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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... +

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

Darren Beck's picture
Senior Director, Corporate Member Network
Sustainable Brands

Darren's passion is finding the sweet spot between financial success and a positive return for our world. Formerly the Director of Environmental Initiatives for Sprint, he now leads the corporate member network for Sustainable Brands. With more than 25 years of combined experience in marketing,... +

Jonathan Reese's picture
Director of Business Development
Sustainable Brands

Jonathan has 20 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.

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

David Fiss, CMP - serves on Sustainable Brand's leadership team and is our Ececutive Producer for Live Events.  David brings years of cause related event and meeting producing to his role with Sustainable Brands. David is active in the events and meetings communities and is a Board Member... +

Valerie Miller's picture
Director - Culture and Resources for People
Sustainable Brands

Valerie has been with Sustainable Brands since 2012, and her journey continues to develop her career and feed her spirit. Currently, Valerie serves as the Director of Culture & Resources for People, where her main priority is to empower others to do their best work, and make sure their... +

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... +

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)™... +

Sarah Douglis's picture
Business Development, Strategic Partnerships
Sustainable Brands
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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... +

Tamay Kiper's picture
Sustainability Project 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.... +

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... +

Melissa Pendergraft's picture
Design Manager
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 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 in... +

Alexandra Smith's picture
Membership Engagement Associate
Sustainable Brands

Alex is a Member Engagement and Fulfillment Associate at Sustainable Brands. She received her MS in Applied Social Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she focused on the human aspects of environmental decision-making. Before coming to Sustainable Brands, Alex worked in... +

Lizzy Hearne's picture
Events and Sponsorship Associate
Sustainable Brands

Lizzy is an Events and Sponsorship Associate for Sustainable Brands. She studied music business and sustainability at University of Colorado Denver, where her passion for creating a better world for future generations was sparked. During her time in Colorado, she worked with various committees... +

Talia Arbit's picture
Project Manager, Global Brand & Communications
Sustainable Brands

Talia is a Project Manager on the Global Brand and Corporate Communications team. She has her BA in Environmental Biology and French Language & Literature from Barnard College, Columbia University and her M.Ed in Urban Education & Policy from Loyola Marymount University. After university... +

Leslie Isaac's picture
Executive Assistant
Sustainable Brands
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Karina Newman's picture
Community Engagement Coordinator
Sustainable Brands

 

Karina is a Community Engagement Coordinator for Sustainable Brands. She has a BA in Psychology from UCLA with minors in Entrepreneurship and Global Health. Her experience working with several social impact organizations in Los Angeles and leading the Fair Trade campaign... +

Tatiana Villaflor's picture
Front End Developer
Sustainable Brands

Tatiana is a Manager of Front-End Development for Sustainable Brands. She has a BFA degree in Advertising / Graphic Design from the Philippine Women’s University. With over 10 years of experience in the Web and Graphic Design field, her broad range of specialties expanded to visual design,... +

Matthew Long's picture
Marketing & Business Analyst
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.

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Jennifer Locke's picture
Office Coordinator
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... +

Libby MacCarthy's picture
Editorial Assistant
Sustainable Brands

Libby MacCarthy is an Editorial Assistant at Sustainable Brands, based in Maine and France. She is a former urban planner specializing in sustainable cities, and an urban farming and film photography enthusiast. She holds a BA in Environment, Society and Sustainability from Dalhousie University... +

Helen Quinn-Pasin's picture
Event Operations Intern
Sustainable Brands

Senior at Santa Clara University majoring in Communications and Italian Studies. 

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