Staff

MATTHEW WELCH
President

 

Matthew 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 programs, and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

As President, Matthew works with the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s strategic objectives and then lead the staff in implementing them. He oversees the financing of the organization through fundraising and commercial activities, and is responsible for the operations that support these areas and the work of the SASB standards-setting board and its technical staff.

Matthew has broad experience in strategy, operations, and product development, developed through senior roles at Kaplan Test Prep, Kaplan K12 Learning Services, Junyo, Teachscape, and The Rotary Foundation. Years of experience with education programs, software and data products, and research studies give Matthew a good background for equipping the market with offerings that support education and use of the SASB standards.

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 has served on the Finance and Development Committees. He currently chairs the Academic Affairs Committee.


SONAL DALAL
Technical Director

 

Sonal Pandya Dalal brings over two decades of experience in sustainability metrics development and assessment, thought leadership, and relationship management. As the Technical Director, Sonal plays a key role in the systematic evaluation and analysis of SASB’s industry-specific sustainability accounting standards for each of 11 sectors and 79 industries in the Sustainable Industry Classification System.

Sonal joined SASB after having served in leadership positions at Facebook and Conservation International. As a technical specialist, she drove the development of goals and comprehensive sustainability strategies across a range of industries. At Conservation International, she oversaw the Business and Sustainability Council, a forum for corporate leaders taking positive environmental actions in their businesses. She also served as a subject matter expert and advisor for the GHG Protocol and Natural Capital Coalition.

Sonal holds a B.A. in Biology from Drew University and a M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainability Development from the University of Maryland, College Park. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the School for Field Studies.


ANNE MARIE FELL
Director of Advancement

 

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 
Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach

 

Janine Guillot is the Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach at SASB, where she leads outreach to 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. Janine served as Chief Operating Investment Officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), where 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 held senior leadership positions at Barclays Global Investors, Bank of America and Incapture LP. At Barclays Global Investors, she served as Chief Operating Officer for BGI’s European and Global Fixed Income businesses. She began her career in public accounting.

Janine holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Equilibrium Capital and Community Initiatives. She serves on the Senior Advisory Board at the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, on B Lab’s Multinational and Public Markets’ Advisory Council, and on the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee.


JORI HAYNER
Director of Finance and Operations

 

Jori is the Director of Finance and Operations, working to optimize use of Foundation resources. In this role, she oversees the budget process and develops and maintains models to forecast sales, expenses, and cash flow. She seeks to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations, including managing HR and other functions. Jori brings over 20 years of consulting, finance, and operations experience in a variety of industries to her role at SASB. She holds a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College and completed graduate studies in Environmental Management at the Australian National University.


NICOLAI LUNDY 
Director of Education and Partnerships

 

Nicolai Lundy is the Director of Education and Partnerships, where he identifies opportunities for professionals in finance, investment analysis, and sustainability to benefit from SASB’s research on material ESG factors across 79 industries. In doing so, he oversees SASB’s membership, conference, and education programs as well as licensing and the SASB Navigator. Before joining SASB in 2013, Nicolai had business development and operations roles in the private sector and higher education. He holds a BA from Emory University.


MADHU MATHEW 
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.


BLAINE PEDLOW 
Major Gifts Officer

 

Blaine works to create partnerships with individual donors looking to support the mission and vision of SASB. He is drawn to working with SASB through his background in environmental science and a belief in the potential of transparent markets to help drive greater sustainability.

Prior to joining SASB, Blaine has worked in university development at Stanford University and, most recently, University of California, Berkeley, his alma mater. Blaine is an avid sailor and competes internationally in a variety of classes.


DAVID S. POST, CFA
Director of Research

 

David leads SASB’s Research Team, which includes sector analysts, a technical director, and a stakeholder outreach manager who oversees SASB’s currently forming Sector Advisory Groups. The Research Team researches financially material sustainability risks and opportunities in consultation with companies, investors, and subject matter experts. SASB’s rigorous and transparent process, overseen by an independent Standards Board, has produced a set of 77 industry-specific standards designed to be low cost to companies to report and enable investors and companies to make effective capital allocation decisions. David was a fundamental equity portfolio manager and research analyst for 25-years, during which time he led the equity research departments of two multi-billion-dollar AUM firms. David has researched and invested in companies in nearly all sectors. He is a member of the CFA Institute Corporate Disclosure Policy Committee. David holds a BS in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, an MBA in Finance from Columbia University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


TOM RIESENBERG
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 EY for more than 20 years. Previously he served for seven years as an Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he primarily handled courts of appeals and Supreme Court litigation and was the recipient of the Manuel F. Cohen Outstanding Younger Attorney Award. He also worked as a law clerk for a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., as a litigator on environmental matters at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an associate at a major Washington, D.C. law firm.

Mr. Riesenberg graduated from the New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and a Root-Tilden Scholar, and received a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a former chair of the Law and Accounting Committee of the American Bar Association, former president of the Association of SEC Alumni, and a current member of the Advisory Board of the BNA Securities Regulation and Law Report. For seven years he was an adjunct professor of securities law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the D.C. Jewish Community Relations Council, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, and the Washington Tennis Education Foundation. Mr. Riesenberg’s position with SASB is funded through an arrangement with Ernst & Young.


JONATHAN SPAMPINATO
Director of Communications

 

Jonathan leads SASB’s communications team, which promotes SASB’s mission, reputation and offerings with investors, global companies, sustainability professionals, media and other stakeholders.

For more than 20 years, Jon has helped global organizations build more responsible, sustainable brands. Before joining SASB, Jon was Head of Communications at IKEA Foundation in the Netherlands, where he built and led an award-winning team of communicators and served on IKEA’s Sustainability Communications Council and Global Good Cause Committee.

Jon has also developed communications strategies, programs and teams for companies in the shipping and transportation, pharma and healthcare, technology, banking and insurance, and consumer sectors in Europe and the US, for foundations and international NGOs in the development sector, and for US political campaigns and government organizations.

Jon has a BA in international relations from Boston University and an MPA in international public & nonprofit management from New York University.


SASB Research Staff

HENRIK COTRAN – Sector Analyst, Resource Transformation, Renewable Resources & Alternative Energy

BRYAN ESTERLY, CFA – Deputy Director of Research, Sector Analyst, Infrastructure, Technology & Communications

ANTON GORODNIUK, CFA – Sector Analyst, Financials

SONYA HETRICK – Sector Analyst, Services, Transportation

ERIC KANE – Sector Analyst, Health Care

DAVID PARHAM -Deputy Director of Research, Sector Analyst, Non-Renewable Resources

TAYLOR REED – Research Analyst

MARVIN SMITH –Stakeholder Outreach Manager

STEN WHITE – Operations Manager

LYNN XIA – Sector Analyst, Consumption I & II


SASB Foundation Staff

REBECCA BAR – Membership & Engagement Manager

SAMANTHA BARNES – Development & Revenue Manager

TRENT BOORMAN – Technology Operations Manager

JEFF COHEN – Institutional Product Strategist

PETER CORCORAN – Graphic Designer

ALEX DAVIDSON – Marketing Manager

JANE DINH – Investor Relations Associate

YESHAR HADI – System Data Analyst

JASON MCKENNEY – Business Systems Analyst

ANDREAS PAPPAS – Education and Partnerships Associate

CARRIE PHILLIPS – Development Associate

WHITNEY POLLACK – Foundation Support Associate

KATIE SCHMITZ EULITT – Strategic Advisor, Stakeholder Outreach

BRAD SCHOMBURG – Publications Manager