SASB Standards Research Team
The SASB Standards Research team supports the SASB Standards Board in developing and maintaining the SASB Standards. The SASB Standards Research team is listed below. To see the full Value Reporting Foundation staff, click here.
Bryan Esterly Chief Technical Officer San Francisco, CA
As the Chief Technical Officer for the SASB Standards, Bryan Esterly guides the technical staff’s standard-setting activities to maintain and improve the SASB Standards, including collaborating with the SASB Standards Board in its reviews and approvals of updates to the Standards. His role is centered on supporting the staff’s research and consultations with industry and investors in order to drive the standardization of financially material sustainability information in corporate reporting for investors. Prior to the Value Reporting Foundation and SASB, Mr. Esterly worked in the financial risk management industry, most recently serving as Vice President with Aon’s Financial Services Group. He is a CFA charterholder.
Marvin Smith Director of Research – Market Engagement San Francisco, CA
In his role as Director of Research – Market Engagement, Marvin Smith develops relationships and structures engagements with market participants for dialogues with the Research Team and SASB Standards Board regarding feedback on financially-material sustainability topics. This feedback ensures that the SASB Standards update process remains market informed. His work includes managing the activities related to the SASB Standards Advisory Group (SAG), a standing committee of volunteer industry experts who provide feedback on the implementation and use of the SASB Standards. Prior to joining SASB, Mr. Smith served as a sustainability consultant where he was responsible for facilitating discourses and partnerships regarding sustainability issues between companies and NGOs. He helped companies understand trends and best practices in shareholder advocacy, transparency, and the dissemination of environmental, social and governance (ESG) information, including materiality assessment and CSR reporting.
Devon Bonney Analyst, Sector Lead – Food & Beverage San Francisco, CA
Devon Bonney leads research and standards development for the Food & Beverage sector of the SASB Standards. Her role is centered around engagements with industry, investors and subject matter experts to develop and drive the adoption of SASB Standards. Previously, Ms. Bonney worked in environmental health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Ms. Bonney holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina, a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Bates College.
Blanka Fuzvolgyi Operations Associate San Francisco, CA
As Operations Associate, Blanka Fuzvolgyi acts as the liaison between the Research Team, SASB Standards Board and the public. She provides logistical support for these groups, including the organization and documentation of high-profile events such as public board meetings and external speaking engagements. She also supports the internal needs of SASB Standards Board and the Research Team through the design and implementation of processes to maximize efficiency. Mrs. Fuzvolgyi holds a BA in Secondary English Education and a Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations from the University of South Florida.
Emily Gaston Analyst, Sector Lead – Financials New York, NY
Emily Gaston leads research and development for the Financials sector of the SASB standards. Ms. Gaston is responsible for engaging with industry, investors and subject matter experts to maintain and create industry specific SASB standards. Prior to starting with the Value Reporting Foundation, Ms. Gaston held various assurance roles in financial institutions in both London and New York, including Nomura Securities, Standard Life Investments, Lombard Odier Investment Managers and PwC. Ms. Gaston is a licensed CPA in New York state and holds a BSc in Accountancy from Queen’s University of Belfast. Ms. Gaston is currently pursuing an MSc in Sustainability Management at the Columbia University in the City of New York.
Gail Glazerman Lead Analyst, Sector Lead – Resource Transformation and Renewable Resources New York, NY
Ms. Glazerman is a Lead Analyst covering Resource Transformation and Renewable Resources. Previously, she was an equity analyst at Roe Equity Research and Executive Director in UBS’ Investment Research Department, where she frequently collaborated with the ESG research team. Prior to working in equities, she was a municipal bond analyst. Ms. Glazerman has global perspective and extensive industry knowledge. Ms. Glazerman is a CFA, and earned an MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BA in economics from Haverford College. In 2015 she was ranked #1 overall US stock picker by Reuters StarMine. In 2012, the Financial Times included her in their list of the top 10 US stock pickers. Additionally, she has ranked in Institutional Investor’s All America and Global research teams multiple times over the span of her career.
