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A list of speakers appearing at the Ceres Conference.
Amy Augustine

Amy Augustine

Senior Program Director, Corporate Program, Ceres

Amy is a Senior Program Director in the Corporate Program, advising Ceres member companies on sustainability strategy, reporting, and stakeholder engagement. With more than 12 years of experience in sustainability, Amy works directly with company leadership to strengthen and implement environmental, social, and governance (ESG) business strategies and advance performance, directly engaging companies in the apparel, food & beverage, healthcare, media, and transportation sectors.

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Michelle Banks

Michelle Banks

EVP, Global Sustainability, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, Gap Inc.

Michelle Banks is Executive Vice President, Global Sustainability, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Gap Inc. (Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix). She reports to the Chief Executive Officer and is a member of Gap Inc.’s Leadership Team. Michelle currently oversees the Company’s equity administration; foundation; legal; privacy; and sustainability functions.

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Brooke Barton

Brooke Barton

Senior Program Director, Water Program, Ceres

Brooke leads Ceres’ water program, directing the organization’s research and corporate and investor engagement on the risks and opportunities related to growing water scarcity. She is the co-author of The Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Risk Management and author of the 2010 Ceres study with Bloomberg and UBS looking at corporate water disclosure, Murky Waters: Corporate Reporting on Water Risk. Brooke also works with Ceres company members in the food and beverage sector, advising them on sustainability strategy and reporting, and coordinating dialogues between companies and their investor, NGO and labor union stakeholders.

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Marisa Buchanan

Marisa Buchanan

Vice President, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

As a Vice President in the Sustainable Finance group, Marisa plays an integral role in the team’s efforts to develop environmental guidance for the business, engage with clients to manage environmental and social risks and strengthen performance, identify and develop environmentally-focused opportunities, and maintain dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders. She also manages sustainability reporting efforts for the firm.

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David Crane

David Crane

President and Chief Executive Officer, NRG Energy

David has been the President and CEO of NRG Energy since December 2003. Under his leadership, NRG has become a Fortune 250 company with enough generating capacity to power 42 million homes through one of the nation’s largest and most diverse power portfolios. In addition to maximizing the safety and operational performance of its conventional and renewable assets, NRG also is playing a key role in developing the next generation of clean energy technologies that will lead to a low-carbon future.

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Mark Fulton

Mark Fulton

Founding Partner, Energy Transition Advisors, Senior Fellow, Ceres

Mark Fulton has had 35 years experience in financial markets spanning three continents in London, New York and Sydney. As a recognized economist and market strategist at leading financial institutions including Citigroup , Salomon Bros and County Natwest. he has researched international economies, currencies, fixed income and equity markets. Mark has also held corporate strategy, finance and management roles.

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Rodney Irwin

Managing Director Redefining Value & Education, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Dr. Rodney Irwin is the Managing Director of Redefining Value and Education at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva. In this role, Rodney is responsible for a portfolio of projects designed to advance the measurement and valuation of externalities to take sustainable development into the mainstream reporting of an organization. He is the link between WBCSD members and standard / regulation setters and he is leading projects in risk management, integrated and mandatory reporting and is developing education programs designed for senior finance staff. Rodney has been a guest lecturer at Yale University, Cambridge University, University of Geneva and Rotterdam School of Management.

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Jonas Kron

Jonas Kron

Senior Vice President, Director of Shareholder Advocacy, Trillium Asset Management, LLC

Jonas Kron is a senior vice president and Trillium’s Director of Shareholder Advocacy. With over fifteen years of experience in shareholder advocacy, Jonas is responsible for leading and coordinating Trillium’s extensive advocacy program, which works to engage companies on their environmental and social performance. His advocacy work includes direct communications with company leadership, investor education and awareness, shareholder proposals, and public policy advocacy at the municipal, state and federal levels.

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Natasha Lamb

Natasha Lamb

Director of Equity Research & Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital

Natasha Lamb is the Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement and a portfolio manager at Arjuna Capital. Specializing in the integration of sustainability and shareholder value creation, Natasha integrates Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) factors into fundamental investment decisions, engaging corporate leadership to improve performance through shareholder proposals, dialog, and public policy.

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Sharlene Leurig

Sharlene Leurig

Director, Water Program, Ceres

Sharlene directs the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Program at Ceres, a national nonprofit helping institutional investors to integrate sustainability into the capital markets. With Ceres, she works with water service providers to build business models that are resilient to weather extremes, climate change and resource depletion.

