Anthony Cortese, Sc.D., Principal
Dr. Cortese is a principal of the Intentional Endowments Network and President of the Crane Institute of Sustainability. In 1993, he founded Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education, along with U.S. Senator John Kerry, Teresa Heinz Kerry and Bruce Droste. Read his full bio here.
Georges Dyer, M.Sc., Principal
Georges Dyer is a principal of the Intentional Endowments Network and Executive Director of the Crane Institute of Sustainability. For over 20 years he has been engaged in solutions-based, whole-system approaches to sustainability. From 2006-2014, Georges served as a Senior Fellow, Vice President of Programs, Vice President, and Strategic Advisor at Second Nature to develop and support the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) network. Read his full bio here.
The Crane Institute of Sustainability, Board of Directors
Natasha Lamb (Chair), Managing Partner, Director of Equity Research & Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital
Natasha integrates Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors into Arjuna’s investment process while engaging major corporations to improve their performance through shareholder advocacy. Previously, Natasha was Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy and Corporate Engagement, and an Equity Analyst at Trillium Asset Management. Natasha has been profiled in Forbes and the Boston Globe, while her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, as well as on NPR and CNN. In 2016, Natasha received the Upstart Business Journal Upstart 100 Award and the Aiming High Award from Legal Momentum for pioneering a shareholder campaign on gender pay equity. Her 2014 landmark negotiation with Exxon Mobil led to the company’s first public report on global warming and carbon asset risk. Natasha is a trustee of The Food Project and Chairman of the Crane Institute of Sustainability, host to the Intentionally Designed Endowments Network. She teaches sustainable investing at Pinchot University and holds an M.B.A in Sustainable Business from Pinchot. Natasha received her B.A. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.
Archie Kasnet, Vice President of Sustainability, Altenex
Archie uses systems thinking to drive market-based solutions for sustainability. He is an entrepreneur and “doer” integrating cost effective solutions. He is the Vice President of Sustainability at Altenex, LLC, a renewable energy marketplace. Archie wrote a systems perspective position paper on energy security for Vice President Joseph Biden’s presidential bid and was contributing author on Healthy Solutions for the Low Carbon Economy published through Harvard Medical School. He serves on the Young Patrons membership committee for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Trustee of Intentional Endowments Network and is President of StratLeade Sustainability Education. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies from Gettysburg College.
Joanna Olin, Chief of Staff and Counsel, Hampshire College
Joanna serves as Chief of Staff and Counsel at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Hampshire is a private, non-profit college that was launched in 1970 as an experiment in alternative education. It is a member of the Five College Consortium along with Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College and UMass Amherst. Hampshire is a leader in education and practice on sustainability. In 2016 Hampshire opened the R.W. Kern Center, designed to meet the rigorous requirements of the Living Building Challenge. Hampshire is committed to carbon neutrality in campus operations, and in 2011 implemented a comprehensive investment policy incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria to guide the management of its endowment.
Staff and Advisors
Nicole Harman, Program Associate
Nicole Harman is a program associate with the Intentional Endowments Network. Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude from Green Mountain College in May 2016 with a B.A. in Renewable Energy and Ecological Design, as well as a B.A. in Institutional Sustainability and Economic Policy. In her time there she worked in the College’s Sustainability Office, holding positions including Sustainability Office Manager and Interim Director of Sustainability. Read her full bio here.
Charles Sandmel, Senior Fellow
Charles Sandmel became a Senior Fellow at the Intentional Endowments Network to continue his pioneering work in the integration of sustainability and fixed income investing. His current focus is supporting wider bond investment in green infrastructure projects in furtherance of the COP21 goals through the development of ISO-type standards for green bonds. Most recently, Charles worked as a Portfolio Manager at Shelton Capital Management, advancing their green bond strategies. From 1998 to 2014, he was an Investment Advisory Representative of First Affirmative Financial Network, where he managed bond portfolios for individual and institutional clients, integrating client values into investment decisions. Read his full bio here.
Noreen Marton, Business Manager
Noreen is the Business Manager for the Crane Institute/Intentional Endowments Network. She spent many years as a software engineer before moving into business and accounting roles for non-profits. Noreen worked for five years as Director of Operation at Groundwork Lawrence, focusing on environmental, educational, nutritional, and community health improvement programs. Read her full bio here.
Barbara Simonetti, Conversation Architect
Barbara Simonetti is president of Meetings that Matter, a consultancy that specializes in developing the capacity of professionals to create, share, and use knowledge to meet emerging opportunities and challenges. Read her full bio here.
Sonal Mahida, Director
Sonal Mahida is a Director with the Intentional Endowments Network. Sonal comes to IEN with over 15 years of experience in the field. During her career Sonal has worked on ESG investing and sustainability issues at institutional investors, S&P 500, Fortune 500 companies, as well as non-profits. Read her full bio here.
Robert Carraro, Senior Advisor
Robert Carraro founded Lake Hills Philanthropic Services, LLC (www.lakehillsps.com) to help foster and strengthen relationships between donors and the worthy organizations working to improve our world. Prior to launching Lake Hills, Bob served in senior program, marketing and fundraising positions with the Asia Foundation, Carbon Disclosure Project, the Nature Conservancy, TechnoServe, Gilda’s Club Worldwide (now Cancer Support Community) and Dreyfus Health Foundation. Read his full bio here.