Chairperson, SVIC Judging Panel
Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D
Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing
Impax Asset Management | Pax World Funds
Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management | Pax World Funds. She oversees Environmental, Social and Governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as Pax’s shareholder advocacy and work on public policy advocacy.
Dr. Gorte has served on the boards of Ceres, the Sustainable Investments Institute, the Endangered Species Coalition, E4TheFuture, Clean Production Action and the American Sustainable Business Council. She has served as the co-chair of the Asset Management Working Group of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiatives.
Prior to joining Pax, Dr. Gorte served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. Dr. Gorte received her Bachelor of Science in Forest Management at Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science and Ph.D from Michigan State in resource economics.
Final Round Judges
Founder & CEO
Koya Leadership Partners
Katie is founder and CEO of Koya Leadership Partners. Koya is a nationally recognized executive search firm that is dedicated to placing exceptionally talented leaders at mission-driven organizations and institutions of higher education. She started the company on a single belief: "The right person in the right place can change the world." That belief has evolved over time into the guiding principles for her firm. In 2018, Koya was named number 21 on Forbes’ “America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms,” the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Businesses, and the Boston Business Journal’s Fast 50 Award.
With a strong commitment to civic and women’s leadership, Katie serves on numerous boards. She is Board Chair of IGNITE, the bipartisan initiative committed to building the next generation of female political leaders. Katie also sits on the boards of The Home for Little Wanderers and her alma mater, the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire, and serves as a corporator of the Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank.
Katie is a Fellow at Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors that is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs.
Katie was also named as a finalist for EY's prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year® New England program. Katie was previously named a Boston Brava Award Winner by SmartCEO, which recognizes high-impact women business leaders.
Howard Brodsky is one of the leading entrepreneurs and cooperative leaders in America. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of CCA Global Partners, one of the largest cooperatives in the United States with sales of over 10 billion dollars.
A pioneer of the cooperative business model, Brodsky dedicated his career to helping entrepreneurs build successful businesses by providing the scale and resources they needed to compete. The newest divisions added to the group are CCA for Social Good which services over 6000 child care centers and 1000 nonprofits, and BizUnite providing back room business services for over one million independent businesses.
Brodsky’s most significant accomplishment was his induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, established to recognize individuals who make unparalleled contributions in advancement of the principles of cooperation in the US. One of Brodsky’s more notable accomplishments was being inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame along with such people as Michael Dell and Starbucks Howard Schultz. He has been chairman of the National Judging Committee for the North American Entrepreneur of the Year Program and a National Judge for the Winning Women Program.
Brodsky was named New Hampshire Business Leader of the Year. He is a published author and his theory on business can be seen on the highly rated TEDx talks. One of Brodsky’s most recent endeavors is being chairman of the Board of Cooperatives for a Better World, a world-wide initiative to expand the global cooperative movement. He is also Chairman of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation, a non-profit helping those dealing with a critical illness in our industry, as well as being Inducted into the World Floor Covering Industry Hall of Fame.
In his “spare” time, Brodsky serves his community as a justice of the peace, performing wedding ceremonies. o date, he has a perfect record in this arena; the more than two-dozen marriages he has performed all remain intact.
Mary Johanna Brown*
Founder & President
Brown & Company Design
Mary Johanna Brown is the Founder and President of Brown & Company Design, a strategic design firm, and Big Brown Books, a publishing company. An active community member, she currently serves on the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation board and is Founding Chair Emeritus of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation. Mary Jo was named to New Hampshire Magazine’s “Remarkable Women” list in 2009, Business New Hampshire’s “Influence Index” in 2014, New Hampshire Magazine’s 2018 “It List” and recently named as an “Outstanding Woman in Business” in 2018 by New Hampshire Business Review. She enjoys traveling, singing and gardening with her daughter Haley.
ReVision Energy Inc.
Dan is a co-founder at ReVision Energy Inc., a full service employee owned renewable energy company that provides a range of engineering, design, installation service for homes, business, municipal buildings and non-profits. He opened the company’s North Andover, MA and Exeter, NH branch offices, overseeing the rapid growth of both operations while being recognized as Business NH Magazine's "Business of the Year " in 2018 and “Top 10 Companies to Watch" list for 4 years running. Dan holds a B.S. in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire, and is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Seacoast and a 2014 Hoffman-Haas Fellow. He lives in Madbury with his wife Sarah and their daughters, Larkyn and Hadley. He enjoys kayaking, skiing and spending time outdoors with his family.
