Board of Directors
Sasha Lipton, Founder - Outreach Specialist, Everyday Health
Stephanie Azzarone - Founder/President, Childs Play Communications
Dale Bornstein - Chief Executive Officer, M Booth
Kelly Eisenhardt - Executive Director, Fair Factories Clearinghouse
Jamie Lynn Harris - Customer Manager at Accedo.tv
Jason Jacobs - Technical Account Manager, Mobile Solutions, Confirmit
Leslie Leventman - President, Leventman Associates
Shelly Lipton - Partner, GrownUpMarketing
Tom Morton - Senior Vice President, The DVS Group
Craig Scott - Founder/Chief Executive Officer, CHS Ventures
John Shasanmi - Senior Counsel, Dupont
Michael Torkin - Special Counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Drew Trautman - Franchise Partner, 1-800-Got-Junk?
Brad Waldron - Corporate Manager, Environmental Affairs, Caesars Entertainment
Chris Walker - Sustainability and Cleantech Services, Ernst & Young
Sasha Lipton is no stranger to community service work and helping others. At a young age she spent time with her father delivering food to homebound seniors for Meals On Wheels. Over the years she has worked at numerous soup kitchens and also sponsored a child from the Dominican Republic through Children International. In the summer of 2006, Sasha volunteered as a counselor at Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. It was during the same summer that she got the idea for Second Chance Toys.
Driving with her mom through neighboring towns, Sasha saw many toys being disposed of at the curb, and most of them were as good as new. It got her thinking about how discarding toys was wasteful and terrible for the environment, and that many children would love to have them. As a result of her vision and efforts, Second Chance Toys is now a 501(c)3 nonprofit and tens of thousands of toys have been and continue to be donated to organizations throughout the United States and internationally.
Because of the uniqueness and dual nature of the program, Sasha's efforts have been featured in numerous newspapers and on television and radio shows, including local ABC and NBC TV news stations, WOR News Talk Radio, NPR, Fox News, and two cover stories in the New Jersey Star Ledger. In addition, Sasha has been a featured speaker at the Good and Green Marketing Conference in Chicago regarding the impact of Second Chance Toys on the environment and children.
Sasha's efforts have been recognized with a President's Volunteer Service Award on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. She was a Distinguished Finalist and recipient of the bronze medallion from the 2008 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for outstanding volunteer work, and she was recognized with a Resolution from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders for her work in the community.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Sasha is now honing her business and marketing skills in New York City. Her vision is to build Second Chance Toys into a thriving national charitable organization with community involvement and impact coast to coast and far beyond.
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Stephanie is founder and president of Child’s Play Communications, an agency specializing in connecting companies with moms. A former journalist and later an executive for top-10 PR agencies, Stephanie launched the company when she was pregnant with her son and realized that no other agencies were focusing specifically on the very influential mom market. Child’s Play brings corporations and mothers together through public relations, social media, word-of-mouth communications and online marketing. Clients have included major brands in toy, children’s entertainment, food, technology, publishing, education and other industries targeting moms, including Disney, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Hasbro, Heinz, Hewlett Packard, TIME Inc., Sylvan Learning Center and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Stephanie is delighted to be celebrating her company’s 25th anniversary in 2013.
Creator of the Team Mom™ blogger network and the voice behind the blog Mom Market Trends, Stephanie is the winner of the Bulldog Reporter Social Media Innovator of the Year Award as well as a 2012 Enterprising Women of the Year honoree. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Women in Toys as well as a winner of the Wonder Women in Toys award.
Stephanie is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, such as the Marketing to Moms Conference, as well as at social media conferences such as BlogHer. She has been quoted on the subject of marketing to moms in dozens of media, from PR Week through The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. She currently writes a monthly article for the industry blog Engage:Moms.
