Strategic Advisory Committee

The Strategic Advisory Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors to provide high-level strategic guidance to the Board and senior leadership on the overall direction and activities of the Council. The Strategic Advisory Committee does not have decision-making authority but is regularly invited to meet jointly with the Board, serving as a means for Board and staff to integrate diverse perspectives into decision-making.

 



David Asiello
US Department of Defense
Mr. Asiello currently provides technical and policy support to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations & Environment). David’s areas of responsibility include overseeing DoD Environmental Technology Programs; leading development and implementation of the DoD Sustainability Plan; Integrating Sustainable Procurement Policy and maximizing the use of Green Products at DoD Installations; and integrating Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health considerations into Weapon Systems Acquisition Programs. David has been with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) since March 2000. Prior to coming to the Secretary of Defense Office, David held a variety of logistics, operations & maintenance, and environmental positions for the Chief of Naval Operations, and for the Commander, Naval Air Systems Command.

David received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University 1986, his Master of Business Administration Degree from Marymount University in 1990, and is a 2003 graduate of the National Defense University with a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy and Senior Acquisition Certification from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. In 2008, Mr. Asiello graduated from the Defense Leadership and Management Program and from the Federal Executive Institute.

David is married with three young children and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.


Jocelyn Azada
Nielsen
Jocelyn is currently the Supplier Diversity and Supply Chain Sustainability Director at Nielsen. A sustainability nerd, she enjoys standards creation and was a member of the Mirror Committee for the creation of the ISO Standard for Sustainable Procurement, ISO 20400, and also represents Nielsen as a founding member of the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition, which is focused on creating economically inclusive supply chains.

She began her career in CSR/Sustainability in the Corporate Social Responsibility Group of Wespath, a socially responsible fund with $21 billion of assets under management. In her role, she was on a team that engaged leading companies on environmental, social, and governance issues, including Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil, Nike, Disney and McDonald’s.

She holds a BS from the University of Florida, and a Master’s of Theological Studies focused on globalization and economic ethics from Garrett Seminary on the campus of Northwestern University. Her writing has been published by John Wiley & Sons (Packaging Sustainability, 2010), the University of Indiana Press (“Asian Pacific American Catholic Women”, 2006), Fortress Press (“Diaspora Economics: Filipino American Families and Globalization”, 2004), and others. The latest publication of her work is a case study on the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition website, “Unlocking the Power of Procurement: A Case Study of Nielsen’s Journey to Deliver Social Impact”. A personal highlight was being an invited speaker to the United Nations on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the role of the private sector in 2017.

Jocelyn is married and comes from a large family of Filipino immigrants. She enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, cultural events, tennis, and conversations about tipping points.


Karl Bruskotter
City of Santa Monica
Karl is the Sustainable Procurement Advisor for the City of Santa Monica, CA, a role he has spearheaded for 18 years.


LeTonya Cooper
FedEx
LeTonya Cooper is a proven leader who specializes in driving standardization, process improvement and solving complex business problems. She has over 16 years of experience in the Procurement field. Her current position is Sourcing Manager, Supplier Relationship Management focused on Supplier Diversity, Sustainability and Risk. The Sourcing and Procurement organization is responsible for approximately $13B in spend across the FedEx Enterprise.
LeTonya is a 13 year FedEx employee and has received several accolades at FedEx for her leadership in significant initiatives resulting in an improved and cost effective supply chain. She has domestic and international operational and service related experience across the FedEx enterprise. Before joining FedEx, she worked in the Accounting field at International Paper Company in Memphis.
LeTonya attended Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN where she received a Bachelors in Business with a concentration in Accounting. She serves as the Professional Development Director for the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Memphis chapter.


Charleen Fain-Keslar
California Department of General Services
Charleen Fain-Keslar has been the Standards and Quality Control Manager for the State of California since September 2012. She is responsible for managing and leading the Department of General Services, Procurement Division, Engineering Branch, California’s central acquisition business agent, serving an integral role in leading the state’s sustainable purchasing activities. Charleen has 29 years of experience in specification and standards development and environmental and materials management. A recent graduate of the iPEC Coaching, she seeks to help others discover their own paths to establishing sustainability programs unique to their organizations procurement operations.
Charleen lead the effort for California state government to become a founding member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council. She has served in governance and oversight roles for several public sector organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from California State University Sacramento.


