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Andrew Behar, CEO
Andrew Behar is CEO of shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow and 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 cleantech 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.
Danielle Fugere, President and Chief Counsel
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, Senior Vice President
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, Energy Program Manager
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.
Eleanne van Vliet, MPH, Director of Toxic Chemical Research
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.
Patricia Jurewicz 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.
Melanie Hogan, Development Director
Melanie Hogan has nearly 10 years development experience focusing on institutional giving and individual giving programs. Most recently she was the Development Manager for Global Footprint Network where she raised institutional funds from international foundations. She was also the Assistant Director of Development at The Yosemite Fund working to build and maintain a multi-faceted individual donor program including direct mail, special events and on-line giving in addition to institutional giving from foundations and corporations. Prior to that she was the Grants Associate at Women's Initiative for Self Employment where she raised funds from foundations, corporations, and government sources of support. She has a Bachelors degree in anthropology and dance from San Francisco State University and serves on the board of DanceVersity, a multi-ethnic dance program for youth in the East Bay.
Betsy McMahon, Development and Operations Manager
Betsy supports development activities including database management and event planning. On the operations side, she supports human resource and technology issues, as well as coordinating the intern program. Betsy was most recently the Program Manager for DanceVersity World Dance school, a project of Afsaneh Art & Culture Society, a nonprofit world dance and music performance organization. Prior experiences include operations management in arts, finance, and accounting, with skills in supervision, scheduling, marketing, and training. Notably, Betsy has been Operations Manager for Zambaleta World Music and Dance School in San Francisco, Customer Accounts Department Manager at a large brokerage firm in Southern California, and Managing Partner of her own financial planning company. Betsy has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University where she was an honors graduate. She studied for her Master's in Music Education at Teacher's College, Columbia.
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