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David A. Lubin

Founder, Co-Chair
Managing Director

Dr. David A. Lubin has more than 25 years of experience successfully founding and managing technology and consulting firms that have become world leaders in the field of corporate performance management, business analytics, and new media.  David Lubin currently serves as Co-Founder and Managing Director of Constellation Research and Technology, Inc. Constellation was formed in partnership with ThomsonReuters, and together they intend to bring to market innovative tools and content focused on integrating sustainability factors into investment strategies.

Previously, Dr. Lubin served as Chairman of the Sustainability Innovators Working Group , a research consortium established by David Lubin and Professor Daniel C Esty of Yale University. In that role, Dr. Lubin directed a large-scale research effort in which world-leading firms such as IBM, Unilever, Federal Express, Microsoft, and many others worked collaboratively on new models for developing and executing corporate sustainability strategy. In addition, Dr. Lubin directed a research study for the IFC / World Bank entitled, Assessing and Unlocking the Value of Emerging Market Sustainability Indices.

David Lubin served as Chairman of the Board of Palladium Group, a firm he founded with David Norton (the Balance Scorecard) in 2005, whose mission is advancing applications of business analytics to improve corporate performance. Prior to Palladium, he co-founded Renaissance Solutions, Inc. in 1991. Renaissance went public in 1995  and grew to become a global IT and management consulting firm employing over 6000 people. Prior to Renaissance, Dr. Lubin was Co Founder and Co-Chairman of Spectrum Interactive, Inc. Spectrum launch in 1981, was a leading pioneer in the field of multi-media hardware, software and applications in on line learning and electronic merchandising. Spectrum was venture capital financed and ultimately successfully acquired in 1989.

Before beginning his career in business, Dr. Lubin was a member of the faculties at both Tufts and Harvard University. David Lubin received his Doctorate at Harvard University in Human Development in 1977.  He continues to advise venture and private equity funds, as well as non- profit organizations. He is a frequent speaker and writer, including a seminal article in Harvard Business Review entitled, The Sustainability Imperative (David Lubin and Dan Esty, HBR, May 2010) and Bridging the Sustainability Gap, MITSloan Review, 2014.  He was also the Principal Contributor to the UN PRI ansd UN Global Compact report entitled the Value Driver Model ( ). Dr. Lubin serves on the Board of Directors of CDPNA.

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Daniel c. Esty

Founder, Co-Chair

Dan Esty is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with primary appointments at Yale’s Environment and Law Schools and a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He serves as director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy ( and on the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (, which he founded in 2007. Professor Esty is the author or editor of ten books and dozens of articles on environmental protection, energy, and sustainability -- and their connections to corporate strategy, competitiveness, trade, and economic success.  His prizewinning volume, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, was recently named the top-selling “green business” book of the past decade.

From 2011 to early 2014, Professor Esty served as Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection where he earned a reputation for bringing fresh thinking to both energy and environmental policy making. His policy innovations include Connecticut’s Green Bank and the “LEAN” restructuring of all of Connecticut’s environmental permitting programs to make the state’s regulatory framework lighter, faster, more efficient, and effective. 

Prior to taking up his Yale Professorship in 1994, Professor Esty served in a variety of senior positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency (where he helped negotiate the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change).  He also worked as a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC. 

As a globally recognized expert in corporate sustainability strategy, Professor Esty has helped dozens of companies in a wide range of industries to translate their environment and sustainability efforts into marketplace value.  His clients have included: Alcoa, American Eagle, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Delhaize Group, Disney, Dow, FedEx, Hanesbrands, IBM, Ikea, Nokia, Unilever, Verizon, Waste Management, and Xerox.


John W. Emerson

Chief Data Scientist

John W. Emerson (Jay) is Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Statistics, Adjunct, in the Department of Statistics and Data Science at Yale University. He studied Economics and Mathematics both at Williams College and subsequently at Oxford University.  He completed his Ph. D. at Yale University before joining the faculty in 2003. 

Professor Emerson has been Principal Investigator and is Lead Statistician on the Yale/Columbia Environmental Performance Index (EPI), which he presented at the 2010 and 2012 World Economic Forums in Davos. He is on several advisory boards in areas of high-performance computing and data science, including the Uptake Technologies, Inc., NORC at the University of Chicago, and the Pharmacy School of the University of Maryland. He is the Vice President for Yale in the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences and has served in leadership roles of various sections of the American Statistical Association. 

Professor Emerson teaches a range of graduate and undergraduate courses as well as workshops, tutorials, and short courses at all levels around the world. Clients include the Census Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission, US Cellular, and Genentech. His teaching and research invariably intersect, often drawing both from timely real-world problems and from collaborative research efforts. For example, he collaborated with the Wall Street Journal in analyzing the infamous stock option backdating scandal. He and his graduate students offer weekly "Statistical Clinics"to support the broader applied research and statistical computing efforts around Yale University. 


Christopher j. Mangieri

Senior Research Analyst

Chris Mangieri is a Senior Research Analyst at Constellation Research and Technology (CRT). He is a recent graduate of Columbia University where he obtained his M.S. in Sustainability Management while focusing on Sustainable Investing and Project Finance. Chris was the Project Manager for his senior capstone project at Columbia, overseeing 16 graduate students tasked with developing a sustainable return on investment model to monetize the social and environmental benefits of projects for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 

While at Columbia, Chris worked at NewWorld Capital Group where he was responsible for project finance modeling and environmental markets research – clean energy, waste-to-value, water, and energy efficiency. Chris has also worked as a Financial Analyst for Alva Advisory Services (a division of The SDDCO Group) where he constructed project finance and accounting models, and as an Analyst at Mission Markets, where he oversaw research and data content within their investing member community and analyzed potential client placement upon their impact investing platform.

Prior to Columbia, Chris worked as an Environmental Engineering Consultant at Lagan Engineering where he provided contractor and subcontractor management, construction oversight, and coordination of all environmental operations for various projects throughout NYC, including the largest private development project in U.S. history – the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project.

Chris holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont where he focused on hydrology, renewable energy production form anaerobic digestion, and ocean thermal energy conversion.