Why SLN?

As we confront increasing challenges, we need a diverse and closely aligned global network of sustainability champions who work collaboratively, at high impact, to  bring about a vibrant, just and healthy world.

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Who We Are

Sustainability Leaders Network was founded on the vision that each individual has the opportunity to unfurl their innate talents and passions, and to contribute these gifts in service of global sustainability.

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What We Do

We strive to shift the tide to create a life-sustaining world for all. We believe everyone has the potential to be a leader for sustainability, and each of us has a role to play. Everyone is needed.

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Sustainability Leaders News

Sustainability Leadership & Serenity: The Shared Purpose Quest

At the second Purpose Quest we listened. The three-day retreat was designed to reconnect participants with their deeper motives and renew their leadership for sustainability, climate solutions and social transformation.  The scene was serene and lush, with the stillness of the pond reflecting the peacefulness of the surroundings. The leaders of the retreat Edie Farwell […]

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Join us in Costa Rica to Design Your Vision for This New Year

  Greetings and Happy New Year! The start of a fresh new year fills me with hope, potential for all that can be, and optimism that we can navigate our way through the challenges in front of us. There is so much in our world right now that is inspiring, filled with goodness, and exciting. […]

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Biomimicry for Systems Thinkers: Creating Conditions Conducive to Life

  In the lush rainforest of the Costa Rican jungle, a group of 22 Donella Meadows Fellows, systems thinkers, biomimics, and sustainability champions gathered at Brave Earth (Tierra Valiente) for six days of immersive workshops. Participants brought the teachings of their life experiences to the workshop, and to each other, as we collectively explored Nature’s […]

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One of the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows, Tim Brown, offers the opportunity to offset personal carbon emissions, or purchase carbon offsets to mitigate one-time or annual carbon emissions for families, households, or organizations. Tim’s company, Tradewater, headquartered in Chicago, pursues projects nationally and internationally to find, collect, and destroy refrigerants. Tradewater’s refrigerant projects are conducted pursuant to scientifically reviewed protocols established by the California Air Resources Board, American Carbon Registry, and VERRA, and each project is independently audited to ensure full compliance.

We must realize that when basic needs have been met, human development is primarily about being more, not having more.

—Earth Charter

Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows

We convene and strengthen the impact of a talented network of sustainability champions from around the world who practice environmental, social and economic sustainability from a whole systems approach. Our Fellows are graduates of the Donella Meadows Leadership Fellows Program, and are well versed in the disciplines of systems thinking, organizational learning, reflective conservation, visioning and creative expression.

Terrie Lind

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM)

Associate Vice President of Teen Programs

Sacramento, California

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Elizabeth Soderstrom

The Water Foundation

Strategic Partnerships Officer

Nevada City, California

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Mark Spalding

The Ocean Foundation


Washington, DC

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Sally McGee

The Nature Conservancy

Director, Climate and Strategic Initiatives

Mystic, Connecticut

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Julia Novy

Stanford University

Professor of Practice, Change Leadership for Sustainability Program

Portland, Oregon

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Sudha Soni

The Environment Collaborative (TEC)

Chief Functionary

Alleyppey, Kerala, India

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Abigail Corso

Elevate Energy

Chief Strategy Officer

Chicago, Illinois

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Karabi Acharya

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Director, Global Ideas for US Solutions


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William Young

US Air Force Warfare Center.  

Lieutenant Colonel & Special Advisor to the Commander

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Cynthia Pansing

Berkshire Agricultural Ventures

Executive Director

West Stockbridge, MA

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Michelle Miller

Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems - University of Wisconsin – Madison

Associate Director

Madison, Wisconsin

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Amália Souza

Socio-Environmental Fund - CASA

Co-Founder & Senior Advisor

Cunha, São Paulo, Brazil

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Danielle Hirsch



Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Karin Jakubowski, PhD

Practitioner in Residence

New Haven, Connecticut

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Maria de los Angeles Carvajal (Machángeles)

SuMar, Choices for Nature


Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico

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Matt Roman

Varroc Lighting Corporation

Global Plant Engineering and Construction Manager

Beverly Hills, Michigan

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Nicole Betancourt

Film Producer, Director, and Strategist

New York City, New York

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Kathy Tibbits

Formerly Cherokee Nation

Artist & Attorney

Park Hill, Oklahoma

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Jed Davis

Cabot Creamery Co-operative

Director of Sustainability

Waitsfield, Vermont

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Huma Mustafa Beg

Serendip Productions

Co-Founder and Co-Director

Islamabad, Pakistan

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Virginia Farley

September 8, 1955 - February 24, 2022

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Angela Park



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Susanne Moser

Susanne Moser Research and Consulting

Director and Principal Researcher

Santa Cruz, California

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Elaine Kohrman

USDA Forest Service

Branch Chief Presentations

Washington, DC

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Tim Brown

Tradewater, LLC


Chicago, Illinois

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Rachel Bagby

Advisor & Culture Change Partner

Vocal and Social Artist, Keynote Speaker, Composer

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Catharina Any Sulistyowati

Kuncup Padang Ilalang (KAIL)

