The association’s Board of Advisors acts as the advising body of the Association and dedicates itself to improving the services, programs, communication and benefits available to Members.
Alexander & Associates
Bart is Principal of Alexander & Associates LLC, a Denver-based consulting business that helps individuals, teams and organizations to achieve meaningful and sustainable change. His career has focused on aligning business, government and NGO resources to achieve significant social, environmental and economic progress.
Bart previously served as Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer for Molson Coors Brewing Company where he successfully integrated corporate responsibility into company strategy and culture. During Bart’s tenure, Molson Coors was recognized as the most sustainable beverage company in the world by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, a leader in climate change action by the Carbon Disclosure Project, a Newsweek Green sustainable company and a Top 100 Corporate Citizen by Corporate Responsibility Magazine.
Prior to his corporate role, Bart served in senior public leadership roles in economic development, jobs programs and health and human services at the federal, state and local levels. In 2016, Bart was recognized for the second year in a row as one of America’s top leaders in trust by Trust Across America. Bart holds a MSc from the London School of Economics, a BA magna cum laude from Harvard College, and served as a senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a guest lecturer in business school classes for local universities.
Jennifer Anderson is co-founder of Sustrana. Sustrana provides companies with technology and consulting for building superior sustainability and corporate responsibility programs. Sustrana’s online platform offers a single point of access to a suite of tools that leaders and teams need to build a strategy, prioritize work, pick projects and implement a plan.
For much of the past twenty years, Jennifer has worked at the intersection of business and social issues. Prior to Sustrana, she co-founded DudenAnderson, a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and financial systems optimization for social sector businesses. In 2008 Jennifer worked with the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia to launch Profitable Pathways to Sustainability, an executive level forum for large enterprise on leadership in sustainability. Earlier on her career, Jennifer worked in management and marketing roles for respected regional organizations such as SEI Investments, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Mercy Health System.
Jennifer holds a BA from Bucknell University and a Masters of Public Health from Drexel University. She is a Senior Certified Sustainability Professional, on the Finance Committee for the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia, and a member of the Marketing Committee at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Director, Corporate Responsibility Products & Services
Tanya Bolden is Director, Corporate Responsibility Products & Services at AIAG, joining the organization in October 2010. As leader of AIAG’s strategic programming and associated product offerings, she works with teams of volunteers, drawn from AIAG member companies, to develop and implement guidelines and share best practices to help companies manage their legislative, regulatory, and customer requirements on issues such as supply chain sustainability, environmental responsibility and business ethics.
Bolden joins AIAG from General Motors Company, where she was Corporate Responsibility Manager, responsible for a broad range of global corporate responsibility issues impacting the company. She specifically was responsible for the social sector, including industry collaborations, stakeholder engagement, reporting, risk assessment and cross-functional leadership interface. Bolden worked at General Motors for 20 years, in a variety of positions, with growing responsibility. She holds a bachelors of science from Michigan State University and a master of science in administration from Central Michigan University.
Tom is the Executive Director of Waste Management Sustainability Services and provides over 20 years of environmental and business management experience. Through the pioneering of a sustainability consultancy within Waste Management, his speaking engagements and sustainability strategy expertise, Tom has helped business leaders leverage sustainability as a platform for innovation in developing their products and services while creating long-term value. Today, Tom leads the operational, consulting, and business development groups within Waste Management Sustainability Services.
Waste Management Sustainability Services combines senior level advisory services with project management expertise to implement sustainable innovation practices within organizations, communities and corporations. Using the practical knowledge of recoverability within material management, the team is dynamically transforming every supply chain.
Tom has an MBA from Colorado Technical University and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Trine University. He has obtained a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and is currently working on a certificate in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies at Stanford University.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
SharedXpertise Media, LLC
Elliot Clark is the Chairman and CEO of SharedXpertise Media, LLC which he founded in 2007. Elliot oversees company management and the publication of HRO Today, HRO Today Global Edition and Corporate Responsibility Magazine the related global HRO Today conference series and the Commit!Forum, the largest corporate responsibility conference in the world. Elliot writes a column for each magazine issue with commentary on newsworthy events and speaks at events internationally on related topics. Elliot also works closely with development of research standards for the customer satisfaction research ratings for the leading human resource services providers and the Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens Ranking.
