- Conrad MacKerron, Senior Vice President
- Rosanna Landis Weaver, Program Manager, Power of the Proxy: Executive Compensation
- Patricia Jurewicz, Director, Responsible Sourcing Network
- Austin Wilson, Environmental Health Program Manager
- Lila Holzman, Energy Program Manager
Development, Digital Strategies, & Communications Staff
- Sarah Milne, Vice President, Advancement
- Betsy McMahon, Operations Director
- Cody Mitcheltree, Development and Operations Associate
- Katie Levitt, Administrative Assistant
- Andrew Montes, Director of Digital Strategies
- Cyrus Nemati, Communications Director
- Zoey Olbum, Communications Associate
Fellows and Interns
Andrew Behar, As You Sow CEO, has 30 years of experience as a Senior Executive and strategist in the cleantech, communications, and life science sectors. Prior to joining As You Sow, Andrew founded and was CEO of a start-up developing innovative fuel cell technologies. He served as COO for a social media agency focused on sustainability and has been a strategic consultant in the nonprofit sector. He is a member of the board of US Social Investing Forum (US-SIF) is a member of the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Green Finance Advisory Group. His book, The Shareholders Action Guide: Unleash Your Hidden Powers to Hold Corporations Accountable was published in November 2016 by Berrett-Koehler.
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.
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 oversees the Environmental Health Program at As You Sow, drawing on diverse experience in sustainable business to advance corporate responsibility, particularly in food and agriculture. Austin serves on antibiotic advisory boards for Fortune 1000 companies, and, recently, he has led shareholder efforts to reform antibiotic use policies across the restaurant sector. Austin has presented on panels for groups such as The Commonwealth Club and Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return. He previously held roles as a Research Associate at the Responsibility Hospitality Institute and Student Philanthropy Coordinator at UC Santa Cruz. He graduated magna cum laude from UC Santa Cruz with undergraduate degrees in Combined Mathematics/Economics and Politics.
Lila manages the Energy Program at As You Sow, which engages companies on issues relating to climate change and the release of toxins that pose serious health and environmental risks to local communities. Lila’s previous work experience includes working in the residential solar industry, serving as a sustainable agriculture volunteer in Panama with the Peace Corps, implementing a clean cookstove pilot in Ghana, and interning with the United Nations Global Compact. She currently serves on the board of the Northern California Peace Corps Association as Advocacy Coordinator. Lila holds an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with a focus on Environmental & Risk Management as well as an undergraduate degree from Rice University where she double majored in Environmental Engineering and Policy Studies.
Sarah is responsible for attracting the funds that allow As You Sow to deliver on its mission and create change. She came 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 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Betsy brings her prior experience in the operations and management areas of financial and arts entities to As You Sow, where she oversees the day-to-day workings. She also provides data management and grant support to the organization, working closely with the Development and Communications teams. She earned her BBA from Southern Methodist University with an emphasis in human resources management. She studied for her Master’s in Music Education at Teacher’s College Columbia and was active in the music education field for many years prior to her re-entry into the operations area of the work place.
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.
Cyrus Nemati joined As You Sow with a decade of experience guiding non-profits to wider audiences and new technology. Prior to joining As You Sow, Cyrus helped lead communications at several non-profits in Washington, DC and the Bay Area, including New America, a leading think tank, and the Center for Democracy & Technology, an Internet civil liberties organization. His writing has been featured in Slate, Ars Technica, Wired, and The Chicago Sun-Times. He graduated with a degree in History from Suffolk University. Cyrus is a voice actor in his spare time, and can be heard in your favorite commercials, toys, and games.
Zoey Olbum is the Communications Associate at As You Sow, where she provides support to the communications team and program staff. Prior to joining our team, Zoey worked as a marketing coordinator in the transportation consulting, striving to achieve mobility, equity, and healthy living in communities.
While receiving her B.A. in Communication Studies with a specialization in French from the University of Puget Sound, Zoey strove for a more sustainable community, serving as an active leader of Students for a Sustainable Campus, the University newspaper, and the Outdoor Leadership Education. Zoey is passionate about community involvement and has volunteered with the SF-Marin Food Bank, the Special Olympics, and The Marine Mammal Center.
Bradi is a junior at the University of California, Berkeley. She is majoring in both Public Health and Sociology. After graduation, Bradi hopes to earn her MPH and JD so that she can work on health and nutrition policy. She is very excited to continue learning about responsible sourcing and to share this crucial information with others by helping the As You Sow and RSN’s communications department.