The Crane Institute of Sustainability, Board of Directors


Natasha Lamb (Chair)

Managing Partner, Director of Equity Research & Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital

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Robert E. Johnson

Chancellor, UMass Dartmouth

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Bob Litterman

Chairman, Risk Committee and Academic Advisory Board at Kepos Capital LP

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Glen Macdonald

Managing Director, Bronfman Rothschild 

Founder and Advisory Board Chair, Wealth & Giving Forum

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Joanna Olin

Chief of Staff, Smith College

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Anthony Rust

Impact Fund Manager, BEI Business Equity Fund

Chair of the Investment Committee, Warren Wilson College

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Sandra A. Urie

Chairman Emeritus, Cambridge Associates

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Executive Team, Staff & Advisors


Anthony Cortese, Sc.D., President, Crane Institute for Sustainability, and Principal & Senior Fellow, IEN

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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., Executive Director, Crane Institute for Sustainability, and Co-Founder & Principal, IEN

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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. 



Alice DonnaSelva, Principal

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Alice DonnaSelva is a Principal of the Intentional Endowments Network, joining the team in February 2018 after serving on the IEN Steering Committee and Executive Committee for 3 years. As a member of the Executive Committee she provided an investment consultant’s perspective, helped produce the Hampshire College Case Study and spoke at several IEN Forums, events and webinars. Prior to joining IEN, Alice was an investment consultant at Prime Buchholz, an investment consulting firm focused primarily on endowments and foundations that was one of the founding members of IEN. She has 17 years of investment industry experience. Read her full bio here.



Nicole Torrico, Program Manager

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Nicole Torrico is a Program Manager at the Intentional Endowments Network. As Program Manager, Nicole coordinates and curates educational content including the monthly webinar series, weekly news round-up and bi-monthly newsletter; manages working groups on key topics including student-managed investment funds, sustainable investing curriculum, and gender lens investing; and contributes to writing reports and researching topics related to SRI and ESG investing at college and university endowments. Prior to IEN, Nicole worked in the Sustainability Office at Green Mountain College, holding positions including Sustainability Office Manager and Interim Director of Sustainability. Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude from Green Mountain College with a B.A. in Institutional Sustainability and Economic Policy, as well as a B.A. in Renewable Energy and Ecological Design. Read her full bio here. 



Kaede Kawauchi, Program Manager

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Kaede Kawauchi is a Program Manager at the Intentional Endowments Network. Kaede became interested in social investments beyond philanthropic capital for social change through her experience working on international development projects related to education inequality, disaster recovery, and community building. Since then, Kaede has continued to work at the intersection of business and social impact through her involvement with a financial inclusion network, financial technology company, and a microfinance fund. She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. from the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with a focus on Business for Social Impact and Development Economics. Read her full bio here. 



Noreen Marton, Business Manager

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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.


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.



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.



Amrita Sareen, Senior Advisor

Amrita has spent the last few years as a senior reporter at both Institutional Investor and Pageant Media, covering the investment portfolios of foundations, endowments and defined benefit plans. She has actively covered the sustainable investing space and produced number of feature articles and roundtable discussions related to ESG investing. Most recently, she has provided freelance work to CIO magazine and has worked with other media outlets including Forbes and DuJour Magazine. Read her full bio here.



Robert Carraro, Senior Advisor 

Robert Carraro founded Lake Hills Philanthropic Services, LLC ( to help foster and strengthen effective relationships between donors and the worthy organizations working to improve our world. He brings to Lake Hills broad experience with particular expertise in international development, capacity-building, economic opportunity, global health concerns and environmental issues. Read his full bio here.





Cacildia Cain, Intern, Brandeis University ‘18

Cacildia Cain recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis University where she double majored in  Environmental Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. At Brandeis she was a member of the Senate Sustainability Committee and elected the 2016 Student Representative to the Brandeis Sustainability Fund. Cacildia was also an organizer for Brandeis Climate Justice’s fossil fuel divestment campaign. Read her full bio here.


Gregson Curtin, Intern, Bentley University '19

Gregson Curtin is a senior at Bentley University completing a Finance and Environmental Sustainability double major. Gregson joined The Intentional Endowments Network to bring further awareness to socially responsible investing strategies to higher education organizations. Before joining IEN, Gregson worked with Wood Mackenzie's Power and Renewables team focusing on solar and storage market analysis developing business cases for clean energy technology. Read his full bio here.


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