Coordinator for Youth Program and Sustainable Community Initiative

Bandung, Indonesia

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Steven Smith

Two Friends Farm

Sole Proprietor

Marshalltown, Iowa

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John Fisk

Henry A. Wallace Center, Winrock International

Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Arlington, Virginia

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Valerie Langer


Consultant, Fiber Solutions Strategist

Vancouver, Canada

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Gabriela Anaya Reyna

Independent consultant

Mexico City, Mexico

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Lynn Stoddard

Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University

Executive Director

Willimantic, Connecticut

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John Mlade

Wight & Company

Senior Project Manager, Sustainable and Healthy Environments

Chicago, Illinois

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Brooke Simler Smith

The Kavli Foundation

Director, Public Engagement with Science

Los Angeles, CA

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Jennifer Mayer

King County Metro

Program Manager, Equity and Social Justice Capital Implementation

Seattle, WA

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Jennifer Fletcher

Trust for Public Land

Program Director

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Dominic Stucker

Collective Leadership Institute

Managing Partner

Monterey, Massachusetts

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Phonchan (Newey) Kraiwatnutsorn

School of Changemakers

Founder and Managing Director

Bangkok, Thailand

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Amba Jamir

The Missing Link (TML-India)

Executive Director

Guwahati, Assam, India

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Ellen Wolfe

Resero Consulting


Granite Bay, California

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Anna Jones-Crabtree

Vilicus Farms

Owner/Farmer, Vilicus Farms & Executive Director, Vilicus Training Institute

Helena, Montana

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Andrea Athanas

African Wildlife Foundation

Europe Director

Gland, Switzerland

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Marcelo Michelsohn

Madron & Michelsohn Consultancy in Organizational Systems

Sustainability Consultant and Process Facilitator

Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Michael Dupee

Global Sustainability and Innovation Executive

Entrepreneur, Educator

Shelburne, Vermont

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Agnieszka Rawa

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

Managing Director

Washington, DC

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Natalie Starr

DSM Environmental Services, Inc.


Windsor, Vermont

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Mary Roscoe

Children in Nature Collaborative


Alameda, California

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Maria Latumahina

Climate Change Unit, UK Department for International Development

Independent Consultant

Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia

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Shanna Ratner

Yellow Wood Associates


St. Albans, Vermont

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Dana Lanza

Confluence Philanthropy

Co Founder, President, and CEO

Pound Ridge, New York

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Michelle Erickson

6 Degrees Health

Software Engineer

Portland, OR

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Trista Patterson

USFS Pacific North West Research Station

Ecological Economist

Sitka, Alaska

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Sarah K Khan


Freelance multimedia journalist, writer, researcher

New York City, New York

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Kristi Kimball

Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation

Executive Director

Bend, Oregon

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Nirmala Nair

School of Practical Sustainability


Cape Town, South Africa

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Tse-Sung Wu

Nektar Therapeutics

Director, Research Program Management

San Francisco, California

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Lena Hansen

Rocky Mountain Institute

Managing Director, China

Beijing, China

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Antoinette Royo

The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility

Executive Director

Stockholm, Sweden

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Laura Freeman

Mt. Folly Farm & Laura’s Lean Beef Company

Founder, Farmer, and Entrepreneur

Winchester, Kentucky and Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

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Josephine Brennan

Sustainable Value Creation Ltd.

Founding Director

East Twickenham, United Kingdom

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Jerry Nagel

Meadowlark Institute

President & Co-Founder

Lake Park, Minnesota

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Christine Negra

Versant Vision LLC


New York City, New York

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María Suárez Toro

CCB Embajadores

CCB Embajadores and NAS 2 student

Manzanillo, Costa Rica

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Christina Page

Climate Interactive

Business Partnerships

Seattle, Washington

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Jennifer Sokolove

Water Foundation

Director of Programs and Strategy

Oakland, California

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Justin Maxson

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Executive Director

Berea, Kentucky

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Dayna Baumeister

Biomimicry 3.8

Keystone and Co-Founder

Bellingham, Washington

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Lorie Loeb

TellEmotion, Inc

Co-Founder and President; DALI Lab, Co-Founder and Executive Director; Dartmouth College, Professor, Director of Digital Arts

Hartland, Vermont

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Michaelyn Bachhuber Baur


Managing Director, Central America and the Caribbean

Burlington, Vermont

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Elizabeth Luc Clowes

Delivering Sustainable Projects from Concept to Construction

Landscape Designer & Owner

Boston, Massachusetts

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Alexandra Bauermeister

Intra Yoga Therapy

Founder of Intra Yoga Therapy

Boston, Massachusetts

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Evelyn Arce

Coastal Escape HMB


Half Moon Bay, California

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Ashley Lanfer

Wellspring Consulting


Boston, Massachusetts

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