Manager, Community Relations
Christina Cuzzi is the Community Relations Manager for Fidelity Investments in Merrimack, New Hampshire, which is one of the state’s largest employers. In her current role, Christina is responsible for the planning and execution of the company’s community engagement strategy. To do so, Christina maintains strong relationships with non-profits across New Hampshire to explore how Fidelity Invesments can help these organizations serve the community. She takes great pride in managing the Firm’s 1,400 New Hampshire employee volunteers, connecting these associates and the Firm with the community, and expanding financial literacy education for students across the state.
Prior to joining Fidelity in 2013, Mrs. Cuzzi was a Quality Engineer for BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector in Nashua, New Hampshire. During her six years at BAE Systems, Christina held roles of increasing responsibility within the quality assurance function of the multi-billion dollar sector headquartered in Nashua. She specialized in identifying inefficient business processes and procedures, conducting streamlining exercises to gain efficiencies, and managing internal communications for the quality assurance team. Early in her career, Christina worked for the greater Nashua YMCA.
Mrs. Cuzzi was born in Connecticut, raised in Somersworth, New Hampshire, and now lives in Bedford, New Hampshire with her husband and twin boys. She attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, New Hampshire, where she starred in softball. Christina continued her softball career at Rivier University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration. She returned to Rivier to earn, with distinction, her Masters in Business Administration with a focus in Organizational Leadership. Mrs. Cuzzi is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Scholars program, and a former member of the Merrimack (NH) Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Ned Dane*, CAIA
Senior Vice President, Head of Private Client Group
Senior Manager of Global Corporate Responsibility
Ashley Davis joined Cole Haan in 2008 as their HR Coordinator, and over the past decade has been promoted into diverse leadership positions that manage corporate responsibility and compliance within the company. As their Sustainable Business Analyst, she established a sustainable infrastructure in her workplace, embedded environmental awareness and action among corporate and retail employees, and initiated and led the Cole Haan Green Team and Cole Haan Community Garden.
Since being promoted to her current position as Senior Manager of Global Corporate Responsibility, Ashley has led several corporate responsibility initiatives. These include: Cole Haan’s first global fundraisers, first NGO partnership, engaging different stakeholders in local communities to design an innovative social performance and evaluation program, and leading the improvement of social and chemical management programs. Ashley holds a BS in Marketing from Providence College with further training through the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program. Ashley is an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow, class of 2018.
Director of Sustainability Innovation
Lisa Drake has a passion for healthy food, healthy people and a healthy planet. As the Director of Sustainability Innovation at Stonyfield, the leading organic yogurt manufacturer based in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Lisa has led the development and implementation of innovative strategies to advance the company on its sustainability journey since 2002. Lisa leads Stonyfield’s advocacy efforts for energy and climate and is particularly proud that Stonyfield is certified as a B Corp for meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
She is on the Steering Committee for the Ceres’ coalition Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), the Advisory Board of the New Hampshire Food Bank, and the Board of Directors for New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility.
Prior to Stonyfield, Lisa managed economic development programs for the State of New Jersey and was a project manager and licensed professional engineer for CDM Smith and Barr Engineering. She has BS and MS degrees from Tufts University in Civil & Environmental Engineering.
Katherine Easterly Martey
Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA)
Katy Easterly Marty has been with CDFA since 2011, in November 2017 she was appointed CDFA’s Executive Director. As CDFA’s, Chief Program Officer, she provided leadership and strategic direction across CDFA’s programs, guiding program management, policy direction and partnership development.
Prior to joining CDFA, Martey had more than 10 years of experience in community development, including affordable housing development, as well as neighborhood planning and revitalization. Her success bringing together local, state and federal resources resulted in the development of more than 100 units of housing, 50,000 square feet of commercial space and creation of two neighborhood plans that brought more than four million dollars of investment to the community. Martey’s experience includes time at several NeighborWorks organization’s including: Lawrence CommunityWorks in Lawrence, Mass.; Coalition for a Better Acre in Lowell, Mass.; and Home HeadQuarters, Inc. in Syracuse, N.Y.
Martey is a native of New Hampshire and currently resides in Manchester. She currently serves on the Community Development Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, as well as on the Allard Center Advisory Board for The Granite YMCA. Martey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Policy Studies and Geography from Syracuse University.
