Our student ambassadors have carefully curated lists of professionals who have made a significant impact on sustainability in their industry.
From Finnish CEOs to entrepreneurs from Sri Lanka, the professionals hand-picked on this list come from a variety of professions and countries.
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Most Impactful Female Green Leaders in the USA
This list contains women who have made a significant impact on sustainability and green development in their own industries and the companies they have worked in.
The following women have been chosen based on the following criteria:
- A dedication incorporate sustainability into business operations.
- Women who have left an impact on the company or industry they work in.
- Lead impactful programs to promote sustainability.
Google Sustainability Officer
Kate Brandt is Google’s sustainability officer who leads in applying sustainability to Google’s operations, supply chains, and products.
Previously, Brandt has worked as the first in-house sustainability officer in the white house under the Obama administration to create a 10-year sustainable strategy.
Currently, Brandt aims to incorporate sustainability into all of Google’s operations, overseeing Google’s large-scale purchase of renewable energy to offset the energy used by Google’s offices and data centers.
Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface
As the Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface, Erin Meezan oversees the implementation of sustainability at all levels, including operations, management, and policies.
Meezan leads strategies such as Climate Take Back– an initiative that specifically mitigates the effects of climate change.
Currently, she maintains Interface’s unique culture of sustainability, which has helped Interface retain and attracting talented staff while driving innovation.
Senior Advisor at United Nations Compact
Laura Palmeiro is a senior advisor at the United Nations Compact, a non-binding pact to encourage businesses to adopt Corporate Social Responsibility policies.
She advises sustainability metrics and develops protocols to record organizations’ progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to this position, Palmeiro has worked as Sustainability Integration Director for Danone, launching and coordinating Danone’s Sustainability Integration Steering Committee.
Morgan Stanley Global Head of Sustainability and Management
Emily Chew is Global Head of Sustainability and Management and the chair for the Sustainable Investing Council at Morgan Stanely.
She oversees the development of Sustainable Investing thematic funds, the usage of sustainability data, and client engagement on Sustainable Investing.
Previously, Chew was the Global Head of ESG Research at Manulife.
Head of Energy Strategy at Google
As the Head of Energy Strategy at Google, Neha Palmer coordinates the electric infrastructure for Google’s global data centers.
Currently, she leads the purchase of clean energy for Google’s data centers and aims to ensure that all purchases are 100% carbon neutral.
Her efforts towards clean energy have won Google the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Leadership Partner of the Year Award in 2019.
Senior Director of Operations and Environmental Initiatives at Apple
Sarah Chandler is the Senior Director of Operations and Environmental Initiatives at Apple.
She aims to make Apple’s production process more sustainable, leading Apple’s goal of achieving a completely closed-loop supply chain, ensuring that all Apple products will be made with recycled material.
Chandler is also responsible for implementing the usage of clean energy in Apple’s supply chains to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Managing Director at Closed Loop Partners
Kate Daly is a Managing Director who oversees the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners, an impact investing firm that promotes the transition towards a circular economy.
She leads the research and collaboration to change from a linear economy to a circular economy. Previously, Daly served as the Senior Vice President of the Center for Urban Innovation at the NYC Economic Development Corporation.
At NYCEDC, Daly has led programs to boost employment and economic development in sectors such as sustainable manufacturing, cleantech, smart cities, and circular economy.
Head of CSR and Sustainability at L’Oreal USA
As L’Oreal USA’s Head of CSR and Sustainability, Danielle Azoulay has designed many sustainability programs targeting areas such as responsible chemical management, waste management, and carbon emissions.
At L’Oreal USA, Azoulay is responsible for implementing Sharing Beauty with All, a program dedicated to addressing the social and environmental impact of L’Oreal’s global value chains.
Head of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon
Kara Hurst is the Head of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon.
She is responsible for overseeing Amazon’s sustainable operations in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainability science and innovation, sustainable products and retail, sustainable technology, sustainable transportation, and circular economy.
Equity Partner and Head of Energy & Infrastructure at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Mona Dajani leads as a lawyer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and has pre-eminent experience in renewable and conventional energy.
Along with her team, she advises renewable power generation projects. Dajani also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Council of Renewable Energy.
Her work has been recognized by Legal 500 and The Best Lawyers in America among other publications.
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