Caitlin Bristol, Global Manager, Green, eBay Inc. (Board Chair)
A creative strategist focused on the design and development of more sustainable forms of commerce, Caitlin believes you can have your organic cake and eat it too. As eBay Inc.’s Global Manager of Green, she helps to catalyze, incubate and bring to scale new programs and initiatives that enable both business and social value. A couple of the more well-known programs she has helped to develop include partnerships with Patagonia’s Common Threads Initiative and the PGA Trade-In Network. Before joining eBay, she led content and creative for San Francisco-based green media company ecofabulous.com, where she worked on strategic programs and media campaigns with companies such as Intel, Safeway, Method, Levi’s, and Electrolux. When she’s not working towards the seamless integration of sustainability into our everyday lives, Caitlin can be found exploring the San Francisco Bay Area on two wheels.
Justina Lai, Associate Director, Sonen Capital LLC
Justina is a private equity investor that believes in harnessing the power of capital – and applying the discipline and rigor of conventional investing – to create meaningful social and environmental impact. Justina joined Sonen Capital, an investment management firm focused on impact investments, in 2013 where she serves as a member of the investment team with a focus on the firm’s private markets strategies. Previously, Justina helped manage the Rockefeller Foundation’s Program Related Investments portfolio comprised of domestic and international impact investments in private equity and private debt. She was also a core member of the Impact Investing team where she advanced and shaped the initiative strategy focused on building the field of impact investing. In addition, she has held positions with Legacy Venture in Palo Alto, CA and Rwanda Ventures, a business incubator launching and operating sustainable agricultural companies with social impact in Kigali, Rwanda. Prior to her career in impact investing, she was an Associate in the New York and Paris offices of Vestar Capital Partners, where she diligenced and executed growth equity and leveraged buyout transactions across the US and Europe. Justina began her career in the sponsor coverage group within Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division in New York, where she assisted in financial advisory and capital raising services for private equity clients. Justina received a BS in Finance and International Business, summa cum laude, from New York University and an MBA with certificates in Public and Global Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Justina is proficient in Cantonese Chinese and Spanish and has lived and worked in Hong Kong, France, the UK and Rwanda.
Libby Reder, Independent Consultant
Libby Reder is an experienced marketing/communications and strategy professional with a focus on sustainability. Currently an independent consultant, Libby advises a range of clients with a focus on using technology to mainstream socially-and environmentally-beneficial behavior. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Libby was Business Leader, Corporate Reputation at Visa Inc., leading strategy and operations for Visa’s Currency of Progress platform across seven countries. At Visa, Libby also previously held the role of Business Leader, Corporate Responsibility, through which she led and grew the company’s employee matching gift and volunteer programs, in addition to spearheading Visa’s initial sustainability reporting through the Carbon Disclosure Project. Before joining Visa, Libby created, developed and led eBay Inc.’s environmental initiatives, including employee engagement, stakeholder relationships and customer outreach. Libby had the pleasure of being involved in everything from securing eBay’s investment in the installation of San Jose’s largest commercial solar array to developing annual consumer advertising in the Hearst magazines’ April issues, focused on sustainability. Libby began her career on Capitol Hill, serving as an aide to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Antitrust. Libby holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of California – Berkeley Haas School of Business.
James Schurz, Attorney, Morrison and Foerster
Mr. Schurz’s practice encompasses all manner of commercial transactions and intellectual property matters, including actions for breach of contract and business torts, including unfaircompetition, fraud, trade libel, products liability, and jointventure/distributor termination. Mr. Schurz has broad experience representing energy companies, resource companies, electronics manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies. He has appeared extensively in courts throughout Northern California, and, in particular, San Francisco Superior Court, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the California Courts of Appeal. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law (1998 topresent) is the co-author of “How to Choose a Forum that is Right for You” (International Commercial Litigation 2002) and “Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Mechanisms in International Environmental Conventions and Multilateral Trade Agreements,” (United Nations Environmental Programme 1995) and a series of articles for California Law Business, California Real Property Journal, and International Commercial Litigation.