Founder & Co-Director
Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)
Alex Freid is the Founder and Co-Director of the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), a national nonprofit network of student leaders working towards zero waste. Currently, PLAN works directly with 80+ campuses across the country on student-led zero waste initiatives. Alex graduated with Honors from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a degree in Political Science and Philosophy. There, he founded the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program, which has diverted over 150 tons of waste on campus and became the first student-led, self-sustaining program of its kind in the country. In 2014 PLAN won the Entrepreneurs Foundation of NH AMP Grant Challenge. Alex has won the Brower Youth Award, the Udall Environmental Leadership Scholarship, the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, Alnoba Emerging Leader Award, and was named NH’s 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Alex was the winner of the College track of the SVIC in 2013!
Paul D. Gurney
Founder, Expression Computing LLC
Director, Kennebunk Savings Bank
Paul has had two lifelong passions: architecture and experience design (now called UX). So as a software architect, he fused the two interests together to create engaging web applications for important New England customers, since 1996. Clients included creative agencies like Dietz Associates, beneficial organizations like KieveWavus and SMHC, and large enterprises like Unum and Fairchild Semiconductor. In 2013 he founded Expression Computing, an agile software company, to commercialize its new Trove software through an ongoing 5-year relationship with IDEXX. He is also the newest member of the Board of Directors of Kennebunk Savings Bank, and, lastly, is part of the founding team of an “idea startup” with global innovation goals. Participating in startup culture for many years has been an exciting opportunity for him to help shape meaningful experiences for people for their business goals, careers, and lives.
Senior Program Analyst
EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Jeff Kohn is a Senior Program Analyst for EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, leading strategic planning for the National Emphasis Areas and sector planning analysis and implementation for the Pollution Prevention Program. Jeff was previously Innovation Coordinator and State/Local Government Liaison for EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM). In that role, Jeff developed and chaired an internal program to provide seed funding for new policy approaches. He also informed and briefed the OLEM Assistant Administrator on key state/local stakeholder issues and managed a cross-office workgroup of state and local liaisons. Prior to that, Jeff served as EPA’s Metal Casting Liaison in the Sector Strategies Program, developing comprehensive strategies to analyze the industry's operations, impacts, and trends, and identify opportunities for environmental stewardship and improved regulation. Jeff has an Economics BA from University of New Hampshire and an MBA with a concentration in Environmental Management and Policy from George Washington University.
Chief Human Capital Officer
Bob Leavitt serves as USAID’s Chief Human Capital Officer in the Office of Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM). Mr. Leavitt has 25 years’ experience managing humanitarian and development assistance programs and national security policies.
Mr. Leavitt previously served as Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. From May 2016 until March 2017, Mr. Leavitt led the Agency’s Human Resource Transformation, which sought to best support our colleagues around the world as they advance the Agency’s mission.
From 2012 until 2014, Mr. Leavitt served as the USAID Executive Secretary and Senior Advisor for National Security Affairs, which followed his service as the Director of African Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House from 2009 to 2012. At the National Security Council, Mr. Leavitt led interagency processes, often staffing the President’s meetings and calls with African heads of state.
Mr. Leavitt joined USAID in 2001 as a Conflict Resolution specialist in the Bureau for Africa. He provided technical, operational, and strategic support in shaping and implementing U.S. Government policies, strategies, and programs in conflict-affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Leavitt served for a year and a half as the Agency’s lead representative to the Department of Defense for the initial planning and establishment of U.S. Africa Command.
Based in sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Leavitt worked with Catholic Relief Services from 1994 through 2000 where he managed humanitarian and development programs, often during complex emergencies, in Angola, southern Sudan, northern Uganda, Ethiopia, and Liberia.
Mr. Leavitt attended the U.S. War College at the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, earning a Master of Advanced Military Arts and Sciences degree. He holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and English from the University of New Hampshire.
Director of Operations & Communications
Levi Strauss Foundation
Jason is the Director of Operations and Communications for the Levi Strauss Foundation, the corporate foundation of Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.), one of the world’s largest apparel companies and the global leader in denim. In this role, Jason oversees all aspects of the foundation’s operations, grantmaking and $75 million investment portfolio. In addition, Jason is responsible for all communications – connecting the stories of the foundation and its grantees to LS&Co.’s CSR and sustainability narrative. Jason also manages the company’s response to disasters globally.
