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Our Team

CEO Hammad Atassi

Hammad Atassi Atassi recently joined ASBC as CEO after 15 years of leadership in the Natural Products industry. Previously, Atassi was a key leader at Numi Organic Tea since 2005, taking on several roles, first as General Manager, then as Vice President of the Foodservice Division. In 2015 he became Vice President of Strategic Development, leading efforts to identify and build new market opportunities while protecting and growing the authentic brand values and existing brand partnerships. Prior to Numi, Atassi was an executive in the financial services industry. He holds an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC and a BA from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Margot BeckerProject Director, Foundations Margot Becker

For the past two decades, Margot has raised funds for sustainability programs, housing for the homeless, poverty reduction programs, arts education, and major cultural institutions, focusing locally in New York, nationally, and internationally. She is passionate about environmental and social sustainability, composting, intelligent waste strategies, passive building, and carbon reduction strategies. She has published 24 novels for young readers and is a former modern dancer.

Associate Director, Membership Valerie Forbai

Valerie joins ASBC with a background in trade association sales and membership development. She previously worked in collegiate publishing and advertising, the intelligent transport systems arena and in the software and services space. With a strong interest in the nonprofit industry, she volunteers her time with a local nonprofit while continuing her education in nonprofit and association management. Valerie graduated with a B.A. in Communication and Information from Rutgers University.

Kathleen HuttonManager, Web Content and Technology Kathleen Hutton

Kathleen has over 16 years of non-profit experience working for environmental and university institutions. She has held various analytical, technical, and stewardship positions within development, communications, and marketing departments. Before joining ASBC, Kathleen was the Website and Social Media Manager for Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Kathleen holds B.A. degrees in Russian from the University of Illinois and in Slavic Languages from the University of Massachusetts. While working as an Information Analyst for Harvard University, Kathleen attended the Extension School for graduate work in Computer Science.

Bob KeenerDeputy Director, Public Relations Bob Keener

Bob is responsible for setting ASBC’s press strategy and communications. He directs and implements all press-related activities; oversees development of press materials, op-eds and columns; and conducts training and coordination of media spokespeople. He has been working in issues advocacy for 12 years after a career in the private sector, first running a franchise business and then working in marketing and PR. His private sector work encompassed corporate, start-ups and agencies, including a stint at Hill & Knowlton -- at the time the world's largest PR agency. More recently he was Director of Communications at United for a Fair Economy.

President and Co-founder David Levine

David is the co-founder and president of the American Sustainable Business Council. He has worked as a social entrepreneur for over 30 years focusing on the development of whole systems solutions for a more sustainable society through building strategic partnerships and broad stakeholders initiatives. Previously, he was the Founding Director of Continuing Education & Public Programs at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. From 1984–1997, David was Founder and executive director of the Learning Alliance, an independent popular education organization.

CAO Tony Mazza

Tony Mazza joined ASBC as its Chief Administration Officer. Tony is a New York-licensed attorney primarily engaged in IT Operations, IP issues, and business process improvement. He provides thought- leadership on financial and cyber-related issues and has led major initiatives involving IT and business process re-designs and model validations for Fortune 100 firms, foreign corporations and Government entities. Tony has served in CXO capacity for several technology companies over the past 25 years. Tony is an adjunct Professor at University of the District of Columbia; admitted to practice before the New York State courts, Federal District Court and US Supreme Court; a former Social Worker and US Army Infantry Officer; certified Six Sigma Black Belt; and holds JD, MS Degree and is a current MBA candidate.

Policy Manager John Minor

John has nearly a decade of experience working on Capitol Hill and in Federal agencies with a focus on telecommunications and business issues. He will be leading ASBC's policy work on Net Neutrality and High Road Workplace, which includes paid leave, worker ownership and other employee-related policies. His most recent position before joining ASBC was as a Congressional Liaison for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he helped to build and manage relationships between the Bureau and Congress. Prior to joining the Bureau, he was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC). John is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law and Howard University.

Policy Manager Laura Morton

Laura has worked for over twenty years on energy, environment, and water issues. Most recently, Laura served as a consultant to the Vector Center, as Deputy Director of Water 2017, and as the Acting Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Administrator of NOAA, where her portfolio encompassed water resources, energy, and stakeholder engagement. Laura also spent five years as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy, Deputy Associate Director at the Council on Environmental Quality, and Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Management and Budget. Before joining the federal government, Laura practiced energy law at a multinational law firm.

Senior Analyst, Tax Policy John O'Neill

John has 12 years of tax-related experience, including five years as a tax and budget aide to Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee.  For seven years, he worked at the accounting firm Deloitte, educating its partners and clients on federal tax policy changes. Prior to that, he worked as a journalist for ten years, writing on topics from financial markets to real estate and development. He has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Journalism from the University of Maryland.