M.R. Rangaswami is an entrepreneur, investor, corporate eco-strategy expert, community builder and philanthropist. Recognized as a software business expert, he participated in the rapid expansion of the Silicon Valley software industry during his tenure as an executive at both large and small software companies. In 1997, he co-founded Sand Hill Group, one of the earliest “angel” investment firms, and was profiled on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. He was named to the Forbes “Midas” list of investors and also recognized by CRN as one of the Top 25 Technology Executives. He also hosts the Enterprise Retreat for the top 100 leaders in technology. In 2012 M.R. founded Indiaspora, a non-profit organization to unite the Indian Diaspora and to transform their success into meaningful impact in India and on the global stage. M.R. is a board member of the Kaliash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, The Nudge Foundation and the WISH Foundation. He received the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) “Influential Leaders” award in 2015 and the US-China Educational Trust (US-CET) inaugural “Asians in America” award in 2016. In 2020 he was the recipient of the “Global service” award from the Canada-India Business Council.
P.J. has worked for over two decades as a trusted sustainability analyst, strategist, and bridge-builder. After serving as a researcher on environmental affairs at the National Security Council (1993-1994), he founded and directed the Environmental Change & Security Program (ECSP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and subsequently held senior staff positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. P.J. is author (with Dan Esty) of The Green to Gold Business Playbook: How to Implement Sustainability Practices for Bottom-Line Results in Every Business Function (2011). He served twice as the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Deputy Chair for Energy & Climate Change and led the energy and environmental team for the inaugural CGI-University. He received his B.A. in political science (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Tufts University, his M.A. from Johns Hopkins SAIS, was a Fulbright scholar, and holds a Certificate in Conservation Biology from Columbia University. P.J. is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Amy O’Meara joined CEF in 2011 and currently serves as Executive Director. Before joining CEF, Amy was Senior Manager for Environment and Energy at the Clinton Global Initiative, advising corporate and NGO members on commitments related to clean energy, corporate sustainability, green mobility, and waste management. Previously, she was Policy Director for Business & Human Rights at Amnesty International USA and on the Corporate Community Engagement Team at Pact Worldwide. Amy has provided technical and research assistance to nonprofits and companies in a wide range of industries on cross-sector partnership development, stakeholder dialogue, social responsibility and sustainability. She holds a Masters Degree in International Educational Development from Boston University.
Mike joined the team in 2020. He plays a key role in shaping CEF’s programming strategy and leads CEF’s information and research efforts, including the CEF Member Center. Mike holds an MBA in Sustainable Innovation from the University of Vermont, a degree designed around the business concept of generating profit through purpose. Before CEF, Mike consulted for nonprofits and companies, providing ESG-related research, technical, and strategy solutions. He also directed the community relations and engagement activities as the Director of Advancement for Downstreet, an affordable housing developer in Vermont. He is the co-founder and previous Executive Director of the Civilian Conservation Corps, USA – a reimagination of the eponymous public program as a private-public venture to provide hands-on learning opportunities to America’s youth while delivering high-quality conservation projects to local communities in need.
Alissa joined CEF in 2021. She is Editor-in-Chief of the CEF Weekly Briefing and the CEF Monthly Research Digest. Before joining CEF, Alissa enabled organizations to drive their sustainability impact mission forward through various journalistic and consulting endeavors centered around circularity, water, and consumer goods. She hosts the sustainability and CSR-focused podcast “Get Real With Alissa Stevens,” through which she bridges the gap between brands and the consumer by simplifying complex, nuanced sustainability issues and making them accessible and relatable. She is on the Advisory Board of Grades of Green, a nonprofit providing practical environmental education and leadership opportunities for students in over 27 countries. She is transitioning her award-winning water conservation initiative, The Gallon Challenge, into a curriculum for Grades of Green to implement worldwide.
Christine brings over two decades of experience in managing meetings, events and large-scale productions for major corporations as the founder of Encore Productions. She works meticulously to incorporate the highest standards in green meeting design and practices at all CEF events. For logistical information relating to CEF events, including travel and accommodations for the annual meeting, please contact Christine directly.