CRA’s Board of Advisors

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.

BartAlexanderBart Alexander

Principal
Alexander & Associates

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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.

JenniferAndersonJennifer Anderson
Co-Founder

Sustrana

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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.

Tanya H. Bolden

Director, Corporate Responsibility Products & Services
AIAG

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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 CarpenterTom Carpenter

Executive Director
Waste Management

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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.

3BL-Media-051017-329Allie Williams

Executive Director
Corporate Responsibility Association

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Allie Williams is the Executive Director of the Corporate Responsibility Association.

richard-cRichard Crespin

Chief Executive Officer
CollaborateUp

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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.

ClarkDumontRESIZEDClark Dumont

Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
MGM Resorts International

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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.

chris-kircherChris Kircher

Vice President of Corporate Affairs, ConAgra Foods
President, ConAgra Foods Foundation, Inc.

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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.

Maureen Kline

Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability
Pirelli Tire LLC

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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.

Kari MosaicKari Niedfeldt-Thomas

Former Senior Manager, Social Responsibility & Executive Director
The Mosaic Company Foundation

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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.

Laurel_Peacock_NRGLaurel Peacock

Senior Manager of Sustainability
NRG Energy

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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.

Julie Childers

Senior Sustainability Leader
Owens Corning

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