Board of Directors

The backgrounds of CELF's Board of Directors span environmental and social sciences, education, marketing, finance, law and publishing. In addition to its Board of Directors and staff, CELF has a Professional Advisory Board, with members chosen based on their knowledge, expertise and experience. We strive to work together as systems thinkers to bring to education the kind of professional development and support necessary for creating critical thinkers and leaders for a sustainable future.

Katie Ginsberg, CELF Founder and Executive Director; Chair Emeritus

Nick Gutfreund, President
Principal, Long Run Media, LLC; Advisory Board Member, Bedford 2020; freelance marketing/ strategic planning and video/sound production on sustainability topics

Jon Jacobs, JD, Treasurer
Criminal Enforcement Counsel - Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington D.C.

Melanie Lester, Secretary
CELF Director of Education, MS Neurological Impairment, Certified Teacher K-Adult; Co-Director Learning Resource Center, The Allen-Stevenson School.

Patti Bressman
CELF Director of Operations, Director of Student Programs

Amory Armstrong
Principal, The Dilenschneider Group; Founding Partner, Armstrong Associates; Board Member, New York School of Interior Design, Greenwich Land Trust, and Greenwich Garden Club. Former: Vice President, Doyle New York, Auctioneers & Appraisers, and Cataloguer, Sotheby’s

Janice Kruger
Sustainability Consultant; Environmental Consultant, Environmental Resources Management; Analyst, Innovest Strategic Value Advisors; UNICEF, Water, Environmental and Sanitation team Consultant

Kim Larson
MA, Science, Technology and Public Policy; Board Member, Rodale Institute; Founding Member, Coalition for Better School Food

Beth Sauerhaft, PhD
Director of Global Environmental Sustainability, PepsiCo; Chairperson, Town of New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board. Former: Deputy to the Agricultural Counselor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Professional Advisory


An Advisory Board consisting of experts representing education institutions, the business community, researchers, and current state and local officials guides CELF’s programs and development. As industry experts, CELF’s Advisory Board informs our approach to our multi- and interdisciplinary programs by providing the most current thinking and resources from across the often interrelated fields of public policy, business and finance, education, engineering, law, marketing, real estate, science, technology and urban planning.

Chris Hall
Mizuho Bank

Jonathan Koch
US Renewables Group

Riva Krut, PhD

Clare McMillan, MEd
Follett Software Co.

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer
New York State

Gail Port, JD
Proskauer Rose, LLP

Rosemarie Truglio, PhD
Sesame Workshop

Thomas Van Demark
Alameda County Safe Transportation



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