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 with a staff of 30, a budget of $5.8 million, 150 advisors and over 1,600 corporate and investor participants in the standards-setting process to date representing over $17T in assets under management and $8T in market capitalization.
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.
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.
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.
Director, 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.
Douglas Park has spent his career in academia, business, and law addressing complex problems that cut across functional and disciplinary lines.
Before joining SASB, Douglas worked with executives, investors, and board members on corporate governance, corporate and securities law, and strategy. Douglas has litigated securities and financial fraud cases and consulted to companies on competitive strategy and organizational behavior.
Douglas has also been a tenure track professor of management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, School of Business and Management, where he taught Strategy, Organization Theory, and Entrepreneurship and received several citations for teaching excellence. At the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program, he has taught Starting Startups, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Business Law.
He serves as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Governance Research and Education Subcommittee, and on the Evaluation Committee of the BlackRock/NACD Corporate Governance Innovation Challenge.
Douglas 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.
KATIE SCHMITZ EULITT
Director, Stakeholder Engagement
Katie Schmitz Eulitt has been exploring and making the business case for sustainable development for over 15 years. Her industry experience is wide-ranging and includes: finance; oil and gas; electric power; renewable energy; fine arts, and; public relations. She has lived and worked in 9 countries on 4 continents. Katie earned her B.A. in Japanese at UC Berkeley, an MBA from Institut Européen d‘Administration des Affaires (INSEAD, France), and a certificate in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School. Katie is a board member of the Orange County Sustainability Collaborative. Her children and husband teach her some of life’s greatest lessons.
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 finance education.
The staff conducts industry research, evaluates evidence of materiality, leads industry working groups, analyzes oral and written comments received from the public, and prepares recommendations and draft standards for consideration by the industry working groups, the public and the standards council.
MONA AHMADI – Finance and Operations Manager
SAMANTHA BARNES – Development Associate
MICHELLE BOCCIA – Graphic Designer
TRENT BOORMAN – Systems Analyst
JAIMIE COHEN – Marketing Associate
ANDREW COLLINS – Associate Director, Technical Research
HENRIK COTRAN – Research Analyst
MICHAEL D’ANDREA – Senior Manager, Education
STEPHANIE GLAZER – Senior Associate, Technical Research
ANTON GORODNIUK – Evidence Research Analyst
ROMMIE JOHNSON – Content Manager
JESSI LAWRENCE – Systems and Operations Associate
NICOLAI LUNDY – Manager, Education
DEB MARTIN – Associate Director, Stakeholder Engagement
AMANDA MEDRESS – Associate Director, Communications
NASHAT MOIN – Research Associate
HIMANI PHADKE – Associate Director, Research
ELI REISMAN – Product Manager
DARCIE RENN – Research Associate
ARTURO RODRIGUEZ – Research Analyst (Contractor)
JOHN SCHEIDT, JD – Manager, Human Resources
LEVI STEWART – Technical Research Analyst
HARRISON THOMAS – Manager, Stakeholder Engagement
EVAN TYLENDA – Research Analyst
QUINN UNDERRINER – Research Analyst
GABRIELLA VOZZA – Technical Research Analyst
GRETCHEN YEN – Executive Assistant to the CEO
JENNIFER YIP – Senior Manager, Education – Partnerships and Products