Prior to this role, Jason held leadership positions in LS&Co.’s Corporate Affairs function. For six years, he was the Director of Community Affairs where he led a global team that worked to create positive impact in communities around the globe through employee volunteerism and strategic partnerships. Before joining LS&Co., Jason worked for the Northern California Community Loan Fund and Habitat for Humanity in Oakland.
Jason holds an MBA degree from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management and an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire. He also serves on several boards – including the Net Impact Corporate Advisory Council - and is a frequent speaker on the topics of corporate philanthropy and CSR.
C. Sara L. Minard, PhD.
Chief Program Officer
College for Social Innovation
Sara Minard currently serves as the Chief Program Officer for the College for Social Innovation, a not-for-profit organization in Boston, MA, that provides an innovative and unique experiential education opportunity for college students and their home colleges while building a bigger, better, and more diverse talent pipeline for the social sector. In this role Dr. Minard leads the design and delivery of a nationally recognized, multi-disciplinary curriculum to educate and inspire the next generation of problem solvers. Dr. Minard also teaches impact investing part-time at Babson College, where she serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Lewis Institute for Social Innovation.
Dr. Minard earned her PhD in Economics with highest honors from Sciences Po, Paris, and has worked as a socio-economist, educator, researcher, and development practitioner for the past twenty years on several continents at the intersection of private sector development, economic policy, social innovation and social enterprise, design thinking and impact investing/social finance. Prior to joining the College for Social Innovation, Dr. Minard was Executive Professor at Northeastern University’s D'Amore-McKim School of Business where she developed and taught award-winning courses on impact investing and social finance, social innovation and global social entrepreneurship, and led experiential field-based programs in India and Appalachia (US) with a focus on gender, food systems and social business. Prior to Northeastern, she taught for five years at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs as a full-time Lecturer-in-Discipline designing and delivering courses on methods for development practice and social entrepreneurship. Dr. Minard has also served as an international consultant and policy analyst for international development institutions, large companies, startups, and NGOs. Her industry experience includes five years as a socio-economist at the OECD in Paris where she managed development investment projects in 18 West African countries, and as a consultant for the World Bank/IFC and several UN agencies. She started her career as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. Senate and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal. She speaks fluent French, Wolof, and conversational Spanish, and serves on several boards and impact investment funds. Dr. Minard is a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher and is currently pursuing a teacher certification in mindfulness meditation.
As sustainability director for Timberland, Colleen Vien is responsible for setting the brand’s strategic direction related to all aspects of sustainability, with a focus on making products responsibly, protecting and enhancing the outdoors, and community and employee engagement. This includes internal and external stakeholder engagement, NGO relationship management and CSR reporting and communications.
Colleen has been with Timberland since 2005. Prior to being promoted to sustainability director in 2014, she led the company’s Code of Conduct / Supplier Sustainability program, which today continues to provide enrichment opportunities, beyond compliance, for partner factory workers. Colleen reports to the vice president of strategy for Timberland, with a dotted line to VF Corporation’s VP Sustainability and Responsibility.
Over the years, Colleen has held a variety of leadership seats in several collaborative multi-stakeholder industry groups, such as Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Social Accountability International (SAI), Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA’s) Social Responsibility Working Group (SRWG) and Sustainability Working Group (SWG), the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), the Social/Labor Convergence Project, and Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS). She is currently a member of the SAAS Board of Directors, on the Advisory Board for SAI, a member of the Advisory Council for the OIA SWG, and on the Steering Committee for the Social/Labor Convergence Project.
Prior to Timberland, Colleen held various ethics and compliance roles with TYCO Engineered Products and Services, and Apogent Technologies Inc.
