Management Team

Sarah O'Brien
As SPLC's CEO, Sarah is responsible for ensuring that SPLC's many programs empower procurement and supply chain professionals around the globe to successfully implement high-impact sustainable purchasing practices. Sarah is an expert on sustainable purchasing and specifically on the procurement of more sustainable electronics. Prior to joining SPLC she was Director of the multi-stakeholder Clean Electronics Production Network (CEPN) working on the elimination of worker exposure to toxic chemicals in the electronics supply chain. For more than a decade previously, Sarah led global purchaser engagement with the EPEAT sustainable procurement tool for the Green Electronics Council. Earlier, Sarah developed and managed the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program of the nonprofit Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (now renamed Practice Greenhealth) and served as a Senior Outreach Associate for INFORM’s PBT-free purchasing program, working with states across the country on reducing their procurement of products containing mercury and other persistent toxics. Sarah has a BA from Yale University and a Masters degree in anthropology from Temple University.
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Johanna Anderson 
Director of Learning and Member Engagement
As Director of Learning and Member Engagement, Johanna works directly with Sustainable Purchasing's members to develop and implement strategic sustainable purchasing programs designed to create a more sustainable world. She also collaborates on the development of resources to support Sustainable Purchasing's members in achieving their goals. Prior to joining Sustainable Purchasing, Johanna coordinated the State of Minnesota's Sustainable Procurement Program for 10 years, assisting the state with making purchases that demonstrated the highest level of environmental, social, and economic responsibility. During her time with the State, she led the development of a charter for the State's program, increasing the State's commitment to and accountability for sustainable procurement. She also successfully advocated for including sustainable purchasing in an Executive Order on state agency sustainability. Johanna has been involved with Sustainable Purchasing since 2013. She engaged the State of Minnesota as a founding member, has served on numerous SPLC committees, chaired Sustainable Purchasing's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and served on the Board as liaison to the TAC. Johanna holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science from San Francisco State University.
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Kris Spriano 
Technical Programs Director
As Technical Programs Director, Kris is responsible for ensuring members' needs are being met in a way that provides them with an impact-focused purposeful track towards leadership. Kris co-manages the ongoing design, development and deployment of member resources and training supporting these efforts including identification of best practices, relevant eco-labels/certifications; supporting peer groups, and non-profits.  Additionally, she leads the continued development of Sustainable Purchasing's Maturity Model and Benchmark Program offerings which dock into Sustainable Purchasing's member services.  Prior to Sustainable Purchasing, Kris was a Supply Chain Sustainability Manager at Cisco Systems focused on supply chain greenhouse gas reductions, continued development and implementation of their design for environment principles and product-level environmental compliance. Among her most impressive accomplishments and initiatives in this role, Kris led the development and execution of Cisco System’s first-ever Scope 3 end-to-end supply chain emissions reduction program which met its 2020 GhG reduction goal. She also worked in a variety of traditional supply chain roles over her 16 year tenure with them, including supply chain program management, demand planning management and supply chain learning and development. Additional private sector work prior to this focused on electro-mechanical manufacturing and process engineering.  Kris holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.