Prior to launching Child’s Play, Stephanie was vice president and manager of editorial services at the Rowland Company (now Rowland Worldwide) and vice president and assistant director of the marketing communications department at Hill + Knowlton. In addition, she was a freelance reporter for publications such as The New York Times and New York magazine.
An avid biker, kayaker and student of Mandarin, and most importantly Evan’s mom, Stephanie lives in New York City.
Why SCT: "SCT is a brilliant concept. As a mother, I've seen firsthand how perfectly good toys wind up in the trash when they could be given to children in need. I also believe that most families would be happy to donate toys if they had an easy way to do so – and SCT provides it. My husband and I also happen to be avid recyclers of just about everything, so SCT resonates personally for this reason as well. I’m hoping that my relationships in the toy industry and with my company's network of moms will help raise awareness of the role SCT can play in both providing kids with toys and benefitting the environment."
In her role, Dale works to develop and grow many of MBooth’s thought leadership areas and specialty businesses. She works closely with senior leaders to ensure the evolution of the agency’s global practices and key networks, including the Brand Marketing, Food & Nutrition, Corporate, Healthcare and Technology practices, as well as the Global Media Network and Global Creative Community. She also works across many of the agency’s complementary businesses, including Ketchum Sports and Entertainment (KSE), Harrison and Shriftman and Zocalo, the agency's word-of-mouth marketing unit. Partnering with Ketchum's Chief Innovation Officer, Dale also focuses on creativity and developing products, offerings and capabilities that help our clients stay competitive in the marketplace. As a member of Ketchum's ten-person Worldwide Executive Committee, she helps set strategic direction for the agency.
A Ketchum veteran of more than two decades, Dale also acts as Managing Director of the Global Brand and Food and Nutrition Marketing Practices and provides senior counsel to a broad range of clients, including Best Buy (Geek Squad), ConAgra, Frito Lay, IKEA, Kimberly Clark, Libby’s, Pfizer Nutrition, among others.
Committed to attracting and retaining the best talent in the agency business, Dale is focused on deepening our internal expertise and developing our next generation of experts. She’s also passionate about providing access to “industry mentors” who bring outside perspective and insight to our clients and account teams in key industries, sectors, categories. Dale plays an active training role in Ketchum University.
Prior to her current role, Dale served for six years as Director of Ketchum’s New York headquarters office. Previously, she served for four years as the office’s Associate Director and, prior to that, was Director of the New York Brand Marketing Practice.
Before joining Ketchum in 1986, Dale was an Assistant Buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in communication arts from Cornell University, where she graduated with honors and currently serves on the Strategic Advisory Council for the Department of Communication and was recently appointed to the Cornell University Council.
She is a member of Women In Communications and has served as a senior judge for industry /marketing awards programs including the Silver Anvil Awards and the Effie Awards.
Why SCT: "I joined the board because I was inspired by the vision of a young woman (Sasha Lipton) who wanted to help make a difference for our children and for our environment. As the mother of a six-year-old boy, I hope that my son will embrace the values of Second Chance Toys and like Sasha, one day take action in a way that positively impacts his life and the lives of others."
Kelly Eisenhardt is responsible for environmental programs at Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC), a non-profit organization that helps major brands collaborate to ensure cost-effective, well-informed business transactions and improved workplaces worldwide.
Currently, she is focused on enhancing and promoting the Fair Factories Clearinghouse audit platform which enables retail companies to design, collect, and collaborate on data collected about specific factories social compliance and corrective action plans. Companies like Nike, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Patagonia, and Eileen Fisher are some examples of FFC members committed to this platform.
Kelly is also a strategic adviser to an environmental startup, Green Status Pro, the leading provider of due diligence program management. Green Status Pro software is used to streamline and standardize due diligence documentation needed for environmental compliance.
Kelly is a public speaker and industry writer and has published several articles on supply chain transparency and conflict minerals, and is a frequent writer for the Automotive Industry Action Group’s (AIAG) Corporate Responsibility Update and CSRwire Talkback.
