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.


Alison Kinn Bennett
Alison Kinn Bennett is U.S. EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Senior Advisor for environmentally preferable products and purchasing. She founded two influential networks within EPA—the Green Building Workgroup and the Sustainable Products & Purchasing Network—which bring together policy and technical staff to advance holistic, market-based approaches to environmental and human health protection. Since 2001, Alison has served in EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, focusing her efforts on voluntary consensus standards and specifications for greener building products and construction services. Currently, Alison's team is focused on assessing and recommending environmental performance standards and ecolabels for use in Federal purchasing, leveraging private sector innovation and billions in spending to support cleaner and greener supply chains.

Catherine Benoit Norris
Social Hotspots Database
Catherine Benoit Norris, PhD, direct the Social Hotspots Database project at NewEarth B, Social impact research at New Earth and is a senior research associate at Harvard School of Public Health, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive enterprise (SHINE). Catherine is a leader in the field of Social Life Cycle Assessment, having edited and co-edited several of the liminal publications and co-created the first social impact database, the Social Hotspots Database. Catherine directed, coordinated research and stakeholder consultation for several highly-praised sustainability centers (CIRAIG, The Sustainability Consortium) and has years of deep engagement and expertise in international sustainability initiatives involving external stakeholders conducting peer reviews and engaging with different viewpoints. (GSCP, SPLC, GISR, S&L Convergence project, UN Environment, Social LC Alliance). Catherine teaches about social responsibility in product supply chains at Harvard Extension school. She has a PhD in Business administration from University of Quebec At Montreal.

I am involved in SPLC to contribute to solutions development for scaling responsible sourcing efforts. SPLC has been a major trigger for public and private organizations ramping up their sustainable sourcing efforts by offering reference and access to tools, examples and a community. I am glad to be part of that effort.

Cynthia Cummis
World Resources Institute
Cynthia Cummis is the Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation in WRI's Business Center. Ms. Cummis is a well-known expert in GHG accounting and brings more than 18 years of experience working on the issue of global climate change. Prior to WRI, Cynthia was the Director of Carbon Management at Clear Carbon Consulting where she managed carbon quantification and management projects for multiple Fortune 500 clients as well as large public institutions. Ms. Cummis was the Founding Director of U.S. EPA’s Climate Leaders Program, a voluntary program that partnered with businesses to develop corporate-wide greenhouse gas inventories and reduction goals. For more than 5 years, she led the design and implementation of the program and oversaw the growth of the program to more than 90 corporate Partners.

Cynthia holds a MPA in environmental policy from Columbia University in New York City and a B.S. from Cornell University in Ithaca N.Y.

Daniel Persica
Daniel is the Senior Manager for Sustainability Communications at Domtar. He provides sustainability-oriented marketing and communications expertise, with a focus on forestry-related topics.

Farid Yaker
UNEP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme
Farid Yaker is in charge of sustainable public procurement (SPP) at the United Nations Environment Programme, Division of Technology Economics and Industry, Paris. He is in charge of the 10YFP Sustainable Public Procurement Programme and of two ground projects aimed at assisting 16 countries in the implementation of SPP.

Mr. Yaker taught Agricultural economics at the University of Blida, Algeria from 1988 to 1990 before joining the international NGO Enda (Environmental development action) after the Rio summit that he attended in 1992. After managing an international programme on the promotion of participatory approaches in the field of urban environment from 1994 to 1999, Mr Yaker took the direction of the European office of Enda from 2000 to 2007 before joining UNEP in 2008. Mr. Yaker holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis, USA.

Jonathan Rifkin
Green Electronics
Jonathan Rifkin is the Director for Strategic Partnerships for the Green Electronics Council. In his role he is focused on identifying and collaborating with organizations that share GEC’s dedication to sustainable electronics and making them available to large-scale purchasers. Jonathan brings to GEC a unique perspective, which is informed by years as a procurement subject matter expert, and frequent and meaningful engagement with environmental experts, the manufacturing sector, and the standard setting world.

Prior to joining GEC, Jonathan spent 10 years in the public sector working for the District of Columbia’s Office of Contracting and Procurement. During this time he developed and managed the District of Columbia’s Sustainable Purchasing Program, which won two national awards and is recognized a leader in the realm of sustainable purchasing. Jonathan currently serves as an Honorary Member of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), is a member of the Board of Directors for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and maintains a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Certification from the UPPCC. Jonathan believes in, and works to create, a world in which all electronics are environmentally preferable and developed and used in a socially responsible manner.

