- Conrad MacKerron, Senior Vice President
- Amelia Timbers, Energy Program Manager
- Eleanne van Vliet, MPH, Environmental Health Consultant
- Rosanna Landis Weaver, Program Manager, Power of the Proxy: Executive Compensation
- Patricia Jurewicz, Director, Responsible Sourcing Network
- Austin Wilson, Environmental Health Program Manager
- David Shugar, Energy Program Associate
- Andrew Montes, Director of Digital Strategies
Development, Communications, & Digital Strategies Staff
- Sarah Milne, Development Director
- Betsy McMahon, Development and Operations Manager
- Cody Mitcheltree, Development and Operations Associate
- Katie Levitt, Administrative Assistant
- Taraneh Arhamsadr, Communications Director
- Kristin Rose Costa, Communications Associate
Andrew Behar, As You Sow CEO, has 30 years of experience as a Senior Executive and strategist in the clean-tech, communications, and life science sectors. Prior to joining As You Sow, Andrew founded and was CEO of a clean-tech start-up developing innovative fuel cell technologies. He served as COO for a social media agency focused in the sustainability space and has been a strategic consultant in the nonprofit sector. He has founded and run start-ups in the medical device and communications areas and serves on the boards of several high-tech innovation companies. Andrew is also an elected board member of US-SIF, the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.
Danielle is responsible for strategic management of the Energy, Environmental Health, and Waste programs. She brings a wealth of experience in achieving broad and lasting change and in-depth knowledge of clean energy, conservation policy, toxic enforcement, and team building. Danielle served most recently as Executive Director of the Environmental Law Foundation. Prior, she was Legal Director and Regional Program Director for national nonprofit Friends of the Earth, where she spearheaded innovative legal strategies to reduce global warming pollution and directed campaigns to reduce pollution and promote sustainable alternative energies and fuels. Through her work, Danielle has been instrumental in securing compliance with environmental laws and industry conversions to environmentally sound technologies, including a settlement with the City and County of Los Angeles resulting in a $2.1 billion sewer system upgrade. Danielle was recognized with the WaterKeeper’s Environmental Achievement Award in 2000 for her outstanding achievements protecting California waters from pollution and compelling polluters to assume the costs of environmental degradation. She holds a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a BA in Political Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Conrad MacKerron has more than a decade of experience managing corporate dialogues and shareholder advocacy initiatives on cutting-edge social and environmental issues. Conrad founded the As You Sow Corporate Social Responsibility Program in 1997. He is former senior social researcher at Piper Jaffray Philanthropic & Social Investment Consulting, and Social Research Director at Progressive Asset Management (both social investment firms). He also served as Senior Analyst, Energy and Environment, at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (now part of RiskMetrics Group). Formerly a journalist, he was Washington Bureau Chief for Chemical Week and a writer for BNA’s Environment Reporter. He is author of Business in the Rainforests: Corporations, Deforestation and Sustainability (IRRC, 1993) and Unlocking the Power of the Proxy (2004). Conrad served on the board of the Social Investment Forum (SIF), and was chair of the steering committee for its Advocacy and Public Policy Program. He also served on the As You Sow Board of Directors from 1993 until 2005. In 2007, he received the SRI Service Award from SIF for “outstanding contributions to the SRI community.” He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from The American University.
Amelia Timbers is the Energy Program Manager at As You Sow where she employs shareholder advocacy and coalition building to promote sustainability policies at utilities, particularly in the areas of climate change, coal risk, and sustainable investment. Amelia specializes in interdisciplinary projects that merge business and policy issues. Her background blends finance experience from the Massachusetts State Treasury and Federal Reserve Bank with energy expertise gained through positions focusing on renewable energy policy in both the public and private sectors. Amelia earned a JD and MBA at Northeastern University, a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School, and undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Legal Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Eleanne is an environmental health scientist who manages and directs toxic chemical research for As You Sow’s Toxic Enforcement initiative. Eleanne has worked in environmental health research and environmental conservation at organizations including the Jane Goodall Institute and the Worldwide Fund for Nature. She has published on neonatal exposures and alternatives to phthalates (synthetic plasticizers) in medical devices, and designed and managed exposure monitoring field studies to investigate health effects resulting from indoor (biomass fuels) and outdoor air pollution in Africa. She graduated cum laude from Hamilton College in public policy and environmental studies and holds a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Science from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and has completed her doctoral coursework at Columbia in molecular and environmental epidemiology.