Colleen has a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Preliminary Round Judges
- Zack Angelini, Environmental Stewardship Manager, Timberland*
- Heather Ashby, Founder & CEO, coworkHERS
- Jeff Ashe, Author & Research Fellow
- Amy Hutson Badham, Director, Office of Service Learning and Undergraduate Research, UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham
- Ted Barber, Co-Founder, Prosperity Candle
- Lisa Berghaus, Director of Marketing Communications, Monadnock Paper*
- Bryan Bessette, Founder, Freedom Café
- Courtney Bidwell, Assistant Director, Kelley Institute for Social Impact, Indiana University
- Drew Bonfiglio, Co-Founder & Partner, Emzingo Group
- Lisa Butler, Strategic Advisor
- Karin Chamberlain, Director, Impact Investments, Clean Yield Asset Management
- Gordon Chan, Economic Development Advisor – Social Franchising, Social Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (SEED) Unit, World Vision Australia
- Bruce Clendenning, Energy Policy Manager, The Nature Conservancy
- Tim Coffin, Senior Vice President, Breckinridge Capital Advisors
- Kate Dumas, CFA, Prime Buchholz, LLC
- Maria Emilia Correa, Co-Founder, Sistema B, Director, Academia B
- Kimberly Curry, Director, Community Relations, Goodwill Northern New England
- Wendy Curtis, Chief Innovation Officer & Chair eDiscovery & Information Governance Group*
- Rebecca Darr Litchfield, Co-Founder, Atayne // transcend
- Susan Dewhirst, Deputy Director, NH Progress Alliance
- Kevin Dixon, President, Alterra Pure*
- Ray Dube, Sustainability Manager, Coca Cola Bottling of Northern New England
- Kerem Durdag, Chief Operating Officer, GWI*
- Katherine Eads Galdieri, Network Systems Manager, ROC USA Network
- Holly Fowler, Co-founder & CEO, Northbound Ventures, LLC
- David Guenther, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director, International Transactions Clinic, University of Michigan Law School
- Joe Harrison, Director of Project Development, SunRaise Investments LLC
- Nathaniel Henshaw, Managing Director, CEI Ventures, Inc.
- Henry Herndon, Director, Local Energy Solutions, NH Sustainable Energy Association*
- David Herring, Executive Director, Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment
- Heather Iworsky, Branch Manager, Marketing & Culture ReVision Energy
- Chandler Jones, Principal, CEI Ventures, Inc.
- Jessica Kinsey, Career Development Manager, Cirtronics
- Keith Lemnios, CEO/Founder, Sun Coffee Roasters
- David Loehwing, Vice President, Sustainable Investing, Impax Asset Management LLC | Pax World Funds
- Nick Martin, Director of Public Affairs & Communications, Coca-Cola Bottling of Northern New England
- Scott Maslansky, Director of Clean Energy Finance, Community Development Finance Authority
- Andrea McGrath, Principal, Amplified Impact
- Mark McPeak, Interim COO, Disability Rights Fund & Disability Rights Advocacy Fund
- Beth Meadows, Founder & CEO, Supply Hope
- Sean Matthews, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Left Hook Digital*
- Christine Morin, Chief Risk & Loan Operations Officer, Mascoma Bank
- Mark Newton, Director, Regulatory and Environmental and Affairs, Samsung Electronics America
- Casey Otis, Director, Custom Programs, Harvard Business School Executive Education*
- George Parmenter, Sustainable Retailing Manager, RBS an Ahold Delhaize company
- Samantha Pause, Chief Marketing Officer, Mascoma Bank
- Betsy Peters, Chief Revenue Officer, BetterLesson
- Kevin Peterson, Director of Economic Development, New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority
- Brett Pierce, Executive Director, Meridian Stories
- Max Polec, Director, University of Alabama Birmingham, Commercialization Accelerator
- Kevin Porter, Loan Officer, ROC USA Capital
- Tara Reardon, Director ROC-NH, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund*
- John Rodat, President, Public Signals, LLC*
- Chris Rooney, Vice President: Intermediary Business Development, Impax Asset Management LLC | Pax World Funds*
- Amy Sief Hattan, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Thornton Tomasetti*
- Bill Seretta, President, The Sustainability Lab
- Anne Sherman, Director of Sustainability & Operations, Staach Inc.
- Keegan Smith, Field Sustainability Coordinator, Coca-Cola Northern New England*
- Charles Spies, Chief Executive Officer, CEI Capital Management LLC
- Greg Starbird, Principal, Starbird Consulting
- Paul Susca, Board Member, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility
- Lynda Toussaint, CEO Unjani Clinics
- Anna Trieschmann, Associate Director, Community Engagement, Social Innovation Forum
- Alyssa Trometter, Senior Partnerships Manager, Clinton Foundation
- Michelle Veasey, Executive Director, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility*
- Joe Walsh, Founder and President, Green Clean Maine
- Dan Weeks, Director of Market Development, ReVision Energy
- Andy Whitman, Director, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet
- Lora Winslow, Program Manager, Sustainable Economies Program, Manomet
- Kerri Wolfe, Manager of Partner Relations, Cradle to Crayons*
- Mary Zwolinski, Executive Director, Wayside Food Programs