Joel Tickner
Green Chemistry in Commerce Council (GC3)
Dr. Joel Tickner directs the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council, a network of more than 90 companies and other organizations dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green chemistry across supply chains and sectors. He is also the Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he directs the Chemicals Policy and Science Initiative of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production.

Joel is a leading expert on chemicals regulation, regulatory science, and application of alternatives assessment in science and policy. He has served as an advisor and researcher for several government agencies, international agencies, non-profit environmental groups, companies, and trade unions both in the U.S. and abroad. Joel served on the EPA’s National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee, as well as National Academy of Sciences panels around alternatives assessment and safer chemistry. He also directs the undergraduate environmental health program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
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Karen Hamilton King County
Karen Hamilton is the Environmental Purchasing Program Manager for King County Procurement and Payables in Seattle, WA. Under her leadership, King County agencies are institutionalizing the purchase of many environmentally preferable products and realizing fiscal, environmental and social benefits in the process. Her program has won numerous awards and has been presented as a model for other jurisdictions in various publications and at national and international conferences. King County is a founding member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and Ms. Hamilton serves on the strategic advisory board. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management and Policy from Western Washington University.

King County is a founding member of the SPLC because it brings public and private agencies together to define leadership in sustainable purchasing and pushes us to constantly improve.

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.

Lockheed Martin holds itself to the highest standards for performance in every aspect of business conduct. In partnership with our suppliers, we are collectively committed to sustainability, environmental stewardship, enabling responsible supplier growth, and promoting human rights and ethical behavior. Being a member of SPLC allows us to gain insights from a diverse community of practitioners that align with these commitments and to observe best practices that can assist us in shaping our sustainable supply chain strategy.

Mark Rossolo
UL Environment
Mark Rossolo is the director of public affairs for UL Environment where he leads the organization’s strategic outreach and advocacy efforts. Representing UL on the national, state, and local levels, Mark campaigns on behalf of the organization to drive public awareness about issues related to indoor air quality, green products and sustainability. Mark is a sought after resource on green building and sustainable procurement and has given speeches and training sessions all over North America on indoor IAQ, energy efficiency and sustainability.

Mark has a long and varied background in the sustainability, green building and public policy realms. He helped develop the first green building rating system in the U.S. to be certified as an official American National Standard, serves on the Green Products Roundtable and is a member of board for the Interior Design Collaborative-OR. Mark has also worked with policymakers across the U.S. and has helped pass legislation aimed at increasing green building practices at the federal, state and local levels.

Pat Hopper
Pat joined FedEx in 2001, and has been a Director of Sourcing since 2013 with category and supplier relationship management responsibilities across all FedEx entities. These categories include: Information Technology, Professional Services, Operational Supplies, Supplier Diversity, Supply Chain Sustainability, and Risk. Prior to joining FedEx, Pat was a Captain in the US Air Force responsible for the acquisition of GPS Satellites and Classified Space systems. He began his career in 1993 as an Operational Contracting Officer at a B-1 Bomber base in Rapid City, SD, and spent his last 4 years in the Air Force at the Space and Missile Systems Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Pat graduated from the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and earned a Master of Science in Contracting Management from the AF Institute of Technology in Dayton, OH.

As a Founding Member, FedEx is excited to support the SPLC. Delivering is our business. Doing it sustainably, and with positive social impact, is our responsibility. We view our citizenship actions as core to our values and critical to sustained business success. Through the collaborative work of the SPLC, we can continue to work to amplify these actions across the whole economy.

Pierre Francois Thaler
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.

It is a great honor to be part of the SPLC Strategic Advisory Committee and to share our insights for this essential leadership community which sets direction for procurement organizations around the world and accelerates the transition to a sustainable future.

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.

Richard Sobelsohn
Fordham University School of Law
Richard J. Sobelsohn has practiced law for more than 19 years as a real estate attorney with a sub-specialty in sustainable building law. He has worked as a solo practitioner, at the law firms Stroock, Stroock & Lavan, Kaye Scholer, and Moses & Singer, and was the creator of the Real Estate module for Lexis Practice Advisor. Richard returned to practice to work in-house at Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, where he is Vice President, Legal.

