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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... +

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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

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

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Mike Hower's picture
Senior Writer
Sustainable Brands

Currently based in Washington, D.C, Mike Hower is a writer and strategic communicator helping to drive the conversation at the intersection of sustainable business and public policy. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from University of California, Davis and is currently pursuing a... +

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 an associate editor for Sustainable Brands. Follow him... +

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... +

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

Valerie Miller's picture
Executive Producer - Live Events
Sustainable Brands

Valerie is the Director of Operations and Producer of Sustainable Brands San Diego, New Metrics, and Sustainable Brands London. 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... +

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... +

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... +

Matt Eversman's picture
Senior Content Creator
Sustainable Brands

Matt is responsible for the Sustainable Brands Library and Collaboratory.

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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... +

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
Content Development Manager
Sustainable Brands

Tamay is excited to join the team as Content Development Manager and she is happy to be part of the global impact that Sustainable Brands is making. She is a risk and strategy professional with over five years of international experience in internal controls design, business process... +

Lisa Hendrickson's picture
Business Development
Sustainable Brands

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