Names in the News

Uber's first chief diversity officer; Arup expands water leadership

Clockwise from left: Bo Young Lee, Uber; Jasmin Moore, Lawrence-Douglas County; T.J. Rodgers, Waterbit; Sheba Hafiz, Arup; Dave Johnson, SERA.

February is heating up with sustainability hires.

These major career happenings include ride-sharing giant Uber bringing on its first chief diversity officer, and a county in Kansas taking the lead on environmental efficiency and equity.

Do you know someone who is moving up in the sustainability sphere? E-mail us at [email protected].

Who's news

Bo Young Lee, Uber

Uber is enlisting its first chief diversity officer, Bo Young Lee, who will start her new role in March. The hire follows recommendations made last year by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to elevate the ride-sharing giant's diversity initiatives after a series of controversies surrounding its corporate culture.

Lee, head of global diversity and inclusion (D&I) at Marsh & McLennan, will oversee diversity hiring, trainings and creating relationships with the recipients of Uber's $3 million diversity fund, according to email correspondence between Uber and Fortune. She will report to Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey.

Lee holds an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business and began her D&I career as the inclusion and flexibility director at Ernst & Young, later working at Aon Hewitt and at Diversity Best Practices, a corporate D&I membership organization.

Sheba Hafiz, Arup

Professional engineer Sheba Hafiz has joined Arup, a building design and consulting firm, as West Coast water leader. She will focus on client support for the firm's portfolio of water projects west of the Rocky Mountains.

Hafiz has 20 years of experience in design planning, program, project and construction management as well as in design and facility operations in the water sector. Her work spans the Western United States, including California, Arizona, Hawaii and Washington, helping clients with the design process from early planning stages to construction, training, asset management and operations.

She holds a BS in civil engineering from Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi and an M.S. in environmental engineering from Arizona State University.

T.J. Rodgers, Waterbit

Serial entrepreneur T.J. Rodgers is chairman of the board of WaterBit, a technology company that uses solar-powered sensors to detect water irrigation needs in agricultural sites to meet conservation goals.

This move integrates Rodgers' career in Silicon Valley with the water sector. He co-founded Cypress Semiconductor in 1982, serving as CEO for 34 years before stepping down in 2016.

He is also the former chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association and of SunPower Corporation. Besides being a scientist and inventor, Rodgers is also a vintner.

Louise Kjellerup Roper, Volans

Sustainability market analysis organization Volans has added Executive Director Louise Roper. Previously, she was the director of Ripplemaking, a consultancy she founded that helps companies realize social and environmental benefits along with profit.

Roper has helped launch and grow the U.K. and European arm of gDiapers, an environmentally friendly B Corporation for infant care. Before that, she was the European marketing director of method products, helping bring the method brand to the U.K. and Europe. She also has worked with mobile services firm FreeMove Alliance, Check Point Software Technologies, Hill & Knowlton U.K. and Brinkmann Kommunikation.

Roper brings along Flossie, Volans' new canine "chief happiness officer."

Thomas Odenwald, Pix4D

Thomas Odenwald is regional managing director of the North American team of PIX4D, a company specializing in drone software, photogrammetry and 3D modeling based on drone data.

PIX4D has used its mapping software for sustainable agriculture practices, including field management of organic farms in the Netherlands, preventing soil erosion from crop plantations in the Philippines and image-mapping sequoia trees in California.

Recently, Odenwald was executive vice president for sales and marketing at SupplyShift, an online software company working to de-risk supply chains. Previously, he was chief strategist and senior vice president and innovation at SAP. He is known as an expert in enterprise software and the internet of things.

Jasmin Moore, Lawrence-Douglas County

Lawrence-Douglas County in Kansas has brought on Jasmin Moore as sustainability director, leading city and county initiatives in energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste reduction, recycling and local food promotion. The county encompasses Lawrence, a city with about 95,000 residents.

For the past five years, Moore served as sustainability program manager at Johnson County, where she oversaw the management of resources and energy efficiency in public housing.

Last year, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network asked Moore to help to design a fellowship that brings people of color into sustainability careers.

Dave Johnson, SERA

Sustainable design firm SERA Architects added Dave Johnson as a principal, where he will manage its presence in the Bay Area. The employee-owned firm designs environments that support human health and well-being, aiming for resilience and sustainable urbanism.

For the past 12 years, Johnson has worked with design legend William McDonough. Most recently, Johnson was partner and managing director with William McDonough + Partners, collaborating with clients and consultants around the world to integrate Cradle to Cradle design.

On the move

Lois Guthrie is stepping down from her role as founding director at CDSB. She will be taking on a new role with the WBCSD. She departs after 10 years at the organization, where she contributed to the Climate Change Reporting Framework among CDSB's other sustainability reporting projects.

Josh Chaitin is leading the new Seattle office of communications firm Global Strategy Group. He comes from PRPOSE, a corporate social responsibility firm that he co-founded, which has clients such as REI, Nordstrom and Starbucks. Prior to PRPOSE, Chaitin was senior vice president at Edelman's Business + Social Purpose Practice group in Seattle.

— Human resources tech firm GoodWell has added Tensie Whelan to its advisory board. She is a clinical professor of business and society at New York University Stern School of Business and the director of the school's Center for Sustainable Business. She was formerly president of the Rainforest Alliance.

John Livermore is Northeast regional director at nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy. He is a sustainability expert with more than 25 years of experience in designing and implementing energy efficiency programs, and was recently CEO of nonprofit Healthy Home Healthy Planet.

— The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) announced its 2018 Board of Directors. They are:

  • Chair Bill Gill, assistant vice president of environmental affairs at Smithfield Foods;

  • Vice-Chair Mark Johnson, senior vice president and director of environmental compliance and remediation services at Gannett Fleming;

  • Project Chair J. Phillip Crowder, director of sustainability services at Sealed Air;

  • Membership Chair Joe Lima, director of environmental sustainability at Schlumberger Limited; and

  • Communications Chair George Racine, senior advisor of sustainability at ExxonMobil Chemical.