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 I. 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 Koch, Treasurer
Co-founder and Managing Director, US Renewables Group. Former: CEO and co-founder, Sundial; COO, Visible Path; Business Development Manager, General Electric Energy; Consultant, Booz, Allen & Hamilton.

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

Philip M. Abelson, JD
Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP, Corporate practice group: Business Solutions, Governance, Restructuring & Bankruptcy group. Phil’s practice focuses on debtors’ and creditors’ rights and corporate restructurings. He also represents asylum and refugee seekers on a pro bono basis.

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

Maureen Brady Atinsky
Founder and Director, Prodigy Recruiting. Member of Development and Public Relations Committee, NY Foundling/Elizabeth Seton Preschool. Sustainer Member, Junior League NYC; PTA Board, PS 6. Former: Director of Recruiting, Hudson Recruiting, and Products Liability Trial Coordinator, Skadden Arps

Jon Jacobs, JD
Partner, Jacobs Stotsky; Consulting Attorney, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Former: Attorney, U.S. EPA/OECA/Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training/Legal Counsel Division , U.S. EPA, Washington D.C.

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

Beth Sauerhaft, PhD
Senior Director of Global Environmental Sustainability, PepsiCo; Deputy to the Counselor of Administration for Agricultural Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; National Ecological Climatologist, US Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service; Former Chairperson, Town of New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board




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

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


Many thanks to Proskauer NYC office for generously hosting the CELF Board of Directors meetings!

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