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Andrew Logan

Andrew Logan

Director, Oil & Gas, Ceres

Since joining Ceres in 2002, Andrew has launched and directed Ceres' Oil & Gas Program, working with investors to engage the oil sector on key sustainability issues including climate change, carbon asset risk, biodiversity and water. 

Andrew has a background in corporate strategy from his work with Bain & Company, a leading management consultancy. While with Bain, Andrew developed high-level strategy for companies in the finance, e-commerce, manufacturing, retail and media sectors.

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Mindy Lubber

Mindy Lubber

President, Ceres; Director, Investor Network on Climate Risk

Mindy S. Lubber is the president of Ceres and a founding board member of the organization. She also directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of 100 institutional investors managing nearly $10 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change.

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Ellen MacArthur, DBE

Ellen MacArthur, DBE

Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Dame Ellen MacArthur first hit the headlines in 2001 when she raced single-handedly non-stop around the world in the Vendée Globe when only 24 years old. After her successful run in the monohull Open 60 class, Ellen turned her attention to the multihull circuit leading to her departure from Falmouth, UK in 2004 on board the 75ft trimaran B&Q... she returned 71 days later, having sailed over 26,000 miles to become the fastest person to circumnavigate the globe single-handed. She was knighted by the Queen in 2005 and has received the Legion d'Honneur from French President, Nicolas Sarkozy.

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J. Miles Reiter

J. Miles Reiter

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Driscoll’s

J. Miles Reiter is the CEO and Chairman of Driscoll’s. He is a fourth-generation California farmer. His family has specialized in berries for over one hundred years. Miles and his brother, Garland, continue to farm through their family business, Reiter Affiliated Companies, with strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry production in California, Florida, and Mexico.

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Tracey Rembert

Tracey Rembert

Senior Manager, Investor Engagement, Ceres

Tracey is the Senior Manager for Investor Engagement at Ceres, and is responsible for network-building within INCR. She works closely with pension funds, foundations and endowments, union funds, asset managers, and sustainable investment funds to improve their investment practices on climate and sustainability issues, and to help investors better promote ESG practices at global corporations through shareholder engagement, regulatory advocacy, and strategic joint initiatives.

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Laura Rubbo

Laura Rubbo

Director, International Labor Standards, The Walt Disney Company

Laura Chapman Rubbo has twenty years of experience in corporate social responsibility, business and human rights, and international labor standards. Laura is Director, International Labor Standards at The Walt Disney Company. Disney’s International Labor Standards program seeks to foster safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces wherever Disney-branded products are made. Laura plays a key leadership role at Disney in managing strategy, policy and programs for Disney’s global supply chain labor standards program. Among her specific responsibilities, she leads the global factory monitoring program, external stakeholder engagement and communications, industry collaboration, supply chain philanthropic investments, risk assessment, research, and training. She also co-led the creation of Disney’s human rights policy.

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Susan Sayers

Susan Sayers

Chief Development Officer, Ceres

Susan Sayers joined Ceres in August 2012 as the organization’s first Chief Development Officer. In this capacity, she oversees resource development activities at Ceres, including individual giving, grants from foundations and corporations, and government funding.

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Alicia Seiger

Alicia Seiger

Deputy Director, Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance

As Deputy Director of the Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance, Alicia manages the center’s research, programming, operations, and market engagement. Alicia also leads the center’s work to identify opportunities for philanthropic and long-term investors to fill financing gaps to scale up clean energy.

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Anne Simpson

Anne Simpson

Director of Global Governance, California Public Employees’ Retirement System

nne Simpson is Senior Portfolio Manager, Investments and Director of Global Governance. She oversees CalPERS Focus List of shareholder engagement with companies, global proxy voting, legal and regulatory reform agenda and CalPERS strategy on sustainable investment to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) across the total fund. Anne sits on the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, and she was a Senior Faculty Fellow and Lecturer at the Yale School of Management.

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Anne Stausboll

Anne Stausboll

Chief Executive Officer, California Public Employees’ Retirement System

Anne Stausboll became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System in January 2009. She is the eighth CEO and first woman to head the Pension Fund. Anne oversees approximately 3,100 employees and an annual budget of $1.8 billion.

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