Elliot has had a long and distinguished career in the human resources services and technology industry. Prior to SharedXpertise, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Kenexa Corporation (Nasdaq KNXA), a leading provider of HR software and services. Elliot worked at Kenexa from 1991 until 2006 and was instrumental in growing the company from 12 to 1200 employees. He oversaw corporate operations and served as Chief Compliance Officer. He led the Kenexa team to be named the top provider in recruitment process outsourcing by multiple industry analysts and publications. As a key member of the executive team, he was deeply involved in 15 acquisitions, 3 private equity financings and an IPO. He served on the Board of Directors of Kenexa from 1997 until 2006.
Elliot is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce of the University of Pennsylvania earning a B.S. Economics where he majored in Human Resources. He also served on the National Board of Directors of the Wharton Alumni Association from 1997 to 1998. Elliot is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ehlers Danlos National Foundation, member of the Board of Trustees of Michener Art Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Chief Executive Officer
Richard Crespin is the CEO of CollaborateUp, a boutique consulting firm advising businesses and non-profits on how to work together to solve big problems. Every nonprofit is a business and every business has a social mission. They just don’t always know it or act like it so Richard works with firms to find their unique social mission where they can make significant impact and with non-profits to build programs that attract companies as partners and donors. On behalf of his clients, Richard makes strategic introductions, translates the needs of businesses to NGOs and vice-versa, and structures outcome-oriented partnerships that amplify impact and get results faster at lower cost.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
MGM Resorts International
Clark Dumont is Senior Vice President-Corporate Communications at MGM Resorts International and a Principal at United Way of Southern Nevada, Inc. He is on the Board of Directors at Nevada Development Authority.
Clark has significant and diverse experience in developing, planning and leading communications strategies within large and complex organizations. Since joining the company in 2011, Clark has brought focus and organization to communications strategies surrounding the company’s award-winning Corporate Responsibility programs.
He received his undergraduate degree from American University and a graduate degree from Syracuse University.
Angela D. Harrell
Head, Voya Foundation and Office of Corporate Responsibility
Angela D. Harrell is head of the Voya Foundation and Voya Financial’s Office of Corporate Responsibility. Harrell leads efforts to achieve the Foundation’s mission of improving the quality of life in communities where Voya Financial operates and its employees and customers live. She is also responsible for upholding, communicating and promoting the four pillars of Corporate Responsibility: community investment, multicultural affairs, environmental sustainability and business practice and principles.
Prior to joining Voya Financial, Harrell spent 12 years at The Coca-Cola Company, where she was involved with a broad range of activities including corporate social responsibility, media relations, financial and sustainability reporting, internal and executive communications, and digital/social media. Most recently, Harrell served as director of Operations. In this role, she developed a global strategy for inspiring employees to enhance the reputation of the business and make an impact on their workplace and communities.
Harrell has previously served on boards for The Coca-Cola Scholars Alumni and The Bridge, an organization focused on providing residential care and education to at-risk teens. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in international affairs from Yale University.
Vice President of Corporate Affairs, ConAgra Foods
President, ConAgra Foods Foundation, Inc.
Chris Kircher is vice president of corporate affairs at Omaha, NE-based ConAgra Foods, Inc., one of North America’s leading packaged food companies. He also serves as president of the ConAgra Foods Foundation. He is responsible for leading the company’s corporate responsibility, charitable giving and state and local public affairs initiatives. Mr. Kircher serves on a the board of directors of a variety of organizations at the national and local level including the Corporate Responsibility Officer’s Association, the National Council of La Raza, the Nebraska and Omaha Chambers of Commerce, the Aksarben Board of Councilors, the Durham and Joslyn Museums, the Salvation Army and the Omaha Sports Commission.
