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Our Team

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.

Policy Director Christine Blackburn

Christine has fifteen years’ experience of working on sustainable resource use and conservation issues at both the state and federal level. Prior to joining ASBC, Chris served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management and Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where she oversaw work on sustainable fisheries, climate science and adaptation, and resilient communities. Prior to that, she was the Program Director for the California Ocean Protection Council. Chris hold a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a B.S. from the University of Chicago.


Vice President, Media and Communications, CFO and Co-founder David Brodwin

David’s background combines senior executive experience in the management consulting industry with leadership roles in advocacy and public policy. In his nonprofit work, he was president of New Voice of Business and executive director at Rockridge Institute, a think tank that explored political communications. Earlier, he was a partner at Accenture, a leading global consulting firm, and vice president of marketing at Radius, a computer peripherals manufacturer. David writes a weekly column on "Economic Intelligence" for U.S. News and World Report and lectures on social change at Golden Gate University. He holds an MBA from Stanford and a B.A. from Harvard.

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.

Policy Manager Eliza Kelsten

Eliza joins ASBC with a background in political campaign consulting. Most recently, she served as an Account Manager at Petel & Co., a political direct mail firm, consulting on races ranging from state legislative to congressional. Previously, Eliza spent two years at Benenson Strategy Group, a top strategic research and communications firm, assisting high-level principals. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.

President, CEO and Co-founder David Levine

David is the co-founder and chief executive officer 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.

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.

Manager, Digital Marketing Ryan Rabac

Ryan joins ASBC with a background in digital communications strategy for local and national nonprofits. Most recently, he was the Digital Manager & Strategist for United Way of the National Capital Area, guiding the organization in digital strategy, email campaigns, social media, and website administration. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Social Science from Florida State University.

Associate Policy Director Julia Watts

Julia joins ASBC with a background in policy analysis and issue advocacy. Most recently, she served as the Manager of Policy, Advocacy, and Mobilization for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, the nation’s largest network of human services providers, where she lead organization-wide advocacy efforts and provided policy expertise on issues related to the health of the nonprofit sector. Watts is an AmeriCorps alum and a veteran of political campaigns across the country. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.