Dr. Jean Rogers is the CEO and Founder 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. In 2015 she was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor and in 2015 and 2016 she was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today.
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 a member of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees, where he sits on the finance committee and chairs the academic affairs committee.
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.
Head of Standards Setting Organization
As Head of Standards Setting, Michael oversees research, analytics, consultation, and codification and maintenance of the SASB standards. Michael’s career spans functions and industries. He has worked predominantly in Finance, including almost a decade at quantitative equities firm AXA Rosenberg with roles in both core research and helping manage billions-of-$ in Long/Short strategies. He has most recently served as the founding CEO of Coppersea Distilling, a field-to-glass farm distillery in NY’s Hudson Valley. He graduated cum laude in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia before graduate school at Northwestern (MS, Industrial Engineering) and UC Berkeley (MBA, Haas School of Business).
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.
As the Director of Advancement at SASB, Anne Marie Fell supports SASB’s donor relationships, with a focus on major gifts. Anne Marie’s career spans 20+ years in philanthropy. Most recently, Anne Marie led grant-making at Credit Suisse Americas Foundation. In this role Anne Marie also supported the Bank’s Corporate Citizenship efforts in the region. Prior to grant-making, Anne Marie distinguished herself as a fundraiser in several NYC nonprofits including Prep for Prep and Doe Fund.
JANINE GUILLOT – janine.guillot[at]sasb.org
Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach
Janine Guillot is the Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach at SASB, where she works with investors to support demand for standardized disclosure of material sustainability factors. Ms. Guillot has more than 25 years of experience in operating, strategy, risk management and finance roles in financial services, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Incapture LP, an early stage enterprise technology and asset management business. Prior to joining Incapture, Janine served as Chief Operating Investment Officer for the California Public Employee’s Retirement System (CalPERS). She was responsible for CalPERS investment office business and operational management, CalPERS Affiliate funds, and CalPERS defined contribution plans. Ms. Guillot also oversaw the CalPERS corporate governance program, including integration of sustainability and governance factors into investment decision-making. Janine has also held senior leadership positions at Barclays Global Investors and Bank of America, including serving as Chief Operating Officer for BGI’s European and Global Fixed Income businesses.
Janine holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Southern Methodist University. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, and she is a member of the board of Directors of Equilibrium Capital and Community Initiatives and serves on the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee.
NICOLAI LUNDY – nicolai.lundy[at]sasb.org
Director of Education
Nicolai oversees SASB’s efforts to develop, launch, and cultivate professional educational programs on sustainability accounting topics for investment analysts, financial reporting professionals, sustainability professionals, and securities lawyers. This involves managing the SASB Education team, staying abreast of current practices and emerging trends, and maintaining strong relationships with experts that advise and supplement our materials. Prior to starting at SASB in late 2013, Nicolai had various business development and sales support roles in the private sector and higher education. He holds a BA from Emory University.
MADHU MATHEW – madhu.mathew[at]sasb.org
Director of Technology
Madhu is the Director of Technology for SASB. In this role, he leads the technology initiatives that supports SASB’s standards research, stakeholder engagement, and market adoption of SASB standards. Madhu has over 15 years of experience in Technology. Before joining SASB, he worked as a Technology Strategy Consultant at Accenture. Prior to Accenture he led technology initiatives at Caterpillar, Inc. Madhu holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Amanda Medress is the 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.
As Research Director, Himani leads SASB’s work on sustainability disclosure topics and their potential to affect corporate value materially. Her research includes analysis of sustainability themes such as climate change and energy, and human rights across sectors.
Himani has experience in financial and accounting services at LECG, London, and financial regulation strategy at the UK Treasury. The UK Parliament adopted investment banking reform legislation based on proposals she worked on at the Treasury. At LECG, Himani consulted on business and regulatory issues in areas such as valuation and climate change. Himani co-founded a social enterprise, REwiRE, focused on scaling up renewable energy solutions for emerging markets. She 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).
