Jeremy Kranowitz is Executive Director of Sustainable America, implementing its strategic plan to raise consumer awareness around sustainable food and fuel issues, and to support entrepreneurs working on these issues to make our nation more efficient, resilient and sustainable. Prior to Sustainable America, Jeremy worked for a decade at The Keystone Center on the nation’s toughest energy and environmental issues as a mediator, facilitator, and educator. Jeremy worked for the Izaak Walton League on a clean air campaign on behalf of hunters and fishers, and helped launch Forest Trends, an international sustainable forestry non-profit. He also worked for five years at McKinsey & Co in its environment practice, working with Fortune 500 companies. He has an MS in Environmental Science and BA in Social Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and an MPA in Environmental Policy from New York University.
CHIEF OF DEVELOPMENT, MARKETING, AND STRATEGY
Liz Sheppard has over 25 years of corporate and nonprofit experience in marketing, fundraising, and communications. Prior to joining Sustainable America, Liz worked for Wholesome Wave, a healthy and affordable food-access organization, and at Orbis International, where she was responsible for millions of dollars in cash and in-kind donations. Liz received her BA from the University of Virginia in English literature and political thought. She envisions a day when food and fuel waste are a distant memory for all Americans.
Director of Programs
Katrina Kazda is Director of Programs at Sustainable America, working to expand the organization’s food and fuel programming regionally and nationally. Prior to joining Sustainable America, Katrina served as Managing Director at the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, a Boston based non-profit with the mission to build economies that are local, green and fair. Earlier, she worked on a variety of international development initiatives including the development of the Asian University for Women, a new regional university for women based in Chittagong, Bangladesh—planned as a model of sustainable development in the region—and more recently, the Lighting a Billion Lives campaign- a rural solar lighting program led by The Energy and Resources Institute based in New Delhi, India. Katrina received her B.A. in Visual Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University.
Director of Events
Heide brings more than 20 years of experience to Sustainable America in marketing, program management and event planning in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As director of marketing at Franklin Learning Systems, Heide spent eight years coordinating skills-training programs and the implementation of curricula for various groups including school districts, foundations, and correctional institutions. While president of the Norfield Children’s Center in Weston, Conn., Heide expanded after-school programming and restructured and expanded the nursery school programs. Heide coordinated fundraisers and events at Norfield, as well as at her most recent position at Dispute Settlement Center, a Connecticut non-profit focused on alternative dispute resolution and mediation. Heide was a National Merit Scholarship finalist and attended the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association, where she volunteers at events to support Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut.
Katy Franklin comes to Sustainable America with more than eight years of experience in office management and bookkeeping. Prior to joining Sustainable America, Katy worked for a CPA firm and a commercial real estate developer. Katy held a marketing position with a local coffee exporter while studying abroad in Rwanda as a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar. Katy received her B.A. in political science from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. In her role as Director of Social Enrichment for Zeta Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi, she coordinated events and served on her chapter’s Executive Council.
INVESTMENT COMMITTEE MEMBER
David Brentlinger has served on various investment committees for the past 15 years. From 2001 until 2010, he was an investment committee member and senior vice president for Weyerhaeuser Realty Investors specializing in equity and mezzanine debt. From 2010 to 2015, David served as executive director of New Forests, Inc., a fund manager of environmentally based investments in sustainable forestry, California forest carbon credits, and mitigation banks for wetlands and streams.
David is currently director of business development for the Stillaguamish Tribe in Washington State where he seeks out new businesses for the tribe to start and operate for the benefit of its members. David was named to the advisory committee for Washington Coast Works, which is dedicated to encouraging innovative startups in timber and tribal communities. He has also served as a judge for business competitions for startup social impact ventures. David has master’s degrees from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University. He lives in San Francisco.
INVESTMENT COMMITTEE MEMBER
John Cingari has extensive operational experience working with venture-backed organizations. John’s operational experience is at the executive level running marketing organizations at companies in various stages of development. He has been involved in two IPOs and five acquisitions and has worked with large venture capital firms, including NEA, North Bridge Venture Partners, and Venrock. More notable companies grew from $10-$200 million in four years along with an IPO. Another company grew from $10-$50 million in revenue in three years, had an IPO, and was acquired by Oracle.
John is also very familiar with transportation, having spent over 15 years as a subject-matter expert in the ERP and supply chain management application software industry. He has an MBA from the University of Dallas and a BS from Boston College in chemistry/education.
INVESTMENT COMMITTEE MEMBER
Deirdre Segerson has more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate finance, spending the majority of her career at GE Capital Real Estate. She has held a variety of roles in strategic marketing, business development, Six Sigma, and finance. Her last position was vice president of sustainability for the North American division of GERE where she led the sustainability efforts and identified opportunities to drive energy efficiency, reduce operating costs, and maximize asset valuations across the $10 billion equity portfolio. Deirdre earned a BS from Marymount College and is an alumnus of GE’s Financial Management Training Program and a Certified SCORE mentor.