Laury Hammel, Executive Director, SBN
Laury founded the Sustainable Business Network (SBN was originally New England Business Association for Social Responsibility (NEBASR)) in 1988, and has been leading the sustainable business movement in Massachusetts ever since. He is the owner and president of The Longfellow Clubs – a group of health and recreation clubs in the Greater Boston area- considered to be among the greenest health clubs in the U.S.
Laury has been the Executive Director of SBN since 2008 and provides overall leadership and visioning for the organization and its programs. Laury has been instrumental in founding numerous additional regional and national networks including Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).
Sarah Lambertson, Managing Director, SBN
Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Environmental Science and her MBA in Sustainability from Antioch University New England. From experience in her MBA program, Sarah sees business as a powerful tool for making change towards a fair and sustainable future. Sarah has experience working in education, business and non-profits.
Sarah most recently worked for Whole Foods Market as an educator and a buyer, where she gained a strong operational understanding of running a business. Sarah also has experience working as an educator in several other capacities, including as a lecturer at Boston University’s School of Management for an Organizational Behavior class. Additionally, she worked for the Cheshire County Conservation District as a project coordinator on a farm labor and infrastructure needs project. Sarah joined SBN in September 2013.
Taryn Johnson, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, SBN
Taryn graduated from Elon University in May 2012 with a B.A. in Broadcast & New Media Communications and French. Specializing in video production and social media, Taryn produced several shows based on her passion for the sustainable food movement. She had an active role in Elon’s Community Garden and was a regular volunteer at Apple Street Farms in Essex, MA.
Taryn served as the Marketing and Communications Intern for SBN from September to January 2013. She previously worked as Digital Media Intern for Chefs Collaborative, a national non-profit network of chefs who engage in sustainable food practices. Taryn has been a vegan for nearly three years, and eats locally whenever she can!
Alex Barber, Program Coordinator, SBN
Alex graduated from Skidmore College in May 2013 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Environmental Studies. At Skidmore, Alex developed his passion for sustainability by working in the Sustainable Skidmore office and sitting on Student Government as the Sustainability Senator. In that role, Alex chaired the student Sustainability Committee and served as the student advocate on the Campus Sustainability Subcommittee.
When not in the office, Alex loves to play and watch baseball, and bake in his free time!
Nicola Williams, Producer & Marketing Director, Boston Local Food Committee, SBN
Nicola is the Principal of The Williams Agency, an award-winning full-service marketing, event planning, and business strategy firm based in Cambridge, MA that creates marketing solutions that make a difference for livable communities and a healthy environment. The Williams Agency is producer and marketing agency of the Boston Local Food festival and leads on marketing communications, sponsorship development, and logistical operations development.
The Agency works with government agencies, associations, and nonprofit organizations, offering a full range of marketing and “green events and marketing” services. Nicola has over eighteen years of marketing experience and is passionate about community. Nicola is also an active board member of SBN.
Jessica Boynton, Vendor Coordinator, Boston Local Food Committee, SBN
Jessica graduated from Antioch University New England in 2010 with a Masters in Environmental Studies with a Biology Teacher Certification and has found a passion working with food systems after developing a more formalized composting program and starting a small, organic garden on her grad-school campus. Collaboration, leadership and network building are the foundation for much of her work. Other current projects include serving as the Program Assistant for the New Hampshire State Food System Planning project through Food Solutions New England at the Sustainability Institute of the University of New Hampshire and writing for the NH Farms Network.
Other projects in the past include Solid Waste Consultant with the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, teaching Introduction to Ecology at Keene State College, and developing farm-school curriculum with East Hill Farm in Jaffrey, NH. Jessica loves to grow food and is dedicated to making connections across New England to build a stronger local food system.
Charlotte Meissner, SBLP/SCLP Program Associate
Charlotte received her Master’s degree in Biology from the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. After working as a biomedical scientist for four years, she moved to Boston to follow her passion for sustainability and the environment. She will complete her second Master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management at Harvard University in 2013. She is currently working on her thesis in cooperation with the Sustainable Business Leader Program.
Charlotte loves the outdoors, biking, back yard gardening and local food, and she is living car free!
Pat Connolly, SBLP Program Intern
Pat graduated from Colgate University in May 2013 with a B.A. in Geography and a minor in Geology. While attending Colgate, Pat created an Environmental Film Series as President of Students for Environmental Action (SEA) designed to educate and inspire students, faculty and staff, and the local community to live more sustainably. Additionally, Pat served as a representative to the Greek Sustainability Council.
After a successful 2012 Summer internship, Pat returns to SBN primarily as the SBLP/SCLP Intern. Outside of the office Pat enjoys sailing, biking, and especially running as he trains for the 2014 Boston Marathon!