Richard is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, Fordham University School of Law and New York Law School where he teaches Sustainable Building Law, Commercial Leasing & Real Estate Transactions. Richard is a Green Globes Professional, LEED Accredited Professional, a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has leadership positions in the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section.

Richard speaks and writes extensively on Sustainable Building Law and ethics and is a member of both the National Legal Working Group for the U.S. Green Building Council and the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.

I am involved with SPLC because it is a major contributor to the sustainable building world and its leadership is focused, bright and forward-thinking. Providing the attorney’s perspective to the organization is very gratifying.
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Robert Kuhn
Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors
Robert Kuhn, Senior Director + Principal Advisor of Kuhn Associates Sustainability Advisors LLC, is an accomplished sustainability consultant, with significant expertise in supply chain sustainability. A former corporate attorney and business leader, Robert combines his knowledge of business and risk management with a comprehensive understanding of issues of environmental and social responsibility to help organizations of all sizes navigate the intersection of business and sustainability. His consultancy has worked with numerous organizations to assess materiality and design and implement sustainability strategies impacting complex global supply chains. Robert chairs the Institute for Supply Management’s Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee and is a published author and frequent speaker regarding business sustainability. Robert holds a B.A., cum laude, from Wesleyan University and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University.

From the very beginning, I have been a strong supporter of SPLC’s efforts to bring clarity to the complex area of sustainable procurement. I appreciate SPLC’s multi-sector, collaborative approach to defining sustainable procurement Principles, creating a best practice for strategy development and implementation and guidelines for organizational benchmarking. Being a member of SPLC’s Strategic Advisory Committee allows me to bring to SPLC real-world experiences from my clients, as well as learn from other SPLC members and volunteers.

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.

Shabnam (Shab) Fardanesh
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.

SPLC brings together public and private institutions, including purchasers, suppliers, and public interest groups, to effectively advance sustainable acquisition under a framework that defines and recognizes leadership.

Stacey Foreman
City of Portland
Stacey Foreman manages the City of Portland’s Sustainable Procurement Program and has been incorporating environmentally preferable products and services into public contracts for over a decade. Stacey is active in a variety of regional and national efforts to build sustainable procurement resources, and sits on advisory committees for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, EPEAT, and the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium. Stacey is a LEED Accredited Professional and has presented to national and international audiences on the topic of sustainability in public procurement.

SPLC is invaluable to me and the City’s sustainable procurement program for its technical resources and the incredible networking and collective problem solving that occurs within the SPLC community.
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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.

SPLC is a much-needed connection between purchasers looking to make sustainable choices, to manufacturers and organizations attempting to meet this need. We have both witnessed and facilitated the development of sustainable purchasing guidelines, sustainable product innovation, and knowledge-sharing, all tools which are continuing to grow this industry and ensure sustainable purchasing is valued by and accessible to all organizations.

Tim Reeve
Reeve Consulting
Tim Reeve, is a well-recognized and results oriented professional with over 25 years’ experience delivering successful ethical and sustainability strategies, corporate social responsibility programs and stakeholder engagement processes for private sector and non-profit organizations, governing bodies and the Olympic Games. Tim has brought his reputation as a leading practitioner in results-oriented sustainability consulting to Reeve Consulting.

Over the years, Tim has established a legacy of “firsts” that have helped shape ethical purchasing, supply chain management, industry collaboration, and sustainability awareness in Canada. Tim helped develop Canada’s first ethical policy for a Canadian Credit Union (Vancity), Canada’s first comprehensive product stewardship program (BC Product Stewardship Regulation), Canada’s first ethical purchasing policy for a major Municipality (Vancouver) and the first social compliance program for an Olympic Games (Vancouver 2010) that has influenced both the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. More recently, Tim has developed the Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement (MCSP) network by facilitating and fostering a group of approximately 20 active municipalities throughout Canada.

Warren G. Lavey
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Adjunct professor at the University of Illinois and consultant in environmental law and policy. Retired partner from the Skadden, Arps law firm. Experience includes sustainable purchasing in government agency and university procurements, and corporate disclosures in securities filings to reflect sustainable purchasing practices and climate-related strategies. JD, MA and BS, Harvard University; Diploma in Economics, Cambridge University.

Guidance, toolkits and case studies are key to advancing sustainable procurements for transportation services and other products and services. Experts need to collaborate to develop effective guidance, and organizations need SPLC's help and leadership to reduce their environmental footprints.