Eben Schwartz, Staff Member, California Coastal Commission
Eben directs California Coastal Cleanup Day, California’s largest volunteer event, and oversees the year-round Adopt-A-Beach Program. In addition, Eben provides policy advice, technical expertise, and guidance to non-profits working on marine debris issues in California and along the West Coast. Eben also serves as the Chair of the Marine Debris Action Coordination Team for the West Coast Governors’ Alliance on Ocean Health, which is currently drafting an overall marine debris strategy to be used as guidance for comprehensive marine debris programs in Washington, Oregon and California. From 2007 to 2010, Eben served as the Chair of the California Ocean Protection Council’s Marine Debris Steering Committee, in which role he helped craft and pass the Council’s Resolution on Marine Debris and its corresponding Implementation Strategy.
Prior to his work with the Coastal Commission, Eben worked in conservation programs at the Sierra Club, at both the local and national levels. Eben recently completed a two-year program as one of the inaugural members of the Catto Fellowship with the Aspen Institute, designed for emerging leaders in the environment and energy sector. Eben holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University.
Judi Shils, Executive Director, Teens Turning Green
Judi Shils has spent the last 10 years of her life spearheading grassroots community projects. While attending a Marin County Supervisors meeting in 2002, she listened to concerned citizens pose questions about the high cancer rates in their neighborhoods and express thoughts as to possible causes. The dearth of answers led Shils to form the Marin Cancer Project: Search for the Cause, and now the teen-driven force for sustainable change, the non-profit, Teens Turning Green (teensturninggreen.org). As well, Shils worked with campaign members and green businesses to create the first line of eco body products for teens launched nationally with Whole Foods Market in 2008. After attending Temple University and American University, she started her Emmy Award-winning career with ABC Sports in New York and remained in television for 25 years. in 1988, Shils moved to Los Angeles, where she produced the first critically acclaimed reality television special “3,000 miles, 21 days, 10 cents” for Fox Television. Moving to the Bay Area and becoming a mother to daughter Erin, changed the course of her life. In 1995, Shils created the successful Diary Project (diaryproject.com), one of the very first on-line forums for teenagers to discuss their lives, as well as an accompanying newspaper component and Emmy Award-winning television series called “Life in Progress” on Oxygen TV series. As well she produced a stage version of the DP, the script was created with entries from the website. She founded and ran the annual student art show “Celebrate Arts” for 10 years. Shils’ environmental work began at the California Coastal Commission, where she has been a consultant since 1996, focusing on public education programs and the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day.
Erin Schrode, Co-Founder, Teens Turning Green / Sustainability Speaker
Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder and spokeswoman of Turning Green promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. After working in disaster response in Haiti, she founded and launched The Schoolbag, a youth education project to provide tools and materials for students in need, as well as initiate active citizenry and environmental stewardship.A “sustainability prodigy” and eco expert, Erin has been featured in the NY Times, Vanity Fair, SF Chronicle, NY Post, Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue, National Geographic, ABC, NBC, BBC, CNN, FOX, MTV, E!, AOL, GOOD, Slate, and other multimedia outlets. The “juggernaut in the non profit and green world” speaks frequently, serves on panels, hosts events and videos, and writes columns for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, ecofabulous, and Eco Age, as well as her own blog. An award-winning ecopreneur, Erin is US Ambassador to One Young World,spokeswoman for top organic brands, and, as The White House said, “a dynamic, passionate and ambitious young woman committed to creating big change everywhere she goes.” She is in her third year as a DEANS Scholar at New York University – studying abroad in South America, after terms in the Middle East, West Africa, and Europe. Having visited over fifty countries, Erin has developed a keen global perspective and hopes to inspire her peers to take action and make the world a more sustainable and just place for future generations.
Heidi Locke Simon, former partner, Bain & Company
Heidi Locke Simon recently retired as a Partner of Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm where she worked ~20 years. She was a leader of the firm’s performance improvement capability area and managed Bain’s marketing and client development efforts on the West Coast. Prior to joining Bain in 1993, Heidi worked in investment banking for Goldman, Sachs & Company and spent time in brand management with Colgate-Palmolive Company. Heidi earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics and Economics with highest honors from Middlebury College, including course work at the University of Paris. Heidi began volunteering for Teens Turning Green with its first Search for the Cause campaign a decade ago. She has served in numerous roles, including Board Chair for several years.