Ten outstanding leaders from CEF member companies have been chosen from a highly competitive field of applicants from around the world to attend the CEF Sustainability Leadership Development Program, “Meeting Sustainability Challenges with Transformational Leadership,” led by Rob Bernard, former Chief Environmental Strategist at Microsoft, along with Julia Novy-Hildesley, Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of Stanford’s Change Leadership for Sustainability Program and renowned National Geographic experts, connected to the program’s base for the week, Mashpi Lodge.
The winners were deemed to be at an inflection point in their lives or careers with regard to sustainability—ready and eager to take their sustainability leadership to the next level within their communities and/or organizations—as well as being strong team players accomplished in setting ambitious goals and getting results.
Congratulations to the winners!
Holly Beale, Program Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft
As the lead for Environmental Sustainability for Microsoft’s Datacenter Community Development team, Holly is establishing a program to foster ecosystems of partnerships contributing to the long-term environmental health of the diverse communities in which Microsoft’s datacenters are located. Through community engagement and employee activation, she is focusing on protecting and restoring the natural and human environments in Microsoft Cloud’s worldwide datacenter footprint. Also at Microsoft, Holly is a founder and lead for Microsoft’s rapidly-expanding Worldwide Community for Sustainability, and is the Lead of Sustainability for her organization’s charitable giving campaign. In her community, Holly serves as the elected Precinct Committee Officer for Washington’s 43rd District Democrats. Holly grew up in the Southeast US, receiving her BA in MIS and International Business from the University of Georgia, and now lives in Seattle.
Amy Bourne, Senior Manager of Sustainability & Supplier Diversity, Marriott International
Amy Bourne is the Senior Manager of Sustainability & Supplier Diversity at Marriott
International in Bethesda, MD. In this role, Amy develops and manages global programs in areas such as responsible sourcing and food waste for 6,700+ hotels. Previously, she managed sustainability programs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the General Services Administration (GSA) where she focused on high performance and healthy buildings, sustainable building operations and waste diversion. Amy holds an MA in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED Green Associate and TRUE Zero Waste Advisor.
Ursula English, VP, Environment, Health & Safety, The Boeing Company
Appointed in April 2014, English is responsible for leading Boeing’s workplace safety programs and environmental sustainability efforts. English joined Boeing in 1988 as an aircraft mechanic after serving in the U.S. Air Force. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business and Management and a master’s degree in Human Services. In addition to her professional responsibilities, English is committed to employee development and closing the opportunity gap. She serves on multiple community boards, and leads an employee development program that has supported hundreds of up-and-coming Boeing leaders.
Matt Inbusch, Sustainability Project Leader, International Paper
Matt works across teams to shape strategy and drive execution on environmental and social sustainability at International Paper, a leading global producer of paper, pulp, and fiber-based packaging. Since 2016 he has worked primarily in responsible sourcing, and is now focused on water stewardship. Previously, Matt served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru, and then worked in international economic development out of Washington, DC. Matt has an MBA from Vanderbilt University, where he led the Net Impact chapter, and a BA in International Relations from Colgate University. Travel, the outdoors, and music (hearing/seeing/making) are some of his favorite things. He lives in Memphis, TN.
Kellie Jensen, Sustainable Materials Management Program Manager, Apple
Kellie Jensen works on Apple’s Global Energy and Sustainability team. Her work focuses on facility waste reduction and responsible end of life management. Kellie joined Apple in 2011. Prior to joining Apple, Kellie worked as a finance director and consultant on various congressional and presidential campaigns. She graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Psych/Soc-Anthropology. She has masters’ degrees in Threat/Risk Management from University of Chicago and Supply Chain Management from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.
Anastasia Ostapchuk, Manager, Corporate Environmental Affairs, TD Bank Group
Anastasia is a manager on the Corporate Environmental Affairs team at TD Bank Group, one of the top 10 largest banks in North America. She has been on the team for four years, and has held several roles contributing to the execution of TD’s Environmental and Corporate Citizenship Strategy, including managing the environmental reporting program, executing on TD’s carbon neutral commitment, and developing TD’s Green Bond Framework. Her most recent role is focused on managing environmental and social risks and opportunities. Prior to joining TD, Anastasia worked with a sustainability consultancy and the Canadian local network of the UN Global Compact.
Lauren Riggs, REWS Sustainability Team Lead, Google
Lauren is the REWS Sustainability Team Lead of sustainable office operations for Google’s global portfolio. Lauren and her team set strategy, define goals and utilize internal partnerships to implement water stewardship, waste stewardship, indoor air quality, and climate resilience plans. Before joining Google, Lauren was the Manager of LEED Performance Programs at the U.S. Green Building Council. For the last ten years, she has worked towards creating awareness on the importance of resource efficiency and high performance operations in the built environment. Lauren is an ELP Fellow, a LEED AP O&M and has a B.A. in Environmental Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Tim Taylor, Energy and Sustainability Program Manager, CBRE
Tim Taylor is an Energy and Sustainability Program Manager at CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm. Tim manages sustainable operations to achieve ambitious client goals in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy, water, and waste. Before CBRE, he worked as an account manager at the U.S. Green Building Council where he customized green building strategies for top users of LEED. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Energy Manager. Tim holds a master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University and a BS in Business Administration from Elon University. He is a Maryland native who currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and two daughters.
Devan Tracy, Energy Engineer, Lockheed Martin
Devan is a graduate of Lockheed Martin’s Engineering Leadership Development Program. In her current role as an Energy Engineer and Lead for the Go Green Program for the Rotary and Mission Systems division, she is responsible for supporting business case development and execution of on-site renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to drive affordability and support Corporate sustainability initiatives. In 2018, Devan was named to the GreenBiz “30 Under 30” and presented a TEDx Talk on “The Extinction of Sustainability.” She is an Engineer in Training (EIT), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED AP O+M, and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Devan holds a Master of Engineering degree in Sustainable Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University.
Cherie Wilson, Director, Federal Affairs, General Motors
Cherie is responsible for developing and executing legislative and strategic political engagement in the areas of financial services, corporate sustainability and diversity. In the three years since joining GM, she spearheaded the company’s first Diversity and Inclusion report and established sustainability as part of the federal team’s issue portfolio. Cherie started her career on Capitol Hill over a decade ago and has since worked in various capacities within the electric power industry, engaging with both corporate and NGO stakeholders on air quality and climate change related initiatives before the EPA and Congress. Cherie holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.