Our Team


Jeffrey Hollender – CEO & Co-founder, ASBC

Jeffrey Hollender is CEO, co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, which through its national member network represents more than 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries. He was co-founder and CEO of Seventh Generation, which he built into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency,


David Levine
Co-founder and President

David is the co-founder and president of the American Sustainable Business Council. He has worked as a social entrepreneur for over 30 years focusing on the development of whole systems solutions for a more sustainable society through building strategic partnerships and broad stakeholders initiatives.


Thomas Oppel
Executive Vice President, ASBC; Former Chief of Staff, Secretary of the U.S. Navy

Thomas Oppel has more than three decades of experience in management, communications, policy and political campaigns.

From 2009 to 2017, he served as Chief of Staff to the 75th Secretary of the United States Navy, Ray Mabus, responsible for overseeing the development, execution and communication of the Secretary’s policies, goals and objectives throughout the Navy and Marine Corps, the Pentagon, the federal


Denise Bowyer
High Road Economy Director

Denise Bowyer has spent her life advocating for worker’s rights. She recently retired from her role as Vice President and Secretary of the Labor Advisory Board, at American Income Life Insurance  Company, a 100% union label company .


Marygrace Depp
Communications Associate

Marygrace Depp is currently studying for her masters in publishing and writing at Emerson College. She has been specializing in Middle English and social media production and press. She worked for her undergraduates green initiative by advocating for a more sustainable campus.


Colton Fagundes
Senior Policy Manager

Colton Fagundes comes from a background in both environmental policy and the natural products industry. He has a Masters of Global Environmental Policy from American University and has worked extensively on issues of sustainability and agricultural policy for multiple organizations. Prior to that, he had been working on and

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Kathleen Hutton
Director, Digital Communications

Kathleen has over 16 years of non-profit experience working for environmental and university institutions. She has held various analytical, technical, and stewardship positions within development, communications, and marketing departments. Before joining ASBC, Kathleen was the Website and Social Media Senior Manager for Manomet


Michael Neuwirth
Chief Communications Officer

Michael leads the offense and the defense of the American Sustainable Business Council in pursuit of reputation excellence for the organization and its members and partners.

Throughout his career he has orchestrated storytelling to shape and grow movements, in corporate governance reform and the rise of awareness and interest in B Corps, and across the food industry, including probiotics, bottled water, plant-based and organic food categories, all of which he helped to become multibillion dollar industries.


Sajni Patel
Policy Intern

Sajni is studying finance and sustainability with a minor in entertainment, media, and technology at NYU Stern School of Business. She has been involved with mental health advocacy. She is interested in sustainable marketing and policy work addressing climate/energy and the circular economy. 


Carolyn Pincus
Director of Strategy

Previous to joining American Sustainable Business Council, Carolyn Pincus was a small business owner with fifteen years in the food and beverage industry. She holds an MBA in Sustainability with a focus on Circular Economy from Bard College, a Certificate in Global Affairs from NYU-SCPS and a BFA from Fordham University/Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with a minor in Political Science. She also has six years’ experience working for non-profits, in the areas of education, arts, community development and social justice.


Devika Rao
Policy Associate

Devika Rao is newly graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Environment and Sustainability. She is passionate about variety of environmental issues, with special focus on climate change and energy. She is particularly interested in engaging with environmental issues through the lens of public policy.


Mary Wynn Ryan
Director of Marketing Communications

Mary Wynn Ryan is a hands-on marketing communications executive and award-winning editor, writer, and creative director with extensive experience in business associations, design/furnishings/building products, real estate/facilities and professional services. She has provided strategic planning, marketing communications and custom editorial for corporate and membership organizations of all sizes.