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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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Alyssa DeFalco, Assistant Director

Alyssa DeFalco (NYU ‘19) is the Assistant Director at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, where she manages the everyday workflows of CSB, helps execute thought leadership programming, and prepares communication materials and strategy. Alyssa is currently an MBA Candidate at NYU Stern.

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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, 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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Maggie Paruta, Assistant Research Scholar

Maggie Paruta (Stern '20) is an Assistant 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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Rithu Raman, Associate Research Scholar

Rithu Raman (Stern '13) is a Associate Research Scholar within the Corporate Research & Engagement team at the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business where she manages and executes ROSI collaborations with companies across a variety of industries.

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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

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Prachika Agarwal (MS '23), Sustainability Marketing Research Assistant

Prachika works on the Sustainable Market Share Index with IRI data to analyze and report on actual CPG (consumer packaged goods) sustainable purchases in retail throughout the pandemic.

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Karen Chu (MBA '23), Invest NYC SDG Research Assistant

Karen assists the Invest NYC SDG Initiative in developing business models, analyzing data, and communicating with stakeholders regarding projects that will create a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient New York City.

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London Clark (MBA '23), Invest NYC SDG Research Assistant

London assists the Invest NYC SDG Initiative in developing a comprehensive roadmap that encompasses the projects and strategies necessary to implement the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York City.

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Anna Corey (MBA '23), Invest NYC SDG Research Assistant

Anna assists the Invest NYC SDG Initiative with food and agriculture research and data analysis related to sustainability strategies, food security, and green jobs.

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

Alan assists the Invest NYC SDG Initiative in developing processes for projects focused on topics including the built environment, food and health, waste, renewable energy, sustainable mobility, and climate resilience.

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Lia Feng (MS '23), Private Equity Research Assistant

Lia assists in an on-going effort to examine the current literature on private equity (PE) management practices in the context of value creation and extraction.

Kenny Gould

Kenny Gould (EMBA '23), Student Researcher, Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI)

Kenny supports the CSB research team on its Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) methodology, which helps companies to identify material sustainability strategies and monetize financial benefits accrued from the practices.

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Danting He (MS ‘23), CUSP Research Assistant

Danting is working with Tandon’s Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP) and the Invest NYC SDG team to enhance its M.A.P. NYC tool by adding additional data layers and conducting analysis of NYC's urban agriculture sector.

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Hurkan Kurtoglu (MBA '22), Sustainability Marketing Research Assistant

Hurkan works on the Sustainable Market Share Index with IRI data to analyze and report on actual CPG (consumer packaged goods) sustainable purchases in retail throughout the pandemic.

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Delaney Martin (MBA '23), Sustainability Marketing Research Assistant

Delaney works on the Sustainable Market Share Index with IRI data to analyze and report on actual CPG (consumer packaged goods) sustainable purchases in retail throughout the pandemic.

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Lauren Marx (BS '22), Private Equity Research Assistant

Lauren assists in an on-going effort to examine the current literature on private equity (PE) management practices in the context of value creation and extraction.

Katherine Merifield

Katherine Merifield (MS '22), CUSP Research Assistant

Katherine is working with Tandon’s Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP) and the Invest NYC SDG team to enhance its M.A.P. NYC tool by adding additional data layers and conducting analysis of NYC's urban agriculture sector.

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

Jean works on the Sustainable Market Share Index with IRI data to analyze and report on actual CPG (consumer packaged goods) sustainable purchases in retail throughout the pandemic.

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Inti Robinson Campbell (BS '24), Invest NYC SDG Research Assistant

Inti assists the Invest NYC SDG Initiative in developing communications materials and publishing research through various channels.

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Sevastian Sanchez (BA '24), Invest NYC SDG Research Assistant

Sevastian assists the Invest NYC SDG Initiative in driving private sector financing toward sustainable projects in NYC through organizing data, drafting outreach, and publishing research regarding the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Max Wang (MS '23), Invest NYC SDG Research Assistant

Max supports the Invest NYC SDG Initiative to advance projects related to renewable energies and energy efficiency as we work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from NYC’s one million buildings, which create nearly 70 percent of the City’s GHG emissions, and help NYC achieve 80 percent reduction of carbon by 2050.

Stella Yao

Stella Yao (MPA '22), Student Researcher, Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI)

Stella supports the CSB research team on its Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI) methodology, which helps companies to identify material sustainability strategies and monetize financial benefits accrued from the practices.

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Dingrui Zhang (MS '22), CUSP Research Assistant

Dingrui is working with Tandon’s Center for Urban Science & Progress (CUSP) and the Invest NYC SDG team to enhance its M.A.P. NYC tool by adding additional data layers and conducting analysis of NYC's urban agriculture sector.