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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In addition, Mark serves as a managing director and is member of the investment committee for MissionPoint Capital Partners, a private equity firm he cofounded that specializes in clean energy and that is an affiliate of MissionPoint Partners. Mark currently serves on the boards of Hannon Armstrong (NYSE ticker: HASI), ReCommunity Holdings, MPH Energy Holdings, Just Greens (DBA AeroFarms) and is a board observer for OptiRTC.

Prior to forming MissionPoint, Mark served as Chief Investment Officer of Marshall Street Management, a private family office and was a Founder and Managing Partner of MSM Capital Partners, LLC, where he developed and executed the firm’s investment strategy in clean technology and environmental finance sectors. Prior to Marshall Street, he held Chief Financial Officer and operating positions at a retail franchise and at Cannondale Corporation, a publicly traded bicycle manufacturer.

In addition, Mark was with Coopers & Lybrand’s Financial Advisory Services Group where he provided due diligence and transactions services support to Fortune 500 Companies’ mergers and acquisitions activities. Mark has extensive experience in investment management, corporate finance, accounting and business operations. Mark earned an MBA with Distinction from Columbia University and a BA in Accounting and Economics from Fordham University.

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Bennett is an accomplished investor with a strong track record across venture capital and growth equity. Prior to joining Closed Loop Partners, Bennett was a Partner at Piva Capital where he led investments in some of the firm’s most successful companies, including Boston Metal and MenloMicro, and developed an ESG framework for venture capital investing. He previously established the Silicon Valley arm of Shell Ventures, where he led investments in disruptive companies such as Ample and Aurora.​

Before moving into investing, Bennett helped develop the initial strategy of Shell’s division focused on renewable power and fuels. Prior to Shell, Bennett was a Consultant at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), where he reported directly to Amory Lovins and worked with utility and automotive clients, and a Director of Business Development at CPower, a demand response startup that was acquired by Constellation in 2010.​

Bennett is passionate about sustainability, entrepreneurship, and technology. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family and friends, getting outside, reading science fiction, and practicing yoga.

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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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She catalyzes creative ideas and is an ecosystem builder. She currently works at the Massachusetts Institute of technology as Program Manager of Fiber Technologies and is the founder of Value of Science. She created DESCIENCE, a global collective of designers, scientists & technologists, connecting the world of science and Design. She was selected as Human of the year by motherhood Magazine in 2018 and received the 2015 Boston Business Magazine “Woman to Watch” Award.

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She graduated with a PhD in biomedical Science at University of Massachusetts Medical School and trained at the MIT Sloan School in Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship. She currently serves as President of the board of the Chile-Massachusetts Alliance to support international exchange of investment, technological business, talent and social impact. She is a past board member of FIT Lab and a current board member of Aji Challenge, a chilean accelerator that fosters the success of technological companies in global markets.

As a member of Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (WEST), she received a Volunteer Giving back award. She is also a member of the innovation committee at MIT’s enterprise forum, a reviewer for MIT’s Legatum Center and an advisor to MIT Delta students’ start ups. During her time as a Ph.D. student, she helped pioneer the International workshop called “Small Brains Big Ideas”. So far, this initiative has successfully trained almost a hundred Latin-American students. Trained as a biochemist at University of Concepcion in her native Chile, she is constantly in search of opportunities to support young talent and technologies to make an impact in global markets.

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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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Prior to his work at Columbia, Professor Usher was CEO of EcoSecurities Group plc, which developed greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in developing countries. EcoSecurities was acquired by JP Morgan in 2009. Professor Usher was previously the co-founder and CEO of TreasuryConnect LLC, which provided electronic trading solutions to banks and was acquired in 2001. Prior to that, he worked in financial services for twelve years in New York and Tokyo. Professor Usher is an active investor and advisor to entrepreneurial ventures focused on climate change and clean energy (UsherWorks.com). He is a board member of Community Energy, OptiRTC, and CapShift, and is Chair of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures. Usher earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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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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