Before joining ConAgra Foods in 2002, Mr. Kircher was with Hill and Knowlton, Inc., one of the world’s leading public relations firms where he worked from 1989 to 1996, and then again from 2000 to June 2002 at the firm’s headquarters in New York City. His experience covered most areas of external and internal communications including crisis and issues management, media relations, financial communications, public affairs and reputation management. His clients ranged from global companies to leading universities to foreign governments.
From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Kircher was manager of financial communications at Philip Morris, Inc. (now Altria), where he also served as a media spokesperson during the tobacco industry’s historic settlement with the States. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Kircher was an account supervisor at The Hooper Group, a public relations firm in his hometown of Dayton, OH. He began his public relations career in 1984 at the Icon Group, a financial relations firm also based in Dayton.
Mr. Kircher received a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing from Wright State University. He is married and has three children.
Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability
Pirelli Tire LLC
Maureen is the Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability for Pirelli Tire North America, covering the US, Canada and Mexico. She is based in New York.
Previously she managed Pirelli’s global public affairs, and before that its international communications, from the company’s headquarters in Milan, Italy.
Prior to her public affairs and communications career, Maureen worked as a journalist. She was a Milan correspondent for the Wall Street Journal Europe and Business Week, among others. She currently writes a weekly column for Inc.com on sustainability.
Maureen is a board member of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada and of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
Corporate Responsibility Leader, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)
Kristina Kloberdanz is the Corporate Responsibility Leader for the IBM Corporation. Having been with IBM since 1993, Kristina oversees IBM’s global corporate responsibility strategy and brand reputation. In this role, she chairs the internal IBM working group on corporate responsibility, is responsible for the annual IBM Corporate Responsibility Report, and manages IBM’s interaction with socially responsible investment analysts and various ranking and reporting organizations.
Kristina has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, branding, sponsorship and corporate citizenship. She was an inaugural member of IBM’s Corporate Services Corps (IBM’s version of the Peace Corps) working with NGOs on assignment in Brazil and with Russia. Previously, Kristina managed IBM’s Corporate Sponsorships integrating and showcasing IBM’s services and solutions with a world class portfolio of the NFL, the four Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments, The Masters and US Open Golf, Broadway and The Tony Awards. Kristina often speaks on panels at conferences and industry events.
In addition to her work at IBM, Kristina currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Corporate Responsibility Association and is completing the certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. She has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and advisory councils, lending her expertise in marketing and strategic planning to Outward Bound International, NYC Outward Bound, New York Junior League, School of American Ballet/New York City Ballet and Ballet Dallas.
Kristina received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University, where she was distinguished as a Meadows Foundation Award recipient for Ballet. Kristina trained with New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and danced professionally with Ballet Oklahoma.
Kristina resides in NYC and enjoys running marathons, triathlons, skiing, mountain climbing and traveling the globe from her home away from home in Paris, to the peaks of Kilimanjaro and the mountain ranges of the Himalayas.
Former Senior Manager, Social Responsibility & Executive Director
The Mosaic Company Foundation
In her previous role, Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas led the strategy for integrating corporate social responsibility with a diverse portfolio of partnerships, including community investment, sustainable agriculture, global food security and nutrient stewardship. At Mosaic, Kari worked with both internal and external stakeholder teams across multiple geographies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. She managed the award-winning Mosaic Villages Project, a cross-climactic, cross-geographic program with implementing partners that helps smallholder farmers pull their families from poverty by learning best agronomic practices and increasing yields three to five times over traditional farming methods. Kari also focuses on various initiatives in watershed restoration and habitat conservation. She was responsible for developing innovative partnerships to address the global demand to feed more people on the same arable land through sustainable agriculture and nutrient stewardship practices.
Kari has provided executive leadership to international, national, state, and local organizations and companies, spanning agriculture, sustainability, environment, health, energy, financial services, clean tech, education, and social services. Kari also has served as president of two nonprofit organizations and led several public-private partnerships. She was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship from the Archibald Bush Foundation, a finalist for CFO of the Year-Nonprofit with Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal, named one of The (Real) Power 50 of 2013 by Minnesota Business Magazine, and named one of the 2013 Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.