Kelly has a Master’s in Business Administration from Babson College – Frankly W. Olin Graduate School of Business and received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Emmanuel College.
Why SCT: "I have a big passion and desire for creating awareness and change with regard to the environment, human rights, and poverty and much of that passion comes from my own upbringing in the small, mill town of Webster, Massachusetts. I always knew I wanted to have a high-tech career and yet somehow be empathetic enough to make a difference in people’s lives. Much of my work over the last ten years has been about working on programs that enable large corporations to reduce waste and remove environmental hazards from their products and our world, all while transitioning to more sustainable business models. I figured early on if I understood business and how it works, I could figure out how to make positive change on a big, even global scale. As a wife and mother of two, I often take on projects at home that teach my kids about preserving the environment and supporting local businesses and farms. Our family is active in community cleanups, supports local farmers by buying their seasonal crops, and kayaks out on our rivers and streams to make sure pollution is bare minimum. Second Chance Toys is a natural fit for what really energizes me in this life. Let’s pull together to help kids and minimize the plastics we use and discard. I look forward to helping set up new programs, blogging about the environment, and reducing plastics. It can be done!"
Jamie Lynn Harris joins Second Chance Toys with a background in new media development. She currently works in account and product management at Accedo, the global leading developer of Smart TV and IPTV application solutions. At Accedo, she’s worked on accounts such as Consolidated Communications Inc., Hickory Tech Corp. and NBC Universal Inc.
Jamie is no stranger to service. She currently volunteers at The Doe Fund, preparing trainees for acquiring their New York City Food Handler’s License. In 2010, she led a service trip to the Chajul region of Guatemala, where her group built sustainable vegetable gardens and cleaned up computer hard drives in the community library. In the past, she has also lent her time at Habitat for Humanity in Providence, Rhode Island and traveled to New Orleans to help with the rebuilding effort after Katrina.
She graduated from Brown University with a B.A in Semiotics. At Brown, Jamie worked on several initiatives as a research assistant at The Watson Institute of International Studies.
Why SCT: "There’s a toddler who plays outside in my neighborhood. She likes to greet me on my way home from work. Sometimes she’s outside until very late at night, being supervised by a group of young adults. She is rarely ever playing with a toy and has no one but herself to socialize with. She was on my mind as the opportunity to serve on the board of Second Chance Toys revealed itself."
Jason Jacobs is an experienced digital marketer in areas including web, email, mobile, search and social media. He is currently a Technical Account Manager of Mobile Solutions at Confirmit in New York, NY. He received a Bachelor of Science from Yeshiva University majoring in Information Technology and has since worked on numerous digital campaigns for some of the leading Fortune 500 companies.
In addition to his professional work, Jason is involved in several charitable organizations and has helped build Torah Letzion, an organization providing scholarships for students which has assisted dozens of applicants further their education. He also contributes to causes focusing on poverty alleviation, health and to his local community. Jason enjoys photography and has studied at the New York institute of Photography and enjoys capturing great memories. He also enjoys exercise and fitness and is now training for his third Tough Mudder marathon. Jason lives with his wife in Queens, NY.
Why SCT: "There are certain causes in the world in which every individual can relate. The feeling that resonates through a person when seeing a smile on the face of a young child or the sense of pride knowing that you’re doing something to benefit the environment are emotions that can be shared by all. Second Chance Toys takes these two feelings and provides a way to bring happiness to children who are lacking in many of the areas where we have been blessed, and combines this with a helpful way to better the environment. My excitement for SCT comes from my desire to make an impact in these areas and my goal is to help the organization grow and continue the great work that is being done. "
Leslie Leventman is a founding member of MTV Networks (MTVN) and a 30-year veteran of the media and entertainment industry. She has served as executive vice president of creative services, special events, and convention planning for MTVN (a unit of Viacom), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Since joining the company in 1979, Leslie’s creative leadership has led to an impressive body of work. As a branding expert, she has developed integrated creative strategies that delivered MTVN’s business messaging and promoted the company as an industry leader. Leslie’s unique style of branding led to an impressive body of work that has bridged MTVN’s properties and helped shape its voice. Her efforts have resulted in countless acclaimed campaigns, events, and presentations to key business constituents and consumers.
