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Laury Hammel, Executive Director, SBN
Laury founded the Sustainable Business Network (originally the Responsible Business Alliance) in 1988, and has been leading the sustainable business movement in Massachusetts ever since. He is the owner and president of The Longfellow Clubs – a group of health and recreation clubs in the Greater Boston area- considered to be among the greenest health clubs in the U.S. Laury has been the Executive Director of SBN since 2008 and provides overall leadership and visioning for the organization and its programs. Laury has been instrumental in founding numerous additional regional and national networks including Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).
Katrina Kazda, Managing Director, SBN
Katrina received her Bachelors degree in Visual Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University in 2010. Prior to joining SBN she worked on a variety of international development initiatives, including the Lighting a Billion Lives campaign – a rural solar lighting program led by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) based in New Delhi, India. Katrina was the first ever recipient of the Maynard Town Committee’s “Think Globally, Act Locally” Award (2009) for voluntarily undertaking a municipal energy audit for the Town of Maynard. Katrina is a member of the board of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) and of theMOVE (The Massachusetts Outdoor Volunteer Experience). Katrina is also an active volunteer in numerous local food and sustainability organizations around Greater Boston. Katrina has been with SBN since October 2010.
Juan Sanchez, Program Coordinator, SBN
Juan received his Bachelors degree in Natural Resources Management from UNED University in Costa Rica and his Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from Tufts University. Prior to joining SBN, Juan worked as a high school teacher both in Costa Rica and in the Greater Boston Area for more than ten years where he focused on language and environmental education. While working at the Cambridge School of Weston, an independent school in Weston, MA, Juan developed and directed an environmental study abroad program that focused on sustainable development in Latin America. More recently Juan served as Program Supervisor for the City of Cambridge Team Green Sense Sustainability Summer Program managed by the Department of Public Works. In the year 2000, Juan was recognized as one of the most promising young environmentalist at the World Expo in Hannover, Germany, where he represented Central America and Columbia University at the “Natural Resources and Sustainability Challenge” Symposium. Juan is a member of the board of Groundwork Somerville and a member of USGBC Green Schools. He is fluent in Spanish and is proud to bike to work most days of the week.
Sarah Weinstein, SBN Fall Intern, Fundraising & Development and SBLP
Sarah graduated in May 2012 from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmnetal Studies and Philosophy. At Gettysburg College she helped to write the first Sustainability Proposal for the college which outlined long-term goals and strategic plans to further the college’s sustainability efforts. As a long time camp counselor in the Berkshires, she is passionate about the environment and loves being outdoors!