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The day-to-day activities and primary oversight for GISR are directed by the Secretariat comprising, as of June 2012:

Allen White
Allen White – GISR Founder, Steering Committee Co-Chair and Director of Technical Programs

Dr. Allen L. White is responsible for overseeing GISR’s technical program, including efforts to develop a beta and Version 1.0 of the ratings standard. Allen is the Co-Founder and former CEO for the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He serves as Vice President and Senior Fellow for Tellus Institute, a Boston-based think tank founded in 1976 providing research and action for a global civilization of sustainability, equity, and well-being.

Allen is Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute in Boston, MA, and directs the institute’s Program on Corporate Redesign. In 1997, he co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative ( and served as its Acting CEO until 2002. In 2004, he co-founded and is now Director of Corporation 2020 (, an initiative focused on designing future corporations to create and sustain social mission.

For his expertise in sustainability strategy, policy, tools and standards, Dr. White has been engaged by: multilateral organizations such as the World Bank and Inter-American Development bank; foundations such as the Pew Charitable Trusts and the UN Foundation; numerous Fortune 500 companies; US EPA; and NGOs such as Oxfam and People4Earth. Dr. White has held faculty and research positions at the University of Connecticut, Clark University and Battelle Laboratories, and is a former Fulbright Scholar in Peru. He was Founding Chair of GAN-Net/iScale and has served on boards, advisory groups and committees of the International Corporate Governance Network, Civic Capital, Instituto Ethos (Brazil), the New Economy Network, New Earth/Earthster, and the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the JFK School, Harvard University.

Since 2005, Dr. White has served as Senior Advisor to Business for Social Responsibility and to CERES as a principal architect of the first standardized environmental reporting framework in the years following launch of the organization in 1990. He is co-author of Corporate Environmentalism in a Global Economy and has published and spoken widely on corporate design, sustainability, accountability and governance.

Mindy Lubber
Mindy Lubber – Steering Committee Co-Chair

Mindy S. Lubber serves as the Co-Chair of GISR’s Steering Committee (SC) and is actively involved in program development activities and governance decisions. Mindy serves as the CEO and President of Ceres and Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR).

Mindy is the president of Ceres and a founding board member of the organization. She also directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a group of 100 institutional investors managing nearly $10 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change.

Under Mindy’s leadership, Ceres launched The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, a visionary practical guide highlighting environmental and social performance improvements companies and investors must achieve to succeed in the resource-constrained 21st century global economy. She also helps coordinate Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of more than 20 leading consumer brand companies advocating for strong climate and clean energy policies in the U.S. and abroad.

Mindy regularly speaks about corporate and investor sustainability issues to high-level leaders at the New York Stock Exchange, United Nations, World Economic Forum, Clinton Global Initiative, American Accounting Association, American Bar Association and more than 100 Fortune 500 firms. She has led negotiating teams of investors, NGOs and Fortune 500 company CEOs who have taken far-reaching positions on corporate practices to minimize carbon emissions, water use and other environmental impacts. She has briefed powerful corporate boards, from Nike to American Electric Power, on how climate change affects shareholder value. She is also a sustainability thought leader and regularly blogs for Huffington Post and Forbes.

In 2010, Mindy was honored by the United Nations and the Foundation for Social Change as one of the “World’s Top Leaders of Change” for her work in mobilizing leading companies to integrate environmental challenges into core business strategies. She is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance” by Directorship magazine.

Prior to Ceres, Mindy held various leadership positions in government, financial services and the not-for-profit sector. Mindy joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1995 as a senior policy advisor and was named regional administrator under President Bill Clinton in 2000. As regional administrator, she was responsible for the administration and management of the EPA’s New England Regional Office and its then $450 million annual budget. Additional key priorities in her role included organizing aggressive cleanups of hazardous waste sites with a goal of redevelopment, new jobs and urban revitalization as well as ensuring the long-term protection of drinking water supplies.
Mindy was the founder, president and CEO of Green Century Capital Management, a family of environmentally responsible mutual funds. She also served as president of the National Environmental Law Center.

Mindy holds a Master’s in Business Administration from SUNY Buffalo and earned her law degree from Suffolk University. She resides in Brookline, Mass., with her husband and two children.

Lance Pierce
Lance Pierce – Program and Business Development Advisor

Lance is Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of Ceres, overseeing programs, operations and strategic planning. He previously served with the Union of Concerned Scientists as Director of the Climate & Energy Program, UCS’s largest program, and Harvard Business School where he was Project Director in the launch of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative.

Pierce has worked in the private, public, and non-profit sectors with much of his professional background focusing on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR). In CSR, he has worked with AFP, the world’s third largest news agency, the World Bank, and served as Director, Corporate Issues Management for Fortune 20 food and consumer goods holding company, Altria Group. As a corporate consultant prior, he worked with some of the world’s leading companies in investment banking, real estate, media and U.S. government agencies. Pierce began his career in sustainable development, having been principal of a consultancy working with United Nations agencies and leading international development NGOs, and serving in the Peace Corps.

