David Bennett | Board Chair
Founding Partner, Hannover Advisors
David has been working across multiple sectors to support environmental innovation for over 15 years. As an independent consultant, David advises clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies on topics including clean energy, green building technologies and broader corporate sustainability strategy. Prior to launching a consulting practice, David was a Business & Society Program Fellow at the Aspen Institute and worked at Google as the company’s Real Estate Green Team Operations & Innovations Lead where he was responsible for bringing green building practices and next generation technologies into a portfolio that spans more than 40 countries around the globe. Previously, David partnered with NOAA to develop web-based information tools to support the agency’s recovery planning efforts for Northern California’s threatened and endangered salmon species. Additionally, David has worked on sustainability initiatives with Environmental Defense Fund, The Smithsonian Institute, USDA, USGS and the School for Field Studies in Puerto San Carlos, Mexico.
David holds a B.S. in Geographic Information Sciences from James Madison University, an M.A. in International Development & Social Change from Clark University and an MBA in Sustainable Business Management from Presidio Graduate School. David is a LEED AP O+M and holds an Energy Innovation & Emerging Technologies Certificate from Stanford University.
Caitlin Bristol | Board Member
Global Manager, Green, eBay Inc.
A creative strategist focused on the design and development of more sustainable forms of commerce, Caitlin believes you can have your organic cake and eat it too. As eBay Inc.’s Global Manager of Green, she helps to catalyze, incubate and bring to scale new programs and initiatives that enable both business and social value. A couple of the more well-known programs she has helped to develop include partnerships with Patagonia’s Common Threads Initiative and the PGA Trade-In Network. Before joining eBay, she led content and creative for San Francisco-based green media company ecofabulous.com, where she worked on strategic programs and media campaigns with companies such as Intel, Safeway, Method, Levi’s, and Electrolux. When she’s not working towards the seamless integration of sustainability into our everyday lives, Caitlin can be found exploring the San Francisco Bay Area on two wheels.
Maria Catoline | Board Member
Development Director, Youth Outside
For over 12 years, Maria Catoline has raised capital and developed support networks for non-profit organizations, with a focus on human rights, climate change and environmental education. Maria is currently the Development Director at Youth Outside in Oakland, CA. Youth Outside funds projects that increase access to outdoor education for underrepresented youth, and works to build the capacity of emerging professionals in environmental education and outdoor programming, in order to make the field more equitable and culturally relevant.
Previously, as the Development Director at the Alliance for Climate Education, Maria grew the team and infrastructure to raise over $5M to advance ACE’s programs for climate literacy and youth advocacy for climate solutions. Maria has also worked with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Gorilla Organization, the Harvard University Center for Ethics and the Women's Institute for Leadership Development for Human Rights. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Romania. Maria has a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy, Brandeis University. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and their very tubby English lab.
Justina Lai | Treasurer, Finance Chair
Director of Impact Investing, Wetherby Asset Management
Justina is a private equity investor that believes in harnessing the power of capital – and applying the discipline and rigor of conventional investing – to create meaningful social and environmental impact. Justina joined Wetherby Asset management in 2015 where she leads the firm’s impact investment strategy. Prior to Wetherby, she was a Director and Senior Investment Analyst focused on private markets strategies at Sonen Capital, an impact investment management firm. Previously, Justina helped manage the Rockefeller Foundation’s Program Related Investments portfolio comprised of domestic and international impact investments in private equity and private debt. She was also a core member of the Impact Investing team where she advanced and shaped the initiative strategy focused on building the field of impact investing. In addition, she has held positions with Legacy Venture in Palo Alto, CA and Rwanda Ventures, a business incubator launching and operating sustainable agricultural companies in Kigali, Rwanda.
Prior to her career in impact investing, she was an Associate in the New York and Paris offices of Vestar Capital Partners, where she diligenced and executed growth equity and leveraged buyout transactions across the US and Europe. Justina began her career in the sponsor coverage group within Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division in New York. Justina received a BS in Finance and International Business, summa cum laude, from New York University and an MBA with certificates in Public and Global Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Justina is proficient in Cantonese Chinese and Spanish and has lived and worked in Hong Kong, France, the UK and Rwanda.
Heidi Locke Simon | Board Member
Former Partner, Bain & Company
Heidi recently retired as a Partner of Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm where she worked for 20 years. She was a leader of the firm’s performance improvement capability area and managed Bain’s marketing and client development efforts on the West Coast. Prior to joining Bain in 1993, Heidi worked in investment banking for Goldman, Sachs & Company and spent time in brand management with Colgate-Palmolive Company. Heidi earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics and Economics with highest honors from Middlebury College, including course work at the University of Paris. Heidi began volunteering for Turning Green with its first Search for the Cause campaign a decade ago. She has served in numerous roles, including Board Chair for several years.
James Schurz | Legal Advisor
Attorney, Morrison and Foerster
Mr. Schurz’s practice encompasses all manner of commercial transactions and intellectual property matters, including actions for breach of contract and business torts, including unfair competition, fraud, trade libel, products liability, and joint venture/distributor termination. Mr. Schurz has broad experience representing energy companies, resource companies, electronics manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies. He has appeared extensively in courts throughout Northern California, and, in particular, San Francisco Superior Court, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California, and the California Courts of Appeal. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of California, San Francisco, Hastings College of the Law (1998 to present) is the co-author of “How to Choose a Forum that is Right for You” (International Commercial Litigation 2002) and “Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Mechanisms in International Environmental Conventions and Multilateral Trade Agreements,” (United Nations Environmental Programme 1995) and a series of articles for California Law Business, California Real Property Journal, and International Commercial Litigation.