Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Vice President, Innovation Exploration
Mike serves as Vice President for Innovation at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, where he leads efforts to embed sustainability into the company’s product innovation and design processes. In his previous role as Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, Mike established and built its award-winning, internationally-recognized corporate sustainability function by delivering shared value, providing strategic direction and focus for the company’s programs, managing the company’s portfolio of integrated sustainability initiatives, effectively deploying over $49 million globally, and generating increased understanding of and recognition for the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs.
Mike serves on the board of Grounds for Health, an international nonprofit whose mission is to create sustainable and effective cervical cancer prevention and treatment programs in coffee-growing communities, and on the Vermont Council on Rural Development, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Vermonters and Vermont communities develop their capacity to create a prosperous and sustainable future through coordination, collaboration, and the effective use of public and private resources.
Reflecting on being a Fellow, Mike writes that it “helped me to profoundly reconnect with the natural system in which we live and my own potential as a creative being. The result for me has been a deepening experience of a very powerful way of being in the world – a way of being that creates the space for me to show up for life differently, to connect with people differently, to ask different questions, and to generate different responses to the challenges I encounter.” He became a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow in 2005 and an Aspen Institute First Mover Fellow in 2011.
Previously, Mike was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York, NY, making and managing opportunistic investments in distressed financial assets from 2000 to 2004. He earned his JD, cum laude, and Master’s in Business Administration degrees at Georgetown University and his BA in History, magna cum laude, from Boston College.
Michael plays guitar, sings, writes music, snowboards, sails, meditates, gardens, and roots for the New York Yankees. He shares his home with his wife Carmen Negron-Dupee, their son Ezekiel José, Paz (a sweet yellow Labrador retriever), and Sancho (a feisty black Chihuahua).
Mike wrote an article for the Dot Earth section of the New York Times on October 9, 2012 entitled “A Coffee Seller Seeks to Cut Hunger Among Coffee Growers.”
After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffee Lands, produced by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, May 2011
What will you be in 2050?, a collaborative video featuring Fellows’ visions, October 2007
Updated June 2013.
Expertise: Agriculture and Food, Art and Culture, Children and Youth, Climate Change, Families, Forestry, Poverty Eradication, Rural, Social Justice
Sector: Business, Philanthropy
Geography: East, USA, Mexico, North America, United States