Pierce currently sits on the board of The Nyanya Project, an organization supporting African grandmothers caring for their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren. His credits include co-authorship of Harvard Business School cases with leading HBS faculty on corporate sustainability and leadership transition, producing documentaries for public television, and he has been quoted in The New York Times, Reuters, International Herald Tribune and other major media outlets. He holds an MA in Anthropology from New York University and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mark Tulay – Program Manager

Mark serves as Program Manager for GISR where he manages the day-to-day activities, outreach efforts and organizational development activities. Mark was one of the first full-time employee of Ceres and has worked in leadership positions – including Greenpeace and the Nature Conservancy — in the sustainability movement. Mark also directed business development and research activities for RiskMetrics (now MSCI).

Mark has served in leadership roles in sustainability initiatives for over 20 years. As Program Director and the first employee of Ceres, he was involved in the early stages of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He also worked at the Nature Conservancy, where, as Development Director, he managed a $60 million capital campaign – an unprecedented amount raised for biodiversity conservation in Massachusetts. He served as a research and business development advisor to Greenpeace and several sustainability research providers, including Citizens Funds and KLD. He was the Head of Sustainability Business and Research for RiskMetrics (now MSCI), Institutional Shareholder Services, and IRRC, where he managed the sustainability research, ratings and business development efforts.

Mark is a frequent speaker on ESG issues and has written extensively on the investor response to the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. His coverage on sustainability issues includes Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, Business Ethics,, Sea Change Radio, NPR, and other local and national sustainability journals. He is currently writing a white paper on Sustainability Ratings 2.0: The Transition to Sustainable Markets.

Mark holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

Gordon MacFarland
Gordon MacFarland – Financial Manager

Gordon MacFarland is the Chief Financial Officer for Ceres and provides financial oversight and support including managing GISR’s cash flow, providing input into resource management and business model development activities, and preparing GISR budget materials.

Gordon joined Ceres in 2007. He supports the President, Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer and program directors in developing and implementing strategic and operating financial plans and oversees the finance and operations team. He is a certified management accountant and practiced as a CPA for over 15 years with both international accounting firms and his own practice. Gordon was executive director of the Vermont Economic Progress Council and held management roles with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and the SmartWood Program of the Rainforest Alliance. Before joining Ceres, he served as CFO for two renewable energy companies.

Gordon has a MPA in environmental policy from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in accounting from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree from Miami University (Ohio). He serves on the board of The Food Project. Gordon’s interests include distance running and he is co-founder of the Vermont City Marathon.

Betsy Yoshimura
Betsy Yoshimura – Technical Coordinator

Betsy coordinates GISR technical programs, including providing technical support for the GISR ratings registry program and support for the standard development process.

Prior to joining the GISR program, Betsy worked in the insurance industry for eight years, underwriting lawyers’ professional liability insurance on behalf of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, both with ProAccess, LLC in New Jersey and with Fireman’s Fund in New York and Boston. She pursued her MBA while working full-time, and was awarded her degree from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management in 2011. Her graduate studies piqued her interest in a career in corporate social responsibility, leading her to join Ceres and GISR in March of 2012.

Though born in the United States, Betsy grew up in Tokyo, where she lived for ten years. She has traveled extensively, and spent a year living in Trieste, Italy after earning her BA in English from Boston University. She remains conversational in Japanese, Italian and Spanish, and continues to enjoy studying foreign languages.

Mark Bateman
Mark Bateman – Technical Programs Advisor/Consultant

Mark Bateman founded Segue Point as a consultancy to focus on leveraging social, environmental, and governance concepts for new investment assets and into new products and services. He also serves on the Board of the Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2), a social proxy research firm. Mark has consulted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, World Resources Institute, Global Reporting Initiative, Ceres, Aperio Group, Calvert Group Mutual Funds, and others.

Mark previously served as the Director of Research for IW Financial (IWF), a leading provider of value-added environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research where he founded the research department. Earlier in his career, Mark served in a range of positions at the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) in Washington, DC, including Vice President of Research and Operations. He also served on the original Steering Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative helping to develop the current standard sustainability reporting framework for companies. Before joining the ESG investing industry, Mark served on the legislative staff of Senator Mark O. Hatfield from Oregon.

Mark’s chapter, “A scenarios approach to developing ecosystem management strategies” was included in the 2008 publication of Policies for Sustainable Governance of Global Ecosystem Services, edited by Janet Ranganathan (of the World Resources Institute), et al. Mark also co-authored “The Road Not Yet Taken: The State of U.S. Corporate Environmental Policy and Management” (2009) and “Governance and Environmental Management Strength (GEMS) Rating” (2010). He also co-authored “Finding Common Ground on Metrics that Matter” (2012) put out by the IRRC Institute.

Bateman holds a BA from The Johns Hopkins University and an MA from George Washington University.

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