Leslie played a leading role in the creation and expansion of many of MTVN’s domestic and international assets, including Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central. Additionally, Leslie is a strong believer that uniting diverse perspectives enhances creativity. This is a driving theme of her career, as she has championed projects like MTVN’s first global internal magazine and intranet site, and led a companywide initiative encouraging employees’ creative visions.
Leslie has been recognized for leading outstanding teams, whose works have influenced pop culture and been displayed in the Smithsonian. She has received hundreds of industry awards, and was honored by HOW magazine as directing one of America’s top in-house creative design studios. Additionally, she has guest-lectured about motivating creative teams in a business environment at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Leslie serves on the board of directors of Rock and Wrap It Up!, which delivers extra food from events to shelters. She founded Project We Share, the group’s corporate donation arm, in 1993, and received the Lena and Joseph Mandelbaum Humanitarian Award in 2001, alongside former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. She supported the creation of the federal Food Donation Act, the core of which came from a Rock and Wrap It Up! position paper on fighting poverty in America. The act was signed into law June 19, 2008.
Leslie is also on the boards of Women’s Expressive Theater, a nonprofit arts organization that addresses women’s stereotypes in media, and Women’s Venture Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps women of diverse backgrounds establish thriving businesses in urban communities, by offering training, small business loans, and a network of business advisers to help women reach their business goals. Additionally, she serves on the board of Theatre Within, a not-for-profit performing arts organization dedicated to producing benefit shows for important causes. She has also worked to support such organizations as the T. J. Martell Foundation, New York Urban League, Rock the Vote, Children of Chernobyl, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and many more.
Why SCT: "While I have served on several boards, the prospect of serving on this one intrigued me as the mission of Second Chance Toys is a completely unique one. It is wonderful to know that our efforts help both children and the environment."
Shelly brings considerable experience in direct and digital marketing, business development, and social media to strategic business engagements. His mastery of the entire spectrum of 'commercial persuasion' gives him a particular vantage point that enables him to conceive and manage business concepts that integrate the ideal mix of marketing touch points.
Shelly honed his integrated marketing skills early on when as a vice president at Young & Rubicam (Y&R) his responsibilities included strategic planning, involving integrated advertising, direct marketing, and public relations activities. As part of an internal marketing task force on the AT&T business, Shelly spent time with sister agencies including Wunderman, Y&R’s direct- marketing arm.
After nearly a decade in the corporate world, Shelly took to the entrepreneurial side and founded LCG to develop integrated direct and digital marketing initiatives targeting the U.S. Hispanic market. LCG attracted marquee clients, including Pfizer, Columbia House, Time-Life, and Johnson & Johnson, among others. Following years of double-digit growth, Publicis Groupe acquired LCG, and the newly formed Bienestar LCG Communications subsequently merged with a sister agency creating a top-ten multicultural marketing agency.
With a continued thirst for the start-up world, Shelly founded Community Direct, a direct marketing company where he developed a mobile-based customer acquisition platform resulting in successful programs for MetLife, Together Rx Access, and PeoplePC Online.
After four years building Community Direct, Shelly exited to become part of the executive leadership team at Grandparents.com. As chief marketing officer, he was responsible for directing growth strategies and the consumer and trade marketing for the premier online community. Under his leadership the company grew its subscriber base and monthly traffic tenfold. Following three years at Grandparents.com, Shelly formed GrownUpMarketing, a trade-marketing consultancy that includes top digital and social media companies as clients.