Rommie Johnson Technical Strategy Lead Denver, CO
Rommie Johnson is the Technical Strategy Lead for the Value Reporting Foundation’s Research Team. In this role, he shapes and drives forward the organization’s strategy to ensure SASB Standards are incorporated as a core and coherent component of the financial disclosure infrastructure of global capital markets. Previously, Mr. Johnson worked in a variety of strategic communications and policy-focused positions with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and as a sustainable finance consultant to companies, investors, and market intermediaries. Mr. Johnson has more than 25 years of varied and often multi-disciplinary business experience with a background in the publishing industry, entrepreneurial ventures, sustainability, consulting and nonprofits. Mr. Johnson earned B.S. and MBA degrees from the University of Florida and holds both the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) Credential and the Fundamentals of Integrated Reporting certificate.
William Meister Analyst, Sector Lead – Infrastructure San Francisco, CA
Will Meister is an Analyst at the Value Reporting Foundation working on the Infrastructure sector of the SASB Standards. He works with companies, investors and subject matter experts to develop and drive the adoption of market standards for reporting financially-material, cost-effective and decision-useful sustainability information. Prior to joining SASB in 2020, he worked as an accountant at Google, an ESG analyst at Sustainalytics, a business developer at an AgTech startup and a tax consultant at Deloitte. He is a licensed CPA in Arizona and holds an MSc in Sustainable Resource Management from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He received the Sustainable Resource Management Award from the Audi Environmental Foundation for his master’s thesis at TUM.
Taylor Reed Analyst, Sector Lead – Consumer Goods San Francisco, CA
At the Value Reporting Foundation, Taylor Reed leads research and standards development for the Consumer Goods Sector of the SASB Standards. Her role is centered around research and engagements with companies and investors to drive the standardization of financially material sustainability information in corporate reporting to investors. Prior to joining SASB in 2017, Ms. Reed conducted equity research to identify sustainability-driven business opportunities and risks at an investment firm to inform its global equity strategy. Ms. Reed holds BAs in International Studies and French from the University of Idaho and an MBA from Boise State University, where she was awarded the UN Global Compact’s Recognition of Excellence in Reporting for producing the University’s inaugural sustainability report.
Sam Wallace Analyst, Sector Lead – Technology and Communications
Sam Wallace is an analyst covering the technology and communications sector of the SASB standards. He works with companies, investors and subject matter experts to develop and drive the adoption of market standards for reporting financially-material, cost-effective and decision-useful sustainability information. Prior to joining the VRF, Mr. Wallace worked in a policy and communications role on Microsoft’s newly launched UN Affairs team. Previously, he worked at an agency leading communications and marketing programs for early-stage startups and organizations in the B2B technology space, and in the legal department at Google. Mr. Wallace holds an MBA from NYU Stern and a BA from Williams College.
Greg Waters Associate Director San Francisco, CA
As Associate Director of Research, Greg Waters supervises technical staff on the research team and provides oversight on technical staff’s execution of standard-setting activities, sector coverage, and organizational projects. He also serves as the sector lead for the Technology & Communications sector of the SASB Standards. Prior to joining SASB in 2019, Mr. Waters spent seven years on the research team at proxy advisor Glass Lewis, where he led a team analyzing the corporate governance of North American companies. He holds an MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BA in Economics from Bates College.
Lynn Xia Director of Research San Francisco, CA
As Director of Research, Lynn Xia supervises technical staff covering SASB Standards and provides oversight on technical staff’s execution of standard-setting activities, sector coverage and organizational projects. Ms. Xia contributes to research team strategy and process development as a member of the research team leadership. Previously, Ms. Xia led research and standards development at SASB for the Food & Beverage sector. Prior to joining SASB in 2017, Ms. Xia served as an economic consultant to leading law firms where she prepared damages analyses and expert witness reports for commercial litigation. Ms. Xia holds an MBA and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and BS in Business Administration and BA in Environmental Sciences from the University of Southern California.