Data and technology expert Nancy Hersh, currently chief data officer at climate tech company Arcadia, has been elected as the new chair of the Green Seal board.
Hersh succeeds President Christina Martin, who served on Green Seal’s board of directors for eight years and helped oversee a period of growth and modernization for the 33-year organization. Martin was elected Chairman Emeritus and will continue to serve as an advisor to Green Seal.
“Christina’s unique combination of expertise in sustainability, business, communications and policy has been a key asset to Green Seal,” said Doug, CEO of Green Seal. “Whether it’s leading Green Seal’s first all-female leadership team, increasing diversity on the Green Seal Board of Directors, or steadfastly supporting our important mission, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to success of the organization, and I am grateful for his leadership.
Hersh has served on the Green Seal Board of Directors since 2019 and in the past year has served on the Executive Committee among the first all-female slate of Green Seal Board members. She also led the standards committee, playing an active role in shaping Green Seal’s product strategy.
“Nancy is an exceptional sustainability leader with deep knowledge of how to use data and technology to accelerate environmental achievements. I am thrilled that she is now serving as Chair of the Green Seal Board of Directors,” said Gatlin. “His leadership is critically important to the continued growth and success of Green Seal and our mission.”
Welcoming diverse backgrounds
Green Seal also elected three new members to its board of directors, effective immediately: Ed Chen, former Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg News and director of federal communications for the Natural Resources Defense Council; Ben Gruitt, Head of Carbon Solutions for RE Tech Advisors, and Vaishali Sampat, Director of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility for Kilroy Realty.
According to the nonprofit, Green Seal’s new members complement the existing board of directors and reflect its commitment to fostering a culture that welcomes diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences.
“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Ed, Ben and Vaishali to the Green Seal Board of Directors. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a talented and accomplished group of sustainability professionals joining our leadership team,” said Gatlin.
The additions to Green Seal’s Board of Directors come at a time of growth and increasing market relevance for the science-based organization, which sets globally respected standards for healthier, greener products and is a leading authority in terms of cleaning and maintaining facilities that are safer and more sustainable. Green Seal’s pandemic-era cleaning and disinfecting guidance for schools and workplaces is currently being implemented in more than 1 billion square feet of building space.
Green Seal has also expanded its impact through new partnerships, including a partnership with Amazon for the online retail giant’s Climate Pledge Friendly program and with Google for its new Google Travel eco-friendly badge for certified green hotels. .