Why SCT: “As Second Chance Toys became a family affair, I quickly assumed the role as webmaster. After launching our website, it was exciting to witness firsthand the power of the Internet and watch Second Chance Toys grow exponentially as a result. It is a pleasure to devote time to growing an organization that is rooted in helping children and the environment. The evolution of Second Chance Toys is a confirmation that we all can make a difference if we put in the time and the effort.”
Tom brings a diversified financial and business background to the SCT Board.
He began his career with General Foods (now Kraft/Mondelez) and rose to senior financial roles in both Consumer and Foodservice segments of the business, including the US coffee business (Maxwell House). He also played a major role in the transformation of the business supply chain for the entire domestic portfolio of the Company.
He currently is a Senior Vice President with The DVS Group, a lower middle market mergers and acquisitions firm and services both buyers and sellers of businesses.
Tom holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and completed his Master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at Iona College.
Tom has been actively involved in the financial community as Chairman of the CFO Leadership Group in the New York Metro area and a member of Financial Executives International (FEI) and in his local communities as volunteer for Junior Achievement and the Big Brothers program at Pleasantville NY Cottage School.
Why SCT: “I jumped at the opportunity to join the Board at SCT. They have such a powerful and simple vision which everyone can understand: provide a cherished toy to a needy child while helping improve the environment at the same time. I also like the fact that SCT can be an organized effort at a local community level or it can just be an individual anywhere doing their part to help. I look forward to the opportunity to help SCT continue to expand the depth and geography of its efforts.”
Craig possesses a broad range of pharmaceuticals marketing, sales, and general management experience on both the client and service sides, and in both Fortune 100 and entrepreneurial start-up organizations.
As CEO of TargetRx from 2008-2011, Craig restored business growth and guided the eventual strategic sale of the company. Prior to joining TargetRx, he was president of the Catalina Health Resource division of Catalina Marketing Corporation from 2004 until the leveraged buyout of the company in November 2007. During his tenure, he dramatically increased revenues and profits and led the transformation of Catalina Health Resource into the leading provider of direct-to-patient communication services in pharmacies nationwide.
Craig joined Catalina after nine years with Nelson Communications, where he established several new healthcare-marketing ventures, leading them from concept to implementation and commercial success.
Prior to his work at Nelson Communications, Scott spent 13 years with Johnson & Johnson, where he held a variety of marketing and management positions. Most notably at J&J, Craig served as vice president of marketing as well as a management board member for Vistakon, the J&J affiliate that launched ACUVUE®, the first disposable and best-selling contact lens in the world.
Craig received a B.A. in semiotics from Brown University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Why SCT: “It has been a real pleasure working to build Second Chance Toys during the past few years and being a member of our board of directors. By now, Second Chance Toys is a labor of love for our whole family. The benefits of what we do as a charitable organization are so pure. We help the environment and we help deserving kids. What could be more rewarding than that? Working so hard with so many devoted people to recycle thousands of gently used plastic toys and get them into the hands of appreciative children and their families gives all of us at Second Chance Toys a warm, satisfied feeling of knowing we are doing what is right. And there is so much more to do! We have only scratched the surface of what is possible! Helping is what it is all about!”
John Shasanmi is an experienced corporate lawyer with substantial background working with both for profit and non-profit companies. He currently serves as senior counsel for DuPont with its industrial biosciences business. John handles both commercial and pre-commercial matters for the two businesses, including regulatory, contracting and other business matters.
Prior to joining DuPont, he was a corporate and securities associate at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia, where he focused on venture capital and private equity, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and securities law compliance. Prior to Pepper Hamilton, John was an M&A associate in the New York office of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.
John graduated from Stanford University with BAs in Drama and Psychology and received his JD and MBA from Howard University.
Michael Torkin joined Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in 2011 as special counsel in the Financial Restructuring and Special Situations practice group. Michael has extensive experience advising boards of directors of distressed companies. He has played a leading role in the restructuring of numerous global institutions including Eastman Kodak Company, Smarte Carte, Oneida, and AOL Latin America. During the ‘08 global financial crisis he represented the Federal Republic of Germany in connection with the restructuring of General Motors and its European subsidiary, Adam Opel. Michael routinely also advises investors in connection with opportunistic investments and strategies.
