Leadership Team & Staff

 

Leadership Team

 

009SASB_portraits_1940_72JEAN ROGERS, PHD, PE
CEO

 

Dr. Jean Rogers is the CEO of SASB. Since 2010 SASB developed from an idea formulated in collaboration with the Harvard University Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Kennedy School of Government into a globally-respected, ANSI-accredited, independent standards-setting organization,

 

Jean draws upon her 20 years’ experience in sustainability and management consulting across a wide range of industries including utilities, extractives, financials, and real estate.  She has worked with international clients to integrate sustainability into strategy and operations, minimizing risk and maximizing returns across the triple bottom line.  Jean’s leadership experience includes 10 years as a Principal at Arup, a global engineering consultancy focused on sustainable development. Jean was also a management consultant at Deloitte, working in the environmental and manufacturing practices to help leading companies improve business and product performance through sustainability.

 

Jean is a former Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an ME in Environmental Engineering and a BE in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College.

 

 

 

2013-10 MW for SASBMATTHEW WELCH

COO

 

Matthew Welch has dedicated his career to leading mission-based organizations through the challenges of achieving growth, scale, and self-sufficiency. His work experience spans government, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors, and he has led teams in entering new markets, launching products, and increasing the profitability of operations.

 

At SASB Matthew is responsible for the efficiency and effectiveness of the internal organization and for driving earned income through education and training products. Matthew has broad experience in education, having served as COO at Junyo, a learning analytics company, and holding the top operating role at Kaplan K12 Learning Services, where he oversaw sales and service operations, product development, and technology. At Kaplan’s Test Prep division, Matthew led the organization’s shift to online product offerings, and he built the platforms required to deliver them. He has also consulted for numerous government and education organizations on financial management, program development, and process improvement.

 

Matthew holds a BA from Grinnell College and a MPA in management and public policy from Columbia University. He is member of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees, where he sits on the budget committee and is vice-chair for the academic affairs committee.

 

 

 

Bill Howley headshotBILL HOWLEY

Chief Development Officer

 

William “Bill” Howley is Chief Development Officer, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. Bill has twenty years experience in senior leadership of international philanthropy with expertise including market and finance innovations in the clean energy transition, climate resilience of ecosystems & economies and public-private partnerships for restorative natural resource management.

 

Bill served as founding Group Vice President, Environment for part of the Rockefeller family of philanthropic organizations where he was responsible for strategy, implementation management, grant-making and business development. Previously Bill served as the founding director of the organization’s Innovation Investment Program and founding Country Office Director for its program in Brazil.

 

Bill has ten years prior experience as a project finance and international business development executive in the photovoltaics solar electricity industry for Siemens and Atlantic Richfield companies. Bill received his undergraduate degree in human biology from Stanford University and his MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.

 

 

 

034SASB_portraits_2024_72JEROME LAVIGNE-DELVILLE

Chief of Standards Development

 

Jerome Lavigne-Delville is a recognized expert in corporate sustainability, blending nearly 15 years of experience in corporate law, investment banking and social responsibility.

 

Most recently, he was a Programme Officer at the United Nations Global Compact, responsible for sustainability performance, disclosure and financial markets. In this capacity, he developed a differentiation program for sustainability performance and reporting for more than 7000 companies based in over 140 countries, and ranging from small national companies to the largest multinationals.

 

He played a key role in advancing the understanding, measurement and communication of sustainability performance with financial markets, including the launch of the ESG Investor Briefings to integrate sustainability in mainstream investor communications. Jerome also worked closely with UNPRI, the IFC and other initiatives to promote Responsible Investment, Sustainable Finance and Sustainable Stock Exchanges, including during the Rio+20 Earth Summit.

 

Prior to the United Nations, Jerome worked as an investment banker at Bear Stearns & Co, as an attorney in Mergers & Acquisitions at Shearman & Sterling and at the World Economic Forum advising companies in the Media industry.

 

Jerome is a citizen of France and the United States. He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and law degrees in from the U.S, the Netherlands and France. He is admitted to practice law in the United States (New York). On a personal level he considers himself an avid traveler, average surfer and a pretty awesome dad.

 

 

 

Directors

 

001SASB15_7056DOUGLAS PARK, JD, PHD
Director of Legal Policy & Outreach

 

Douglas Park leads the development of SASB’s positions on legal and corporate governance matters and engages with lawyers, governance professionals, board members, and others on these issues. Before joining SASB, Doug advised executives, board members, and investors on corporate governance, corporate and securities law, and strategy.

 

Doug has been an assistant professor of management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, School of Business and Management, where he taught Strategy and Organization Theory and received several citations for teaching excellence. He has also taught at Stanford University.

 

He serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure and Reporting Committee, a Member of the Sustainability and Governance Subcommittee, and a Member of the Programs Committee of the Silicon Valley Directors Exchange. Doug has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Northern California in Business/Corporate Law and Securities & Corporate Finance.

 

Doug holds a JD from University of Michigan Law School, a PhD in Business from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an AB magna cum laude with highest honors in Sociology from Harvard College.

 

 

 

elizabeth_headshotELIZABETH SINGLETON
Director of Advisory Groups

 

Elizabeth Singleton manages engagement with key stakeholders in SASB’s standards setting process, developing and maintaining key relationships and partnerships to ensure robust engagement from corporations, investors, and intermediaries during key phases of development of the SASB standards. Elizabeth has worked across the spectrum of social impact from international development in Tanzania to philanthropy strategy to corporate sustainability strategy and business development.

