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NJSBC Staff and Steering Committee


Richard Lawton – Executive Director

Richard is Founder of Triple Ethos, LLC, a consultancy that helps organizations integrate sustainability into board governance and strategy within a triple bottom line framework.  Prior to starting Triple Ethos, Richard earned an M.B.A. in Sustainability from Antioch University New England, and has held executive positions with Time Inc., Barnes & Noble, and Comag Marketing Group.

An experienced and successful change leader, Richard was recognized by Folio magazine as “being one of the magazine industry’s top 40 influencers and innovators” after leading initiatives that resulted in the retail supply chain becoming more efficient and profitable, while reducing its environmental impact.

He has served on several non-profit boards, and was a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Steering Committee

Barbara George Johnson

Barbara George Johnson currently holds the title of Executive Director of the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy (JSWIPP) at Thomas Edison State University. Barbara brings more than 20 years of experience as a public policy professional in New Jersey and has been a leading voice in shaping economic, health and social policy in the region. As Executive Director, Barbara manages the activities of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association and also oversees the six policy centers housed at JSWIPP. Barbara earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Technology from Cornell University, an MPH from Columbia University’s School of Public Health and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers-Newark Law School.
Sally Malanga

Sally is the Founder of the Intelligent Beauty brand, Ecco Bella.  Ecco Bella was started in her home in 1992. Sally researched and developed all of the unique products with strict standards for social responsibility, health, and efficacy.

She serves as a board member of the national non-profit, Friends of Animals and the Primarily Primates Sanctuary in San Antonio.  “As a volunteer at Friends of Animals, I met a woman who filmed animal testing at the Gilette, Company. We created consumer campaigns to stop this practice.”

She and her husband along with neighbors led the campaign to save The McClellan Old Growth Forest in West Orange, NJ.

Sally is a graduate of New York University, with a B.A. in Economics, and Classical History.  Interests include the arts, world-wide travel, Buddhism, athletics.

William P. O’Hearn

Bill has more than 20 years of experience as a corporate communications, environmental advocacy, and public policy professional.

Bill has worked with a diverse mix of organizations, including FEMA, Solar City, Vivint Solar, Viridian Energy, KPMG, AlliedSignal/Honeywell, Brooklyn Solar Works, Minolta Corp, Passaic River Coalition, Skylands CLEAN, and NJ Sierra Club.

His accomplishments include:

  • Preserving more than $10 million of parkland in NY and NJ
  • Supervising the planting of more than 400 trees in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil
  • Helping more than 1000 military veterans join the Viridian Associate program

He lives in Ringwood, NJ with his wife, Robin, son Pierce, and daughter Molly.

Raymond Perry

Leveraging 30 years of energy market experience, as Founder and Managing Partner of NJGEC, Ray spends his days navigating the volatile energy markets to incorporate budget certainty and commodity savings into customized sustainable energy management plans for the clients of NJGEC. Ray is a Certified Energy Professional (CEP), and BPI certified energy efficiency professional.
Prior to founding NJGEC, Ray enjoyed an successful investment banking career trading energy related products for some of the largest global institutions at Salomon Brothers and JP Morgan Chase.
Ray studied Finance and Economics at Rutgers University and returned to Rutgers to complete the Green Technology Program in 2009 Ray also holds a Solar PV design/install certification from the Rutgers School of Engineering.
Brian Reynolds – Steering Committee Chair

Brian is the Executive Director of Climate|Money|Policy, a boutique consultancy that advises corporate leaders on how they can measure, monitor and prepare for climate-related risks to their business model.  When not addressing boardrooms or making public appearances to talk about the economic impacts of climate change, he spends a great deal of time volunteering to a series of non-profit and civil society groups. 

Brian is credentialed at the United Nations, where his wife says he spends too much time.  When not working he lives in a little house near the ocean. Brian can be contacted at

Michelle E. Richardson

Michelle is the Executive Director of the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit economic development organization serving the County of Hudson, NJ.  Prior to joining the EDC, Michelle served as a Department Director in the County of Hudson, Assistant Commissioner in the NJ Departments of Community Affairs and Labor and Workforce Development, business and community development lender at JPMorgan Chase, New York. 

A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Business with an MBA in Finance, she sits on the boards of various organizations, including The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Community Capital, The Newark Arts Council and also on the Advisory Committee of the Hudson County Community College Division of Non-Traditional Programs.

Karen Brown Stovell

Karen is the founding Executive Director of Forward Ever Sustainable Business Alliance - the first urban affiliate of 80+ networks of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. BALLE is the fastest growing business alliance of values aligned entrepreneurs in North America, and LOCAL FIRST business networks in North America. Her experience also includes working as the Marketing Director at the Newark Urban Enterprise Zone, a state-wide program with the mission of creating jobs, bringing new business prosperity to the city, and raising the quality of life in the city, she led several major economic development projects and managed all marketing efforts for the agency. Karen is a recent graduate of the Prudential Foundation’s Nonprofit Executive Fellows Program at the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School.
Kyle Tafuri

Director of Sustainability at Hackensack-Meridian Health, leads the development and management of corporate Sustainability for the health network and ensures they are creating a healthier environment for patients, team members and the community. Kyle has been heading Sustainability at HackensackUMC since 2012 at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® . HackensackUMC has been recognized by Practice Greenhealth three years in a row (2014, 2015, 2016) as a Top 25 Green Hospital.

Kyle sits on a number of industry councils and advisory boards including, Health Care Without Harm Climate Council, the Safer Chemicals Market Transformation Group, the Healthier Foods Market Transformation Group and others.

Kyle has been named one of the 30 under 30 people to watch in sustainable business by GreenBiz Group. Kyle received his Masters in Sustainability Studies from Ramapo College in New Jersey and his B.S. of Business Administration from Boston University.