Shabnam (Shab) Fardanesh
US DOE
Shabnam (Shab) Fardanesh is the Sustainable Acquisition Coordinator at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Sustainable Environmental Stewardship. She is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in environmental sustainability, sustainable acquisition, fleet management, and alternative fuel technologies. She is the DOE GreenBuy Program lead which provides the agency sites with direction and incentives for purchasing products with strong environmental attributes.

In 2009-10, Shab served as a Senior Program Manager for the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, assisting in Executive Order (EO) 13514 implementation with a special emphasis on sustainable transportation. She also served in the Energy Branch of the Office of Management and Budget in 2005, working on energy efficiency projects. Shab has managed compliance activities and drafted guidance documents for all Federal fleets in meeting requirements for the Energy Policy Acts of 1992 and 2005, EO 13149, and EO 13423. She also chaired the Interagency Committee on Alternative Fuels and Low Emission Vehicles (INTERFUEL) , comprised of energy and environmental officials from more than 30 agencies, coordinating policy and programs for fleet sustainability and environmental management from 2000 to 2007.


Rex Hardaway
Emory University
Rex is the Director of Contract Administration at Emory University. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Procurement & Material Services at Emory University for 18 years.


Sanjay Kumar
Ministry of Railway, Government of India
Sanjay Kumar has been an ardent advocate and practitioner of embedding sustainability in end-to-end procurement process. With over 21 years experience in Indian Railways’ procurement and supply chain, he brings real world experiences of applying sustainability principles in business decisions to the table. He understands the theoretical underpinnings of sustainable procurement processes and pushes its implementation to achieve policy objectives. His vision, leadership and dedicated effort have been fundamental to the growth of sustainable purchasing movement in India. He has played a pivotal role in convincing Government of India to embrace sustainable procurement policy and set up a National Task Force on Sustainable Procurement. He is credited with taking diverse initiatives in research, advocacy and capacity building in India and other developing countries. He has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences and has published articles in newspapers, magazines and research journals.

Sanjay holds dual Master degrees in Environment Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and in Public Policy & Sustainable Development from Teri University, New Delhi, India.


Tim Meester
Best Buy
Tim leads the Sourcing and Category Management functions supporting Supply Chain and Retail Operations, Consumer and Field Services, the Home Channel, and Corporate Services. He also serves as the champion for corporate responsibility and sustainability for the indirect procurement channel.
In support of the advancement of experiential education, Tim works to bridge the business community with local high schools. He sits on the advisory board for VANTAGE Advanced Professional Studies in Minnetonka, MN and regularly supports CAPS out of Blue Valley Schools in Kansas City.
Tim is also heavily involved in diversity, inclusion, and equal rights through his leadership roles in Best Buy for the PRIDE and Black Employee Resource Groups, his support of the NGLCC, WBDC, and MEDA to advance supplier diversity, and his local advocacy work with HRC.


Brad Molotsky
Duane Morris
Brad is a Partner at Duane Morris LLP, based in the greater Philadelphia area.


Nora Neibergall
Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
SAC Co-Chair
Nora P. Neibergall is Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary for the Institute for Supply Management®®(ISM®). Neibergall leads ISM’s global certification programs, including the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®). Additionally, Nora oversees ISM’s professional standards initiatives, including ISM’s efforts in the areas of sustainability, social responsibility and ethical procurement. ISM publishes and promotes principles and standards for sustainability in supply management and for ethical procurement. Nora served as a member of the US technical advisory group for the ISO20400 Sustainable Procurement – Guidance publication.
Prior to joining ISM, Neibergall held roles in supply management at manufacturing, technology and retail organizations. Neibergall holds a BS from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.