 

Prior to joining SASB Elizabeth ran her own start up, worked as a Strategy Officer at the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, and held a variety of roles working on sustainability and business development at The Dow Chemical Company. Early in her career, Elizabeth co-founded the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum, building alliances and influencing policy to support rights-based management of natural resources in Tanzania.

 

She serves on the Board of two conservation organizations, The Snow Leopard Trust and Maliasili Initiatives. She is also a member of the Alumni Advisory Board to the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business.

 

Elizabeth holds an MBA from University of California, Haas School of Business, where she was a Brian Maxwell Fellow, and an AB from Princeton University

 

 

 

Associate Directors

 

041SASB15_7178ANDREW COLLINS
Associate Director, Technical Research

Andrew manages development of SASB’s accounting metrics and authoring of SASB’s Standards. Prior to joining SASB Andrew worked at SCS Global Services, a boutique sustainability certification firm, where he led a team conducting audits and certification assessments of products and manufacturing facilities. He is trained in a variety of ISO, ANSI, and ISEAL standards including those related to sustainable forestry, social accountability, and quality management systems. Andrew has participated in working groups to develop standards for carpet manufacturing, precious metals refining, plastics recycling, and textile manufacturing. Currently, he sits on the Climate Disclosure Standards Board’s Technical Work Group (a project of CDP) and the Cradle-to-Cradle Certified™ Product Standard Advisory Group (AG). He began his career at Mahindra & Mahindra, Ltd. in Mumbai, India where he was a member of the team that oversaw publication of Mahindra’s inaugural corporate sustainability report. Andrew holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Yale University in New Haven, CT.

 

 

 

030SASB15_7145AMANDA MEDRESS
Associate Director, Communications

 

Amanda Medress is the Associate Director of Communications for SASB. In this role, Amanda oversees SASB’s PR, media, marketing, and external and internal communications. Prior to SASB, Amanda worked at Edelman, where she advised on the sustainability communications of corporations including Burger King, Wrigley, Northern Trust, and Humana. Amanda’s civic leadership includes launching the Chicago chapter of the young professionals group of the Roosevelt Institute. She is a professionally trained conflict resolution practitioner and the author and illustrator of an environmental children’s book entitled “Quaid McQueen, Trash Machine.” Amanda holds a BA from Oberlin College.

 

 

 

047SASB15_7198HIMANI PHADKE
Associate Director, Research

 

Himani joined SASB in 2012 and currently leads research on industry-specific sustainability issues and their financial value impacts, resulting in the identification of disclosure topics for SASB standards and development of research publications outlining the evidence basis for the topics. Prior to joining SASB, Himani co-founded a renewable energy social enterprise, REwiRE, focused on scaling up energy access solutions for emerging markets. Himani has previous experience in financial consulting at LECG, London, and policy development at the UK Treasury. At the Treasury, she worked on legislative and regulatory proposals for investment banking reform, the former being subsequently adopted by the UK Parliament. Himani has an MA in International Policy—Energy and Environment, from Stanford University, an MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University (UK) and a BA in Economics and Statistics from Mumbai University (India).

 

 

 

010SASB15_7087JOHN SCHEIDT, JD
Associate Director, Human Resources

 

John Scheidt is the Associate Director of Human Resources at SASB. In this role, John oversees functions including organizational and employee development, employee relations, compensations, benefits, payroll, legal compliance, staffing management and business leadership. Prior to SASB, John spent 14 years working at various law firm in the Bay area, most recently as the talent acquisition manager for Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. John sat on the Richmond District YMCA board for two years, including serving as committee chair. He holds a BA from CSU Fresno and a JD from Golden Gate University Law School.

 
 

Staff

SASB is assisted by a professional staff, each of whom has a concern for investors, corporations, and the public interest in matters of sustainability, accounting, and reporting. Collectively they have knowledge and experience in sustainability, investing, research, finance, accounting, business, and financial education.

 

The staff conducts industry research, evaluates evidence, leads industry working groups, analyzes oral and written comments received from the public, and prepares recommendations and draft standards for consideration by industry working groups, the public, and the Standards Council.

 

 

MONA AHMADI – Finance and Operations Manager

 

SAMANTHA BARNES – Development Associate

 

TRENT BOORMAN – Systems Analyst

 

PETER CORCORAN – Graphic Designer

 

HENRIK COTRAN – Research Analyst

 

MICHAEL DANDREA – Senior Manager, IT

 

BRYAN ESTERLY – Research Associate

 

ANTON GORODNIUK – Evidence Research Analyst

 

ROMMIE JOHNSON – Content Manager

 

ERIC KANE – Research Associate

 

JESSI LAWRENCE – Systems and Operations Associate

 

NICOLAI LUNDY – Manager, Education

 

NASHAT MOIN – Research Associate

 

ELI REISMAN – Product Manager

 

JILL RICHARDSON –  Digital Communications Manager

 

ARTURO RODRIGUEZ –  Research Analyst (Contractor)

 

LEVI STEWART – Technical Research Analyst

 

HARRISON THOMAS – Senior Market Strategist

 

EVAN TYLENDA  – Research Analyst

 

QUINN UNDERRINER – Research Analyst

 

GABRIELLA VOZZA – Technical Research Analyst

 

GRETCHEN YEN – Executive Assistant to the CEO