Photo by Melissa Blackall
Laury Hammel, Executive Director
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).
Taryn Johnson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
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, SBLP Program Coordinator
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!
Charlotte Meissner, Membership and Local Food Program Coordinator
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!
Grace Magnusson, Marketing Intern
Grace is currently a senior at Emerson College and is working towards a degree in Marketing Communications with a minor in writing. Last semester, Grace helped in creating Emerson’s first community garden, which will hopefully translate into more healthy, fresh options for students. Growing up on a farm fostered Grace’s passion for healthy living, so on her days off you can certainly find her at the Farmer’s Market!
Grace enjoys the outdoors and hikes, bikes and canoes as much as possible. She also is an avid animal lover and would be thrilled to show you some photographs of her cats.
Zack Ahrens, Fundraising and Business Development Intern
Zach is a graduate of the University of Vermont: College of Agriculture with a degree in Community Entrepreneurship. He feels right at home working to develop a stronger local business community. Zack is a BPI certified Home Energy Auditor and when not at SBN, he is constructing and installing raised garden beds around Boston for Green City Growers. He also sells vegetables at the Copley Square Farmers Market.
He can often be found swimming, biking, or seeking life enriching activities!
Jessica Boynton, Boston Local Food Committee
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.