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About CSB

Meet the Team

Led by Tensie Whelan, the CSB team is comprised of driven professionals with diverse backgrounds in corporate strategy, research, education, and engagement.

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Tensie Whelan, Director

Tensie Whelan (NYU ‘80), Clinical Professor for Business and Society, is the Founding Director of the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where she is bringing her 25 years of experience working on local, national and international environmental and sustainability issues to engage businesses in proactive and innovative mainstreaming of sustainability.

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Anna Bailey Doyle, Administrative Aide

Anna Bailey Doyle is the Administrative Aide at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where she assists the CSB team on logistics, communications, events, and program management.

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Alison Berg, Associate Director of Communications

Alison Berg is the Associate Director of Communications for the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where she leads communications strategy, manages stakeholder outreach, and supports public event programming.

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Divya Chandra, Associate Research Scholar

Divya Chandra is an Associate Research Scholar at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business and is developing and executing monetization methods used in the application of the ROSI methodology across a diverse set of Industries.

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Elyse Douglas, Senior Research Scholar

Elyse Douglas (Stern ‘83) is a Senior Research Scholar at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business and has responsibility for monetization methods used in the application of the ROSI methodology.

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Chisara Ehiemere, Senior Research Lead of Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI)

Chisara Ehiemere is the Senior Research Lead, Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI™) at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where she oversees our ROSI methodology research partnerships with companies.

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Kendra Gibbs, Assistant Director of Invest NYC SDG Initiative

Kendra Gibbs is the Assistant Director of Invest NYC SDG Initiative at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where she provides administrative and logistical support for the Initiative’s activities, helps manage partnerships, and prepares communication materials and strategy.

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Marianna Koval, Director of Invest NYC SDG Initiative

Marianna Koval is the Director of the Invest NYC SDG Initiative at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where she manages a team engaging in the private sector to drive financing toward creating a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient New York City. Using the UN SDGs as a guiding framework, the team is developing investable projects to advance NYC’s sustainability goals in waste, food and health, climate resilience, renewable energy, the built environment, and sustainable mobility.

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Randi Kronthal-Sacco, Senior Scholar of Marketing & Corporate Outreach

Randi Kronthal-Sacco (Stern ‘83) is a Senior Scholar of Marketing and Corporate Outreach at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business. Ms. Kronthal-Sacco leads CSB’s research in the areas of marketing and brands including the Sustainability Market Share Index™ and is responsible for corporate outreach.

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Wythe Marschall, Senior Research Project Manager of Invest NYC SDG Initiative

Wythe Marschall is the Senior Research Project Manager in food and health for the Invest NYC SDG Initiative at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where he works to improve the resilience of NYC’s food system, in part by encouraging growth of socially just urban farms.

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Yoon Park, Research Scholar

Yoon Park is a Research Scholar at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business. He conducts research, supports CSB’s Sustainable Market Share Index™, and outreaches corporates on various sustainability topics in the marketing and branding.

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Maggie Paruta, Associate Research Scholar

Maggie Paruta (Stern '20) is an Associate Research Scholar at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where she supports CSB's Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) research and company engagements. 

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Divya Subramanian, Associate Director of Invest NYC SDG Initiative

Divya Subramanian is Associate Director of the Invest NYC SDG Initiative at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where she provides strategic guidance for the Initiative’s work partnering with the private sector, government, and community groups to create a more sustainable urban economy in New York City.

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Abigail Talcott-Schlaifer, Senior Associate Director

Abigail Talcott-Schlaifer is the Senior Associate Director for the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where she has responsibilities across the management of CSB, oversees curriculum development and student programming, cultivates and maintains relationships across internal and external constituencies, and provides high level strategic and logistical support to the Executive Director.

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Alyssa Yurasits, Associate Director of Operations

Alyssa Yurasits (NYU ‘16) is the Associate Director of Operations at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where she manages the operations of the Center, including budget oversight, strategic plans and KPI tracking, personnel management and recruitment, and legal contract negotiation.

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CSB STUDENT STAFF

Anusha Chhabra (BA ‘25), Salesforce Student Assistant

Anusha supports database and contact information management critical for CSB’s internal and external stakeholder engagement.

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Alice Davison (MBA ‘24), Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) Research Assistant

Alice supports the CSB research team on its Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) methodology in the decarbonization of healthcare projects.

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Alan Fang (BS '25), Invest NYC SDG Research Assistant

Alan joined the Invest NYC SDG Initiative in September 2021 to support our food and health work and since January 2022 he has conducted research for the FoodMap NY project. He is a sophomore undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Business with co-concentrations in finance and sustainable business.

