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Laury Hammel, Executive Director

LauryHeadshotRcroppedLaury 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

SBN Headshot-Alex BarberAlex 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

Pic_CharlotteCharlotte 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!


Brianna Fay, SBLP Intern
24676_1395883700591_7717675_n (1)Brianna is currently a junior at the University of Vermont working to receive a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainability Studies, and minoring in Political Science. She is passionate about developing strategies to advance environmentally and socially sustainable business practices.

Brianna loves hiking, reading, singing and being outside whenever she can!



Isabel Nuesse, Marketing Intern

Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.13.56 AMIsabel is a current student at Elon University graduating in 2015. She created an Independent major called ‘Sustainable Business Development’ where she hopes to encourage businesses to operate more sustainably. At Elon, Isabel is a volunteer for the Campus Kitchen program and is in charge of harvesting produce from the on campus farm, and incorporating the harvest into the weekly dishes.

Additionally, she studied in Copenhagen for a semester where she was a member of a co-op program, volunteering and eating locally! On her free time she enjoys cooking, running and doing the daily crossword puzzles in the Globe.



Zack Ahrens, Fundraising and Business Development Intern

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 10.57.16 AMZach 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

Jess BoyntonJessica 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.