Advisory Board

Joel Makower

Joel Makower is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group Inc., producer of

For 20 years, Joel has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. Joel is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group Inc., creator of as well as research reports and events on the corporate sustainability strategy and trends. He hosts the annual GreenBiz Forums and VERGE conferences around the world, and is author of the annual State of Green Business report.

Geoff Cline

Expertise: Corporate Law, Supply Chain Responsibility, Employee Policy, Responsible Marketing and Labeling

A former professional songwriter and touring musician, Geoff Cline decided to go to law school after his band broke up and he had to deal with complicated intellectual property issues. After graduating from the University of Southern California Law Center, he entered private practice with the law firm of Buchalter, Nemer Fields and Younger. During his career at the firm, Mr. Cline represented clients in the areas of labor and employment law, business litigation, entertainment and general corporate matters. He also undertook public service work, providing pro bono legal services for persons with HIV and AIDS in conjunction with AIDS Project Los Angeles, the L.A. County Bar and HALSA. He is the author of "Discrimination Against Persons With HIV and AIDS," which was published as part of the Civil Rights Litigation and Attorneys Fees Handbook (1993, Clark, Boardman. et. al.)

Lee Valkenaar

Lee Valkenaar has built a successful career on the belief that high quality relationships are the bottom line. In a competitive, price-driven industry, he has risen into a leadership role and contributed to the growth of the world's largest natural foods company by simply focusing on what matters most people.

Jeff A. Smith

Jeffrey A. Smith is a partner in the New York office of Crowell & Moring and is a member of the firm's Environment & Natural Resources and Corporate groups. In addition to working on matters relating to financings, underwritings and mergers and acquisitions across industries on a national and international level, Jeff provides day-to-day counseling on environmental management and corporate governance issues, environmental issues of interest to the SEC, shareholder relations involving environmental matters and environmental litigation.

Gregory J. Battista

Greg in an environmental lawyer and has over 25 years of experience handling matters related to environmental risk analysis, federal and state compliance, sustainability strategy and reporting remediation, energy operations, and corporate transactions.

Terry Mollner

Terry Mollner, Ed.D., is Founder, Chair, and Executive Director of Trusteeship Institute, Inc., a think tank and consulting firm founded in 1973 based on the economic theories of Mahatma Gandhi. Trusteeship Institute focuses on the development of socially responsible businesses.

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