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Lea Filidore (BS ‘25), Communications and Marketing Student Assistant

Lea supports CSB’s marketing and communications efforts in creating strategy and content that elevates the work of the Center’s research, education, corporate engagement among our target audiences.

Julie Hanash

Julie Hanash (MBA ‘23), Invest NYC SDG Research Assistant

Julie joined the Invest NYC SDG Initiative in September 2022 to support the FoodMap NY project. She is a second year, full time MBA candidate specializing in global business, strategy, and sustainable business & innovation. Prior to Stern, she worked at the Business Council for International Understanding, helping to shape sustainable infrastructure development programs in emerging markets. She received a BA in Global Studies and Political Science from UCLA.

Justin Kono

Justin Kono (MBA ‘24), Invest NYC SDG Research Assistant

Justin joined the Invest NYC SDG Initiative in September 2022 to provide support in developing and executing on a strategy to spur the decarbonization of NYC buildings with PACE financing. He is a first year, full time MBA candidate specializing in finance and entrepreneurship. Prior to Stern, he was a senior loan officer at Caliber Home Loans for 5 years. He received a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

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Saurabh Kumar (Stern ‘24), Teaching Assistant

Saurabh is the teaching assistant for the undergraduate Sustainability for Competitive Advantage course taught by Professor Whelan.

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Harry Leoncio Rios (BS ‘23), Invest NYC SDG Research Assistant

Harry joined the Invest NYC SDG Initiative in May 2022 to conduct research for the FoodMap NY project. He is a senior undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics and Sustainable Urban Environments.

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Yagnik Mehta (MS ‘23), Research Assistant

Yagnik Mehta is a second-year Master's student at NYU studying Management of Technology. Yagnik is currently building a Comprehensive Dashboard for Tracking Funding in the Sustainability Space.

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Susan Mwaniki (MBA ‘23), Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) Research Assistant

Susan supports the CSB research team on its Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) methodology in the decarbonization of healthcare projects.

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Kayan Patel (Stern ‘25), Sustainability Marketing Research Assistant

Kayan is working on the 3rd phase of the CSB Sustainability Market Share Index, an in-depth analysis of consumer purchases of products that are marketed for their sustainable attributes. Kayan works with IRI data to analyze and report on actual CPG (consumer packaged goods) sustainable purchases at retail.

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Roshan Poudel (MD/MBA ‘23), Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) Research Assistant

Roshan supports the CSB research team on its Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) methodology in the decarbonization of healthcare projects.

Jean Rafaelian

Jean Rafaelian (MBA ‘22), Sustainability Marketing Research Assistant

Jean is working on the 3rd phase of the CSB Sustainability Market Share Index, an in-depth analysis of consumer purchases of products that are marketed for their sustainable attributes. Jean works with IRI data to analyze and report on actual CPG (consumer packaged goods) sustainable purchases at retail.

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Madhurima Roy (MBA ‘23), Sustainable Chemistry ESG Research Assistant

Madhurima works with NYU Stern CSB in partnership with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell to assess and determine ESG investment opportunities in the green and sustainable chemistry space.

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Anastasia Vlasova (BA ‘25), Student Assistant

Anastasia assists the CSB team with contact database management, job board management, and social media posts to facilitate engagement with the NYU community and external stakeholders.

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Max Wang (MS '23), Invest NYC SDG Project Lead

Max joined the Invest NYC SDG Initiative in September 2021 to support our efforts to decarbonize NYC’s built environment by developing and managing the LL97-PACE data tool - a free public database of buildings subject to LL97, sortable by GHG intensity, ownership, mortgage holder(s), and penalties. He is a second year, full time Master of Science in Data Science candidate.

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Jesse Weiss (MBA ‘24), Private Equity Research Assistant

Jesse is supporting Phase 2 of CSB’s Private Equity research.

Sophie Weiss

Sophie Weiss (Tandon BS ‘23), Invest NYC SDG Research Assistant

Sophie joined the Invest NYC SDG Initiative in January 2022 to conduct research for the FoodMap NY project. She is a senior undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Sustainable Urban Environments.

Lu Yii Wong

Lu Yii Wong (Tandon BS ‘23), Invest NYC SDG Research Assistant

Lu Yii joined the Invest NYC SDG Initiative in January 2022 to conduct research for the FoodMap NY project. She is a senior undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Sustainable Urban Environments.

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Alicia Xu (BS ‘23), Sustainability Marketing Research Assistant

Alicia is working on the 3rd phase of the CSB Sustainability Market Share Index, an in-depth analysis of consumer purchases of products that are marketed for their sustainable attributes. Alicia works with IRI data to analyze and report on actual CPG (consumer packaged goods) sustainable purchases at retail.