Kari holds a Bachelor’s degree in statistics and international studies from The American University in Washington, DC and a Masters of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota, where she also has served as adjunct faculty. Kari serves on many nonprofit boards, including Finnegan’s Community Fund, University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management Carlson Ventures Enterprise and HELPS International.
Senior Manager of Sustainability
Laurel is a Senior Manager of Sustainability for NRG Energy, a diversified power company committed to creating a sustainable energy future. She joined NRG in 2013 and in her role she supports strategy creation and execution of company-wide initiatives. She is responsible for all voluntary sustainability reporting processes including production of the annual Sustainability Report and NRG’s interaction with various ranking and reporting organizations. Laurel earned an MBA from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Sustainable Business and a BA from Claremont McKenna College.
Vice President, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Philanthropy
Douglas Sabo is Vice President, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy at Visa Inc., a global digital payments network that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. Sabo joined Visa in 2008 after previous roles in Corporate Responsibility and Government Relations for high tech companies and trade associations.
In his current role, he oversees the company’s corporate responsibility strategy, reporting and communications, in collaboration with internal stakeholders. He co-chairs the company’s cross-function Corporate Responsibility working group, leads the environmental sustainability strategy and audit, and oversees the reporting process, including shareholder and stakeholder engagement, awards and rankings, and the company’s CSR report and communications.
Sabo also oversees Visa’s global philanthropic strategy, partnerships and programs, with a focus on financial inclusion, financial literacy, humanitarian support, community involvement and employee engagement. Sabo has had a particular focus on aligning Visa’s core business – the electronic movement of money – with opportunities to advance financial inclusion for the world’s 2 billion unbanked adults and to modernize how humanitarian aid is distributed. At Visa, he has developed and managed strategic relationships and formal partnerships with non-governmental organizations, global development agencies and other relevant third-party organization. During his tenure, Sabo has been responsible for more than $100 million in philanthropic contributions and programs on behalf of Visa.
Sabo currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Contributions Council of the Conference Board, the Advisory Board of the Corporate Responsibility Association and the Business Outreach Committee of the World Affairs Council. He also has served as a founding member of the de facto board of the Better Than Cash Alliance, a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Financial Inclusion’s “Financial Inclusion 2020” initiative and as a former chair of the National Cyber Security Alliance. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of corporate responsibility and philanthropy topics on behalf of the company.
Sabo graduated with High Honors from Wesleyan University with a degree in Government and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Sabo also holds an Executive Certificate in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and an Executive Certificate in Corporate Citizenship from the Carroll School of Management. In his spare time, he enjoys chasing his two young daughters (ages 3 and 1) around the house.
VP Social Responsibility & Community Engagement
Marriott International, Inc.
Mari Snyder is responsible for developing Marriott’s social responsibility strategy and its global implementation and, in her role on the company’s Global Green Council, collaborates enterprise-wide to develop Marriott’s sustainability strategy and practices, in support of the Council’s executive co-chairs.
Ms. Snyder manages Marriott’s portfolio of innovative environmental initiatives, including a rainforest preservation project in the Amazon and a water conservation/micro-enterprise project in Southwest China. Ms. Snyder’s team establishes and manages the company’s community partnerships, corporate contributions, disaster relief, associate volunteerism and stakeholder engagement programs. She reports the company’s sustainability and social responsibility results.
Ms. Snyder joined Marriott in 1999. Marriott International, Inc. is a leading lodging company with nearly 3,700 lodging properties in 72 countries and territories. Marriott employs approximately 129,000 employees and is recognized by FORTUNE® as one of the best companies to work for and one of the world’s most admired companies.
Prior to joining Marriott, Ms. Snyder worked for M&M/MARS for nine years. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Ms. Snyder serves on the Board of Advisors of the Universities at Shady Grove, University System of Maryland and the Business Advisory Council of St. Bonaventure University.