Chris O'Brien
CustomerFirst Renewables
Chris is the Director of Business Development at CustomerFirst Renewables where he works with large energy users across North America to help catalyze the transformation of America's electricity supply to clean and renewable sources. He is also a founding board director of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council. Previously, he worked at the American University, where he was Director of Sustainability from 2009 to 2015. He was responsible for all sustainability functions, including the university's commitment to achieving climate-neutrality by the year 2020, and taught energy, climate, carbon markets and sustainable purchasing in the Sustainability Management masters program at AU's Kogod School of Business.


Anastasia O'Rourke
Industrial Economics
SAC Chair
Anastasia O’Rourke is a Senior Technical Consultant with Industrial Economics Inc, a 120 person environmental and economic consulting firm based in Cambridge Massachusetts. Anastasia focuses on building strategic sustainability programs that leverage sustainability standards, ratings, products, and services. Dr. O’Rourke led SPLC’s work on supplier ratings and serves as the Chair of SPLC’s Strategic Advisory Committee, and is a member of the SPLC Board of Directors. Dr. O’Rourke holds a B.A. (Hons, 1st Class) from Sydney University, a M.Sc. In Industrial Environmental Management from Lund University Sweden, and a Ph.D. in environmental management and finance from Yale University.


Judy Panayos
Sodexo
Judy Panayos is the Sr. Director of Sustainability in Supply Management at Sodexo with responsibilities for sustainability and corporate responsibility in supply. Judy works to incorporate internal and client goals for sustainability and corporate responsibility into sourcing strategies including local sourcing, sustainable products, responsible supply chain practices and sustainability innovation. Previously, Judy worked in medical device manufacturing at Becton Dickinson (BD). Over the 10+ years at BD, Judy had oversight of various supplier programs including Sustainable Procurement, Supplier Diversity, Supplier Risk, Supplier Quality Management, and Supplier Recognition. She also held positions in Strategic Sourcing, Planning, Distribution, Transportation and Customer Service. Previous to BD, Judy has over fifteen years of experience in key roles in Performing Arts Logistics Management, including urban renewal projects including government, industry and non-profit partnerships. Judy has a Corporate Responsibility certificate and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and a B.F.A. from New York University.
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Tad Radzinski
Sustainable Solutions Corporation
With over 30 years of practical experience, Tad Radzinski is a leading expert in corporate responsibility and environmental management. Tad, co-founder and Certification Officer of GreenCircle Certified, LLC, provides third-party verification of environmental claims, ensuring transparency in the green marketplace. Tad is additionally President of Sustainable Solutions Corporation, delivering consultative services to companies in a wide range of global industries. Tad is an adjunct professor at Villanova University, teaching graduate classes such as Sustainable Buildings and Operations and Principles of Sustainable Development. Formerly the EPA’s Waste Minimization Program National Expert, Tad has been a trusted advisor for Fortune 500 companies including ASSA ABLOY, Unilever, Merck, Stanley Black & Decker, Saint-Gobain, Kohler and Florida Crystals. As one of the founding members of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC), Tad is additionally a member of SPLC’s Strategic Advisory Committee.


Kurt Ravenfeld
Lockheed Martin
Mr. Ravenfeld is the Corporate Director, Global Supply Chain Operations for Lockheed Martin. In this role he is responsible for managing the Corporation’s indirect materials and services commodites, IT and telecommunications commodities, direct commodities, logistics services, corporate travel and events, supplier diversity program, enterprise supply chain IT systems, supply chain risk and regulatory compliance and governance programs.

Prior to this assignment, he was Director, Strategy, Category Management & Subcontract Excellence for Lockheed Martin’s Global Supply Chain Operations. With over 30 years in the Aerospace industry, he has experience in business operations, design engineering, producibility engineering, manufacturing, system integration and test, production, logistics and sustainment, process engineering, supply chain, business capture and research and development.


