Names in the News

Green Seal stamps a new CEO; a Whole Foods exec fights food waste

Clockwise from left: Cathy Zoi, EVgo; Walter Robb, FoodMaven; Doug Gatlin, Green Seal; Mike Hower, Carbon Lighthouse; Jacqueline Welch, Freddie Mac.

Sustainability careers are rising like green shoots from the snow. From former EPA officers moving to the private sphere to GreenBiz writers joining energy suppliers, here are some of the most notable developments.

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Who's news

Doug Gatlin, Green Seal

Ecolabel Green Seal has named Doug Gatlin as its chief executive officer, starting this week.

During his 25-year career in sustainability, Gatlin has been vice president of the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED program, having also served as director of LEED for existing buildings and most recently senior vice president for market transformation and development. Between these roles, he was the senior vice president of global service delivery for USGBC sister organization Green Building Certification Institute.

For a decade, Gatlin was team lead for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He helped spearhead and develop both the USGBC's LEED and the EPA's Energy Star certification programs.

Cathy Zoi, EVgo

Energy industry executive Catherine Zoi is now chief executive officer of EVgo, a public charging network for electric vehicles (EVs).

Before this, she was president and co-founder of distributed generation software company Odyssey Energy and the founding CEO of SunEdison's rural electrification company, Frontier Power.

Zoi worked with the U.S. government as assistant secretary at the Department of Energy, overseeing more than $30 billion in energy investments. Before that, she was chief of staff in the White House Office on Environmental Policy during the Clinton administration. She is the founding chief executive officer of the Alliance for Climate Protection, established by former Vice President Al Gore, and as former EPA manager helped establish Energy Star.  

As an energy equity expert, Zoi was an investor at Silver Lake and Bayard Capital; a board member and management consultant for several renewable energy companies; and a Stanford University professor.

Walter Robb, FoodMaven

Walter Robb, former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, took on the title there of director and joined the board of food waste solutions startup FoodMaven in November.

FoodMaven, which opened in 2016, is an online marketplace that buys oversupplied food and sells it at half-price to restaurants and commercial kitchens. It diverted more than 800,000 pounds of food from landfills in 2016.

Robb always was interested in sustainable agriculture and food, having launched a health food store in Trinity County, California and managing a natural foods chain in the Bay Area before joining Whole Foods Market in 1991, where he held roles as executive vice president of operations and chief operating officer.

Melissa Lavinson, Pepco

The Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), a public utility, appointed Melissa Lavinson as senior vice president for government and external affairs. She replaces retiring Ken Parker. 

Lavinson most recently served as vice president of federal affairs and chief sustainability officer for PG&E, leading its federal affairs office and engaging the administration on tax, energy and environmental issues. In her new role, she will design Pepco's stakeholder relations and build relationships with state and local officials, communities, businesses and consumer and non-profit groups in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. 

She also has worked wtih MRW and Associates and is a board member of the Alliance to Save Energy, Climate Action Reserve, the Women's Energy Resource Council and more. 

Michael Gibb, Fidelity International

Fidelity International, the international investment subsidiary of U.S. asset manager Fidelity, appointed Michael Gibb as its first head of stewardship and sustainable investing.

Gibb will oversee Fidelity's strategy and policies on environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration, strategy and policies on engagement, and handle the firm's $100 billion strategy and ESG policies. He recently received an ESG-focused MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School, and previously worked in asset management at Martin Currie Investment Management, Credit Suisse and Gartmore Investment Managers.

Jacqueline M. Welch, Freddie Mac

Jacqueline M. Welch was promoted to chief diversity officer and head of human resources, diversity and inclusion at Freddie Mac. She will be a member of the company's senior operating committee, leading the government enterprise's diversity and inclusion strategy for its workforce and supplier diversity programs.

Welch was previously senior vice president of human resources at Turner Broadcasting, and joined Freddie Mac in December with more than two decades of human resources experience at manufacturing company Rock-Tenn, Accenture and Towers Prinn. She holds a master's degree from the New School.

On the move

Emma Stewart is director of urban efficiency and climate at World Resources Institute's (WRI) Center for Sustainable Cities. She joins from Autocase, where she served as chief business development officer. Stewart holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

—  Former GreenBiz Senior Writer Mike Hower is the new marketing communications manager for Carbon Lighthouse. He was previously on Edelman's Business + Social Purpose team.

— Closed Loop Partners appointed Grant Collins as vice president of Closed Loop Oceans, its fund to prevent marine plastic waste. Collins joins the initiative from Charlotte Square Consulting.

Karenna Gore, director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary (and daughter of Al), is among the five new directors of Riverkeeper, New York's clean water advocacy group.

— Tesla’s Corporate Treasurer and Vice President of Finance, Susan Repo, is joining Call2Recycle’s board of directors. 

Aaron Tilley, once a GreenBiz intern, is a hardware reporter for the Information. Previously, he was a technology reporter at Forbes.