have an influence on the... +