Prior to joining S&C, Michael was a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP. He joined S&S in 1998 and was trained as a corporate generalist having practiced in its real estate, public M&A, private capital and financial restructuring groups in New York and San Francisco.
Michael is the author of Filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: What You Need to Know in addition to numerous legal articles covering a myriad of topics. Michael was recognized by The M&A Advisor as one of the top “40 under 40” M&A, financing and turnaround professionals and by Turnarounds & Workouts as one of 12 “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers”. Chambers Global named Michael as a leading attorney, who “brings a creative and learned approach to reorganizations, out-of-court restructurings and distressed M&A matters” and Legal 500 US reported he has “a flourishing reputation in the market” with clients “who describe his work as ‘incredibly competent.’”
Throughout his legal career Michael has been involved actively in numerous pro bono representations, including advising Harlem Children’s Zone acquire its Harlem headquarters and drafting a voter rights manual for the Connecticut. In addition to pro bono legal work, Michael is an active donor to DonorsChoose.org projects. Currently Michael is member of the Lincoln Center Business Counsel as well as the UJA-Federation Lawyers Division Bankruptcy & Reorganization Group.
Michael received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. He enjoys tennis, golf and skiing. Michael currently lives in Chappaqua, New York with his wife Heather and sons Johnny and Jacob.
Why SCT: “SCT’s activities focus on serving underprivileged children as well as promoting environmental sustainability – each pressing agendas for our generation. I choose to join the SCT board to give back to those that are less fortunate and to become involved with an organization in which my entire family could participate. It has been important to me to impart upon my kids how lucky we are to have so much and to live in such a great country with endless opportunity, and that despite our demanding schedules, we must make it a priority to give back to our community.”
Drew Trautman is the owner of one of the most successful franchises in the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? system. Opening the franchise in 2007, he has been recognized as a leader in the organization and has won multiple Top Performer Awards including Franchise of the Year in 2008. Drew currently sits on the six-person Franchise Advisory Council of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, an elected, internal board which helps guide the strategic direction of the business and acts as a voice for Franchise Partners.
Taking the same hyper-focused approach to the customer experience and leveraging his past success growing businesses, Drew launched a new franchised moving company, You Move Me, in May 2013. He has quickly grown his business to be a leader in the system.
Drew is passionate about giving back to the community. Through his businesses, he actively partners with local organizations such as Susan G. Komen, Soles4Souls, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, NYC Aids Walk, NYC Botanical Gardens, Community Food Bank of NJ, and of course, Second Chance Toys.
Prior to Drew’s current ventures, he worked for the corporate headquarters of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for three years. He coached and worked on-site with Franchise Partners consulting on all aspects of their business to include strategic planning, marketing, operations, finances, employee training, HR systems, culture, community involvement and customer experience. During this time, Drew was part of a team that was responsible for taking 1-800-GOT-JUNK? from 40 locations to over 200 locations.
Previous to 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Drew worked for the Entrepreneurs Organization as a Chapter Development Manager growing chapter membership by 82%. He holds the distinct honor of being the first employee to return as a full member of the prestigious organization.
After earning a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, Drew worked and traveled around the world. Most notably, in 1998 he held a contract job with the United States Antarctic Program and was stationed at McMurdo Station, Antarctica for six months. He is an accomplished athlete having completed over 20 triathlons including three Ironman and five half-Ironman distance races. In addition, he’s run over 10 marathons. Drew currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Kristin.
