Serve to Lead® is honored to include the contributions of recognized authorities in the Environmental | Social | Governance space that is so vital to 21st century leadership and management. Several are also engaged in the rising clean tech sector. I’m inspired by the excellence of the work of each of these contributors–and am confident you will be as well.
Michelle De Blasi is is a partner in Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office, practicing in environmental and natural resources law. She advises clients nationally on energy issues, as well as federal and state environmental regulation issues. Ms. De Blasi is also the chair of the Arizona Energy Consortium under the Arizona Technology Council, and is active in many community and industry groups.
Wayne Nastri is a Senior Vice President with mCapitol Management where he co-chairs the firm’s Energy and Environment Practice. He has extensive private and government sector experience, including president and co-founder of Environmental Mediation, Inc, a government relations firm, as well as a member of the Governing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (where he chaired the Technology Committee) and as the Administrator for Region 9 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He is widely recognized for creating public/private partnerships and his policy work in advancing clean air technology, especially in reducing diesel particulate emissions. Mr. Nastri is based in Irvine, California.
Carol Singer Neuvelt is the Executive Director of the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM), the largest professional community for corporate environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability decision-makers. Her long-term perspective and insights about corporate EHS and sustainability best practices have been featured in a variety of publications, including the Chicago Tribune, the Bureau of National Affairs, Environmental Leader, the National Safety Council’s Safety+Health magazine, Sustainable Life Media, EL Insights and NAEM’s Green Tie blog. Prior to joining NAEM, Carol was the Deputy Director for the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Public Liaison, where she managed the agency’s interaction with external stakeholders. She also was responsible for creating and implementing the EPA’s national Pollution Prevention Awards.
Juergen Resch has served as Executive Director of Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. (DUH) since 1986. DUH is the only German environmental organisation that is also a recognized consumer protection NGO entitled to go to court. The organization’s notable accomplishments include: the implementation of diesel particulate filter systems; a deposit system on cans and one-way bottles; the establishment of environmental zones in German cities; and the introduction of reformulated fuels. Since the 1980s, Hr. Resch has played an active role in an alliance composed of middle-sized breweries, mineral water manufacturers, and beverage stores aiming at introducing eco-friendly reusable beverage packaging systems in Germany and Europe. Other important DUH activities include the promotion of renewable energies and energy efficiency. He is founder of the international foundations Euronatur and Global Nature Fund. Since 1999, Hr. Resch has also served as a board member of Oro Verde, an organization for the protection and preservation of rain forests.
Brian Runkel has served as President of Runkel Enterprises, an environmental and green energy consulting firm, since 1993. Mr. Runkel also serves as Executive Director of the California Environmental Business Council, Inc. (CEBC), a non-profit trade and business association representing the California environmental and green energy industries. Mr. Runkel served in Governor Pete Wilson’s Administration from March 1991 to March 1993, as Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). Prior to Cal/EPA, Mr. Runkel was Chief of Staff for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement. He received a B.A. in International Relations from George Washington University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Email: br1027 at aol.com.
Tom Soto is Managing Partner and Co-founder of Craton Equity Partners, an innovative clean technology private equity firm focused on reducing carbon and responding to climate change. He has advised local and national figures from the White House to the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Soto is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and lives in Santa Monica, California.
Environmental | Social | Governance Contributors | Serve to Lead® | James Strock