Rosanna Landis Weaver has been working in the governance and compensation fields since 1992. She began her work in governance with a position in the Corporate Affairs office at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, supervising research on corporate governance and management practices. She has served as a panel member at a number of conferences including: the Practicing Law Institute’s Corporate Governance Institute; and an Investor Relations Business conference on “Understanding and Responding to Shareholder Activism” and appeared on “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” She joined the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) in 1999 and served as an expert on labor shareholder activism, writing reports on labor fund activism, executive compensation shareholder proposals and golden parachutes. At Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), she worked on the executive compensation team as a senior analyst until 2010, with a particular focus on change of control regarding single triggers, modified single triggers and excise tax gross-ups. At ISS, Ms. Weaver also participated in policymaking and meetings with corporations and analyzed “say on pay” resolutions. From 2010 to 2012 she was governance initiatives coordinator at Change to Win. Ms. Weaver holds a BA in English from Goshen College and a Masters in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Patricia is Director of Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a new project of As You Sow. RSN advances global value chains that are accountable to the people and natural habitats they touch, at the raw commodity level. Since 2006, Patricia has been managing the Human Rights department inside As You Sow’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program. During her four years with As You Sow, she has led the Human Rights Program to tackle labor abuses at the factory level, she contributed to the report Best Current Practices in Purchasing: The Apparel Industry, and she began ground-breaking work addressing forced labor and extortion at the commodity level of supply chains. Preceding As You Sow, she was at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) directing the Global Cooperation Project. She co-authored the report, The Treaty Database: U.S. Compliance with Global Treaties. At Gap, Inc. she spearheaded a rewrite of the company’s Vendor Handbook, which was distributed to 3000 manufacturing facilities worldwide. She is fluent in Spanish, and has past work experience with natural dyes, Latino political outreach, and women’s craft cooperatives in Latin America. Patricia has an International MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, and an Associate degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Austin Wilson is the Environmental Health Program Manager at As You Sow, where he coordinates shareholder advocacy initiatives that promote corporate responsibility related to environmental health. Prior to joining As You Sow, Austin served as the Student Philanthropy Coordinator at UC Santa Cruz, and he was previously employed as a Research Associate and Network Coordinator at the Responsible Hospitality Institute. Austin has experience consulting on grant writing, communications, and marketing management. He graduated magna cum laude from UC Santa Cruz in 2013 with undergraduate degrees in Combined Mathematics/Economics and Politics.
David Shugar is the Energy Program Associate at As You Sow, supporting shareholder advocacy and promoting sustainability policies at utility, oil, and gas companies. David brings experience in the clean technology sector having previously worked at multiple solar companies, such as SunPower, and a lithium-ion battery startup. David graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Applied Physics. He wrote his thesis on testing a newly developed photovoltaic energy technology. As an undergraduate, David was an active statewide organizer in the UC Fossil Fuel Divestment campaign and advanced sustainable policies in the UC system. David also currently serves as a board member of the California Student Sustainability Coalition.
Andrew Montes is the Director of Digital Strategies at As You Sow, where he helps design and build data-driven web tools as a product manager, data analyst, and front end developer. Andrew spearheaded efforts to develop and launch Fossil Free Funds, a project combining skills in team management, financial analysis, and Python and AngularJS development to create a website offering climate-related research unavailable anywhere else. Previously, Andrew was the Communications Director at As You Sow, where he helped manage and build the communication efforts of the organization for three years. Andrew graduated with honors from the Politics Department of University of California at Santa Cruz with a minor in Legal Studies.
Sarah comes to us from Chabot Space & Science Center, where as head of Development she was responsible for raising this science museum’s budget through grants, gifts, and galas. Between Chabot and As You Sow, Sarah served as a Senior Consultant to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil Campaign, writing reports on tar sands-derived fuels in corporate fleets and on Enbridge’s Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline. She has also written on carbon financing for the Big Sur Land Trust, and on REDD+ carbon offset baseline issues. Before pivoting to the environment and climate change, she was Director of Marketing at a venture-funded tech start-up, and worked in financial analysis, marketing and product management at Chevron and Ampex. She holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley with Highest Honors in Rhetoric and Distinction in General Scholarship; an M.B.A from Cornell; and a graduate certificate in Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Betsy is an Operations and Data Management professional with experience in all facets of administrative support. She leverages these skills supporting development activities including database management and event planning. On the operations side, she oversees all the support services as well as coordinating the intern and grantmaking programs. Before joining As You Sow, she was the Program Manager for DanceVersity World Dance School. Prior experiences include operations management in arts, finance, and accounting, with skills in supervision, scheduling, marketing and training. Betsy has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University with an emphasis in Human Resource management. She studied for her Master’s in Music Education at Teacher’s College, Columbia.
Cody Mitcheltree is the Development and Operations Associate for As You Sow, where he works to support the development and operations teams to further the foundation’s efforts. He comes from the nonprofit world where he has worked in social media marketing, membership administration and retention, leadership development, IT, and Salesforce administration. He earned his Bachelor’s in Political Science with a Minor in International Relations at San Francisco State University. He went on to become a certified paralegal and obtain a Master’s in Public Administration degree, where he focused on public policy with an emphasis on environmental policy and sustainability.
Katie provides operational support to the entire As You Sow team. She comes to us from Habitat for Humanity NYC, where she worked to help NYC’s low income families attain a fair standard of living. Before that, Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media at Fordham University in NYC, and focused her studies particularly on the ways in which Communications technologies could positively impact the developing world.
Taraneh joins As You Sow with over a decade of diverse experience in communications and outreach, focused primarily on environmental and social issues and public works projects. Before her most recent experience as a consultant in communications and digital strategy for organizations like Children & Nature Network and Center for a New American Dream, Taraneh served as the head of Communications for Berkeley’s David Brower Center, a community space serving as the Bay Area’s hub for the environmental and social justice movement, as well as Manager of Marketing and Outreach for Rising Sun Energy Center, a local green workforce development organization. Her earlier public outreach work focused on gaining public support for renewable energy projects in San Diego County and the California High Speed Rail Project. She earned her BA in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Irvine, where she also served as the Managing Editor for the award-winning New University newspaper, then went on to earn her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Environmental Policy from San Francisco State University.
Kristin Costa is the Communications Associate at As You Sow and RSN, where she provides support to the communications team and program staff. Prior to joining our team, Kristin assisted in teen mentorship, curriculum development, and music at The Foothills Church as well as served as the Communications and Operations Intern at California Consortium for Urban Indian Health. While receiving a B.A. in Global Studies at Azusa Pacific University, she interned with Musicians without Borders in Bethlehem, Palestinian West Bank and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice in Los Angeles. She formerly dedicated time to volunteering in South Africa and South Korea.