Prior to beginning her MBA, she was part of a newly formed internal strategy team at Morgan Stanley, tasked with growing the firm’s institutional wealth management business via acquisition. During her time there, she worked on target sourcing, valuation, due diligence, integration and corporate strategy. Before this role, she began her career in private equity consulting at a Boston-based firm, working with private equity clients and their current or potential portfolio companies to perform market due diligence and answer key strategic questions. She received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College as an Economics major and French Studies minor.

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With a focus on collaborative solutions towards achieving circularity, Cherish leads all outreach efforts and legislative oversight within Revolution. She currently serves on the Advisory Council of the US Plastics Pact, is a board member of APR’s Foundation for Plastic Recycling, the President of Western Plastics Association, and just completed a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition amongst several other committees and associations. Cherish has a BA in Marketing and an MBA in Finance.

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This role has enabled Tom to work with the entire recycling supply chain including brand owners, part designers, recyclers, resin producers, label manufacturers, MRFs, additive and equipment suppliers. He also leads Technimark’s innovation team responsible for identifying, evaluating and pursuing innovative technologies to bring value to Technimark’s clients. With over 38 years of experience in the polyolefins and thermoplastics industry working for resin producers, refiners, compounders and converters, Tom has a strong technical background and is a subject matter expert in polyolefins.

For over eight years, Tom has actively participated in the Association of Plastics Recyclers. He currently chairs the Olefins Technical Committee, participates on the Chemical Recycling working group, and was an active member of the Rigids Committee leading the Polypropylene Market Development working group. In 2022, Tom was elected to the APR Board of Directors. Tom also represents Technimark on the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council.

Tom obtained his BS in Polymer Science Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and his MS from the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School of Business in Technology Management. He is an avid runner and enjoys trail and mountain running.

 

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In this role, Michael manages RSF’s business development, oversees the relationship management team, and works with strategic lending partners. Prior to joining RSF, Michael worked at New Resource Bank (now Amalgamated Bank), a socially and environmentally focused lender where he supported organizations in various industries, and in recent years financed projects in the renewable energy space. He has a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Finance from NYU, and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

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Fred believes that business has the unique opportunity to complement its efforts on financial performance with important work in the social and environmental arenas. He has emphasized the key role business can play in building financial, social and ecological capital, often through partnerships with government and community agencies. Business and industry publications regularly feature his innovative management approach and work in advancing sustainability.

Fred recently completed 17 years as a Senior Visiting Lecturer at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He served as an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Michigan – Ross School of Business. He was as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council with two years as chair under Presidents Bush and Obama. Keller also served on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Board for 14 years with two years as chair. Fred is a trustee for the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

Fred serves on the boards of Paragon Die & Engineering of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Balcones Resources of Austin, Texas. He has previously served on the boards of the Meijer Corporation and Fifth Third Bank, West Michigan. He is currently an advisor to several startup companies around the country. He has been active with many community organizations and change initiatives. He is co-founder and chair of Talent 2025, a catalyst for the development of an integrated talent system to meet employer needs throughout 13 West Michigan counties. He served as co-chair of K-Connect, a Kent County Collective Impact Systems Change Collaborative. A Grand Rapids, Michigan native, Fred earned his B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University and
an M.S. in business management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Fred is an accomplished public speaker frequently asked to talk about the Triple Bottom Line culture he has instilled at Cascade Engineering, including their “Welfare to Career” and “Returning Citizens” programs. These programs have provided career opportunities for hundreds of employees formerly on welfare, or a second chance to those formerly incarcerated. His TEDx speech “Why Business, Why Now”, has been a common theme in many of his public speaking engagements. Fred believes that the power of collective business is the only force capable of solving the world’s toughest problems.

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Kirsten co-founded Revolution Foods in 2006 and grew it to over $130 million in revenue when she stepped down in 2024. At Revolution Foods, Kirsten established, grew and oversaw many aspects of the business, including product strategy, stewarding mission and impact, business expansion, B Corp certification and conversion to a Public Benefit Corporation. Revolution Foods was named by Fast Company as one of the world’s 50 most innovative companies and was listed as one of Fortune Magazine’s “Seven World-Changing Companies to Watch.” Today, Kirsten is the Chief Operating Officer of the Save the Redwoods League, a nonprofit dedicated to landscape-scale conservation of redwood forests throughout California.

Kirsten has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Mercaris as well as serves on the boards of nonprofits ARTA River Trips and Amigos de las Americas. She is a social entrepreneurship fellow for the Schwab Foundation, an Ashoka Fellow, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network since 2010. Kirsten and her co-founder Kristin were listed among Fortune’s 40 under 40 for 2013, and were identified as Time Magazine’s Education Activists of 2011.

Kirsten holds an AB from Brown University and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

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Prior to Closed Loop Partners, Ron was the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability in New York City in the Bloomberg Administration. He oversaw the collection and processing of NYC’s paper, metal, glass, plastic, textile waste, electronic waste, organics, and hazardous waste as well as public policy. In 2013, NRDC and Earth Day New York named Ron as the Public Official of the Year in New York City.

During his career, Ron has been recognized with a number of business and environmental awards including recognition as a ‘Champion of the Earth’ by the United Nations Environment Program which is the highest distinction for environmental protection given by the United Nations and recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science and entrepreneurship and the Medal of Excellence from Columbia University which recognizes alumnus under the age of 45 for excellence in scholarship, public service and professional life The companies that he has led have been recognized as innovators in sustainable business practices. Recognitions include The Conference of Mayors – Public/Private Partnership of the Year, Technology Pioneer from the World Economic Forum and the Wall Street Journal’s #1 Venture Backed Cleantech Company of The Year.

Ron is the author of a number of patents in the areas of technology and environmental science.

Ron received his MBA from Columbia Business School. He returned to Columbia as an Adjunct Professor for several years. His first book, The Waste-Free World, was published by Penguin Random House in 2022.

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Bridget has spent the last 20 years building movements to help drive a more sustainable economy – from the local food movement to the circular economy. This work has included a national campaign to improve quality of life with less consumption; building and executing campaign tools to move consumers to Buy Fresh, Buy Local; a start up turned growth company incentivizing consumers to recycle right and Purpose, a consultancy and incubator leveraging the tools of movement building to solve global challenges.

Bridget earned a BA in Sustainable Development from the University of Wisconsin Madison

Bridget spends much of her free time scaling the vertical world of rock and ice, frequently finding ways to mix climbing trips into work trips.

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Prior to joining Closed Loop Partners, Kate served in New York City government for more than a decade, most recently as Senior Vice President at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. At NYCEDC Kate led a team launching innovative business development programs to foster the growth of entrepreneurship, strengthen New York City’s anchor and emerging industries and create new jobs. She managed a portfolio across sectors including smart cities, healthcare, cleantech, fashion, tech, media and advanced manufacturing. Kate previously served as the Executive Director of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Kate earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Prior to joining Closed Loop Partners, Talia was the Chief Legal Officer of CreateMe Technologies, an apparel technology company, where she was responsible for the company’s global legal, human resources and compliance teams. Talia has served as general counsel to several rapid growth tech startup companies and has deep experience building and leading global teams across corporate functions to optimize efficiency, enhance collaboration and facilitate achievement of business objectives.

Prior to her in-house roles, Talia was an associate at Latham and Watkins, where her practice focused on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, strategic transactions and general corporate law. Talia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from the University of Houston School of Law (magna cum laude, law review).

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