Why SCT: “Being in the waste/junk business, I’ve seen first-hand the amount of plastic toys that are discarded and ultimately could (and sometimes do) end up in landfills. In 2007, shortly after launching my business, I ran across a story about Second Chance Toys and reached out to see if we could help their cause. It’s been an absolute pleasure partnering with SCT to help children and the environment. It’s a natural fit for my business and my personal beliefs and I can’t be more excited to assist in helping shape the future of SCT!”
Brad Waldron is the Corporate Manager of Environmental Affairs for Caesars Entertainment based in their corporate office in Las Vegas. For Caesars, he leads regulatory compliance programs, the company’s greenhouse gas management program, provides technical support for enterprise sustainability efforts, and is responsible for water quality at over 50 properties around the world.
Brad was born in Portland, Maine holds a BS degree in Environmental Science from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT, and an MS in Environmental Management from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Following graduate school he worked as Director of R&D for an environmental biotechnology company performing petroleum remediation around the world. He was the co-inventor of the company’s primary product – beeswax manufactured through a proprietary process – the end product successfully fosters the microbial degradation of oil spills in water.
After leaving biotechnology, Brad was the Vice President of NGE, an award winning engineering consulting firm based in Pittsburgh, PA where he served as a senior consultant to numerous large public and private entities as well as leading the firm’s environmental practice. He directed the permitting of new heavy industrial facilities, authored compliance management strategies and metrics, developed and guided sustainability and efficiency programs, led multimedia audits, and advised on site assessment, property redevelopment and due diligence matters.
Brad is a registered Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP), a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and Certified Carbon Strategy Practitioner (CSP). He currently serves on the International Board of Directors as Vice President for the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and as a Trustee for the Institute for Professional Environmental Practice (IPEP).
Why SCT: “Second Chance Toys seeks to directly impact lives when they are most influential, as children. To me, working to ensure that children have toys is a mechanism to ensure their development by fostering creativity, joy, and pride. Beyond that, as a father of two young children I want them to understand the value of dedicating time for the benefit of others. At the end of my life, when I take time to look back and take stock of my legacy, I hope that it isn’t my career achievements that define me. I see Second Chance Toys as a tremendous organization in which I can passionately involve myself and truly make a difference.”
Chris Walker has more than 20 years of experience working with leading companies on environmental issues with a concentration over the last 15 years on climate change and sustainability. Chris has a diversity of exposure and executive experience in the climate and sustainability space including carbon markets and policy, risk mitigation, clean-tech, governance and socially-responsible investing.
Chris is presently leading EY's Climate Change and Sustainability Services offerings and market development focused on Financial Service and Insurance clients in North America as well as the Global Sports Industry. He has extensive experience in identification and execution of business value propositions for climate and sustainability.
Chris serves as a liaison with leading NGO's, advocacy groups and sustainability business coalitions, focused on determining partnership and market positioning opportunities with thought leaders and standard setting organizations.
Chris started his sustainability career as the head of Swiss Re’s Sustainability business initiatives for 8 years where he was based in Zurich and New York. In this role, he led Swiss Re’s efforts to address climate change and sustainability risk to its underwriting and investment portfolios as well as to develop business and market positioning opportunities. Prior to joining EY, he served as the Executive Officer of the Carbon Trust, LLC, (the US affiliate of the UK’s Carbon Trust), and prior to that Executive Director of The Climate Group (North America), a leadership coalition of S&P 500 companies and subnational cities and states. The mission of both organizations was the mitigation of climate change.
He has served as a member of The National Academies, Congressionally mandated report “America’s Climate Choices”. Chris has a BA and JD from St. John's University and Post-Graduate, the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown. He is an Adjunct Professor at NY Law School – “Climate Change Issues in Real Estate and Business Transactions”
Why SCT: “Sustainability has been my passion and livelihood for almost 20 years. Participating on the board of Second Chance Toys allows me to share my knowledge, network and enthusiasm for sustainability with an organization that mirrors my commitment. In addition, as a father of young son, I have an appreciation of the opportunity to recycle and reuse Toys for both those who give and those who receive them.”