MICHELLE LAPINSKI

Michelle has 20 years of experience working with companies and investors to develop, scale and finance solutions to improve the intersection of natural resource and business decision-making and outcomes. She has worked with some of the world’s largest companies across the Fortune 500 and their supply chains, including Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Shell, Dow and Starbucks, as well as the International Finance Corporation. She is currently Vice President of The Earth Genome. The Earth Genome develops powerful decision support tools that enable public and private sector leaders to evaluate scenarios associated with water, food and energy security, and other forms of ‘natural capital’ in order to make better decisions and investments. Recently Michelle was a director at the Closed Loop Fund & Foundation focusing on investments in food waste.

Michelle has held management positions at Gap Inc., where she developed some of the first EHS standards for apparel suppliers in the industry, Business for Social Responsibility, where she co-led the Consumer Products, Food and Ag and Transportation advisory services, the Global Health & Safety Initiative, and The Nature Conservancy, where she built TNC’s first corporate practice. She also led her own consultancy, SustainBiz, LLC. Her work with Dow and Shell demonstrating that natural infrastructure can be a viable and cost effective alternative to traditional infrastructure has been published by Harvard Business Review. Michelle is on the Steering Groups of the Natural Capital Coalition and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership, and is the Board Chair of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. She has a M.S. in environmental management from USF, where she also taught a joint MS-MBA degree program, a B.A. in behavioral biology and public health from Johns Hopkins University, and was an Environmental Leadership Program fellow.