Tim Reeve
Reeve Consulting
With over 25 years of experience, Tim has earned his reputation as a leading sustainability practitioner and industry spokesperson, and is seen as one of Canada’s leading authorities on responsible sourcing and sustainable supply chains.
As President of Reeve Consulting, Tim has led the creation and implementation of many of Canada’s most innovative social, ethical, and environmental purchasing programs – for clients ranging from the Province of BC, the 2010 Olympic Games, and the City of Mississauga, to Lululemon, Vancity Credit Union, and London Drugs. Other recent engagements include acting as an advisor to UN Environment on sustainable consumption and production, developing a sustainability program for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, and coordinating the MCSP – a collaborative network dedicated to promoting best practices in social and environmental procurement for the public sector.
Tim has travelled throughout the world as a keynote speaker, conference presenter and course lecturer speaking on sustainability trends, supply chain management, and sharing industry insights. Recently, he has presented at the Province of BC’s Procurement Community of Practice 2017 Conference (Victoria, BC), the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s 2017 Summit (Denver, CO), and the Green Public Procurement Training Summit (Beijing, China, 2016), among others.
He lives in English Bay in the West End of Vancouver BC, is a father to a wonderful 15-year-old daughter named Olivia, and is a keen alpine skier and open-water swimmer.


Yalmaz Siddiqui
MGM Resorts International
A global expert in sustainable purchasing, Yalmaz Saddiqi was the Founding Chair of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council. Yalmaz is Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at MGM Resorts International. He is responsible for leading a range of environmental sustainability initiatives for the company, including green conventions, food waste reduction, waste management, sustainable purchasing and communications. He will also develop an advanced sustainability strategy framework for MGM Resorts, including metrics and targets, project accountability and roles, and reporting strategy.

Prior to joining MGM Resorts, Yalmaz was Senior Director, Sustainability at Office Depot, where he set strategic direction and helped integrate a series of social and environmental sustainability programs into the global organization. During his ten years with Office Depot he helped the company grow sales of environmentally preferable products from $1.2 Billion to $3.2 Billion, reduced carbon emissions by over 40%, and reach a ranking of #1 greenest large retailer America in Newsweek magazine's green rankings for three consecutive years.


Robert Stumberg
Georgetown University
Robert Stumberg is a professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Harrison Institute for Public Law. The Institute is a teaching and service program that works with public officials and nonprofits in the areas of climate change, democracy and trade, health justice, and human rights. His current research and writing center on the human rights of workers in global supply chains, particularly those of government and institutional purchasers. He has worked closely with the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium, Electronics Watch, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), the International Learning Lab on Procurement and Human Rights, and most recently, the United 2026 campaign for human rights in the FIFA World Cup. His education includes: BA, Macalester College; JD, Georgetown University; LLM Georgetown University.


Pierre Francois Thaler
EcoVadis
Pierre-François is co-founder and co-CEO of EcoVadis, the first collaborative platform providing sustainability ratings and performance improvement tools for global supply chains. Since its launch in 2007, over 100 Global 500 companies have selected EcoVadis to manage risks and drive eco-innovations in their supply chain across 110 countries. Prior to founding EcoVadis, Pierre-François was CEO of B2Build SA, the 1st B2B marketplace for the European construction industry, and director of Ariba Procurement BPO business in EMEA. He is a frequent lecturer and author of multiple research studies on sustainable supply chain and procurement. Pierre-François is an electrical engineer by trade, holding a Master of Science from Supelec and an MBA from Insead.


Cuno van Geet
Riikwaterstaat
In my work at Rijkswaterstaat I consult the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Water Management on sustainable procurement in both construction, IT and facility management. How to use the power of this demand for strategic objectives in policy and ambitions of organisations. My expertise is on how to translate these objectives into impact in practice by setting up collaboration and creating commitment to make this more than a one-time action.

For over 15 years my focus within sustainability used to be on energy and climate in buildings; but since 10 years working in procurement my focus has shifted towards materials and products and the debate of the Circular Economy. This circularity is not just a new topic, but it addresses key issues in our global economy and relates to new business models and processes for both supply and demand who need to challenge their current linear systems. It provides new opportunities in collaboration within the chain and creating new value from the reuse of resources, while delivering on objectives both in sustainability, social and economic issues. We have initiated many pilots to test these new models, both in the Netherlands and other pioneering organisations in Europe. These give us valuable lessons we can share, while preparing the make a next step in collaboration within the chain and partnerships between big buyers who collectively can make a difference.