ELI REISMAN – eli.reisman[at]sasb.org
Director of Partnerships
Eli Reisman is the Director of Partnerships at SASB. In his role, Eli leads SASB’s efforts to partner with organizations that are interested in incorporating SASB Standards and SICS™ into commercial offerings. To date Eli has helped develop five distinct partnership programs at SASB. Eli also oversees the development of tools aimed at increasing adoption and generating revenue, such as the SASB Standards Navigator. Prior to SASB, Eli spent six years at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), where he held a number of progressing positions. While at USGBC, Eli helped spearhead the restructure of USGBC’s membership program and also focused on developing analytical models to help inform USGBC’s business decisions. Eli has an MBA from George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Occidental College.
Director of Legal Policy & Outreach
Mr. Riesenberg is the Director of Legal Policy and Outreach at SASB. He is the former Deputy General Counsel of Ernst & Young LLP responsible for regulatory matters, primarily involving the SEC and the PCAOB. Mr. Riesenberg worked at E&Y for more than 20 years. He handled dozens of lawsuits and regulatory investigations of the firm and its clients. He was the firm’s lead lawyer on legislative and regulatory developments, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the SEC and PCAOB auditor independence rules, auditing and accounting standards, the U.S. Treasury Department Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession, the SEC Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting, and corporate governance matters.
Prior to joining E&Y, Mr. Riesenberg served for seven years as an Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he primarily handled court of appeals and Supreme Court cases involving insider trading, broker-dealer regulation, financial fraud, SEC rulemakings, and other securities law matters. Mr. Riesenberg’s position with SASB is funded through a consulting arrangement with EY.
John Scheidt is the 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 firms in the Bay area, with 10 years focused in Human Resources. 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.
LILY STEINBACH – lily.steinbach[at]sasb.org
Director of Finance and Operations
As Director of Finance and Operations, Lily works to support the growth of SASB by aligning and optimizing workflow, financial management and financial reporting. Lily comes most recently from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation where she was Investment Officer managing donor relations for diversified investment pools, overseeing investment reporting for the foundation and leading the social impact investing initiative. Prior to the foundation, she structured and originated debt for middle-market leveraged buy-outs in Europe and served as board director for the Eltern-Kind-Zentrum Stuttgart, a center supporting young families and senior engagement, where she was inspired to dedicate her career to mission driven companies and organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science from New York University – Stern School of Business.
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.
SAMANTHA BARNES – Development Manager – samantha.barnes[at]sasb.org
TRENT BOORMAN – Technology Operations Manager – trent.boorman[at]sasb.org
PETER CORCORAN – Graphic Designer – peter.corcoran[at]sasb.org
HENRIK COTRAN – Sector Analyst, Resource Transformation – resource_transformation[at]sasb.org
MICHAEL DANDREA – Senior Manager, Technology – michael.dandrea[at]sasb.org
BRYAN ESTERLY – Sector Analyst, Infrastructure – infrastructure[at]sasb.org
ANTON GORODNIUK – Sector Analyst, Financials – financials[at]sasb.org
SONYA HETRICK – Sector Analyst, Services – services[at]sasb.org
NATALIE HUEY – Development Assistant – natalie.huey[at]sasb.org
ERIC KANE – Sector Analyst, Health Care – health_care[at]sasb.org
JESSI LAWRENCE – Business Systems Analyst – jessi.lawrence[at]sasb.org
NASHAT MOIN – Sector Analyst, Transportation – transportation[at]sasb.org
DAVID PARHAM – Sector Analyst, Non-Renewable Resources – nrr[at]sasb.org
JILL RICHARDSON – Digital Communications Manager – jill.richardson[at]sasb.org
KATIE SCHMITZ EULITT – Strategic Advisor, Stakeholder Outreach – katie[at]sasb.org
ANANTA SEN – Investor Outreach Associate – ananta.sen[at]sasb.org
LEVI STEWART – Sector Analyst, Consumption I – consumption1[at]sasb.org
QUINN UNDERRINER – Sector Analyst, Technology & Communication – ICT[at]sasb.org
GABRIELLA VOZZA – Sector Analyst, Consumption II – consumption2[at]sasb.org
STEN WHITE – Executive Administrative Assistant – sten.white[at]sasb.org