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DEBORAH FLEISCHER
390 Throckmorton, Mill Valley, CA 94941, (415) 381-5878  (415) 302-2655
Deborah@greenimpact.com

Sustainability Strategy, Stakeholder Partnerships & Communications

HIGHLIGHTS

•     A true implementer and project manager extraordinaire, with a track record of working with Fortune 500 companies and leading non-profits to launch new green initiatives and cross-sector partnerships, including the California Environmental Dialogue, Curb Your Carbon and the Institute at the Golden Gate.

•    Talented researcher and published writer with the ability to interview senior-level stakeholders and transform complex issues into clear, concise and compelling summaries. Regular contributor to TriplePundit.com, reaching over  25,000 readers each week. Researched and co-wrote with Joel Makower Sustainable Consumption and Production: Strategies for Accelerating Positive Change.

EDUCATION
HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Master in Public Administration, 1995.
YALE UNIVERSITY, Master in Environmental Studies, 1985.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA, B.A. Environmental Studies, 1983.

RECENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

GREEN IMPACT
Principal, October 2000 – present, San Francisco

Principal and founder of Green Impact, a sustainability consulting practice that works with companies recently criticized by investors for lacking a sustainability or climate change strategy. We help integrate internal and external stakeholder perspectives into a strategy, develop short-term action plans and implement pilot programs.   Green Impact supports new sustainability initiatives by providing services in materiality analysis, stakeholder engagement, program development and written communications. For more details, see http://www.greenimpact.com.

Key accomplishments include:

  • Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA)

Researched and wrote Sustainable Consumption and Production: Strategies for Accelerating Positive Change. Developed a funding strategy to help foundations better understand the key leverage points for making an impact with their environmental funding.

  • City and County of San Francisco, Department of Environment

Helped to launch the City’s green computer purchasing program and increased purchasing of green office supplies for municipal departments.

  • Marin Community Foundation

Interviewed the key sustainability stakeholders in Marin and developed a funding strategy for the Earth Day Every Day Fund. Took the lead in the design and implementation of a new school-based carbon reduction campaign called Curb Your Carbon, which to-date has cancelled over 700 cars worth of emissions. Coordinated the kick-off event on Earth Day-wrote an article and successfully pitched it to the IJ.

  • California Environmental Dialogue

Played a critical role in the design and implementation of a series of successful stakeholder dialogues that brought corporate leaders, from businesses such as Bank of America, Disney, Chevron, Hewlett Packard and PG&E, together with governmental and NGO leaders. Researched and wrote California at a Glance as a background piece to a scenario planning workshop with Peter Schwartz of the Global Business Network.

INSTITUTE AT THE GOLDEN GATE
Program Director, June 2007 – June 2008, Sausalito

A key player in developing the Institute at the Golden Gate-a public-private partnership focused on creating action-oriented environmental programs. Developed the framework for the programs, with an emphasis on cross-sector dialogues and leadership development.

Key accomplishments included:

  • Grew successful partnerships with The Aspen Institute, Conservation International and the National Park Service leadership development program.
  • Successful with business development-attracted CED, a cross-sector dialogue.
  • Grew the on-site staff from 1 to 3.
  • Created an environmental education program to highlight the green features of the new hotel, Cavallo Point, for the LEED certification process.
  • Developed a carbon offset policy for the Institute.

SUSTAINABLE CONSERVATION
Senior Project Manager, May 1996 – October 1997 San Francisco

Focused on the development of strategies that maximized conservation while providing an economic return. Worked with Wells Fargo to help them sell a 60,000-acre ranch with conservation values in the Central Valley to The Nature Conservancy.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATES
Senior Associate, December 1989 – June 1993, San Francisco

Managed a variety of multidisciplinary environmental projects for local governments to assess the environmental impacts of development projects.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, DEPARTMENT OF RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Energy Planner, September 1985 – February 1988, Santa Barbara

Analyzed impacts associated with major offshore oil and gas development projects.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Marin Community Foundation, Environment in Marin County
  • GreenBiz.com, Six Steps to the Greenest Meetings Possible
  • Environmental Grantmakers Association, Sustainable Consumption and Production: Strategies for Accelerating Positive Change
  • GreenBiz.com, The Greening of Take-Out
  • GreenBiz.com, Greening Your Catalog: Why It’s Good For Your Business
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