Our Team

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Our Team

ASBN & Business for Conservation & Climate Action (BCCA) Staff

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Maritza T. Adonis, J.D., MCIArb
EVP, Policy, Advocacy, & Government Affairs

Maritza T. Adonis, J.D., MCIArb, is the EVP, Policy, Advocacy, & Government Affairs for the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), entrusted to develop and implement the organization’s sustainable business and investor-focused legislative, regulatory, and advocacy strategies with ASBN Co Founders, CEO Jeffrey Hollender and President David Levine. Maritza is a Government Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Executive, Economic and Social Justice Advocate, Diplomacy, Diversity, and Political Thought Leader, and International Arbitration Professional.

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Munira Ahmed
Sr. Manager, Business Engagement

As the Sr. Engagement Manager at the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN) and a staunch advocate for inclusivity, equity, and elevation to decision-making power across all sectors for the BIPOC-identifying community, Munira’s passion for progress has helped her deftly navigate the space between activism and authenticity. Munira’s varied interests outside of supporting strategy and engagement at ASBN and centering decolonized worldviews include but are not limited to– food anthropology, connecting with fellow music nerds, and embarking on solo journeys across continents.

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Linda Behnken
BCCA Oceans Coordinator

Executive Director, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA):  Linda Behnken has BA from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Environmental Science from Yale University.  She has fished commercially off Alaska since 1982, both as a deckhand and owner/operator.  Linda has been at the helm of ALFA since 1991. 

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Leigh Belanger
Fishing Communities Outreach Coordinator

Leigh is a storyteller and network builder whose work has focused on many facets of our food system for over 15 years. She has led programming and outreach in the non-profit sector; written two cookbooks and countless editorial stories; spearheaded and launched a network, event series, and podcast for women food entrepreneurs; developed programming for public educational events, and taught writing and communications to hundreds of students.

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Marygrace Depp
Communications Associate

Marygrace Depp is currently studying for her masters in publishing and writing at Emerson College. She has been specializing in Middle English and social media production and press. She worked for her undergraduates green initiative by advocating for a more sustainable campus.

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Aleta Edwards
Sr. Manager, Communications and Storytelling

Aleta Edwards serves as the Sr. Manager of Communications and Storytelling for the American Sustainable Business Network. Using real stories from impacted communities, she leverages meaningful storytelling and strategic communications to promote the critical, mission-driven work of the organization. 

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Stephanie Erwin
Director of Circular Economy Working Group

Stephanie Erwin is leading the working group and strategy for the Circular Economy at ASBN. Stephanie is an entrepreneur and strategist focused on designing and scaling circular and sustainable systems after years of working in the fintech, consumer, and nonprofit sectors. Stephanie holds an MBA in Sustainability specializing in Circular Value Chain and Impact Finance as well as an MS certificate in Environmental Policy from Bard College. She is also a co-instructor in Personal Leadership Development in Sustainability and Energy Justice with Bard MBA and NYPA.

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Ephraim Froehlich
BCCA Alaska and Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator

Ephraim Froehlich was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Froehlich worked for United States Senator Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C. as lead policy advisor on fisheries, wildlife, maritime transportation, ports and harbors, environmental change, and the Arctic.

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Isaac Graves
COO

Isaac Graves serves as the chief operating officer of the American Sustainable Business Network, a 35-year-old nonprofit that exists to inform, connect, and mobilize business leaders and investors to transform the public and private sectors toward a just and sustainable economy. He joined the organization in 2014 and previously served as Executive Director of Social Venture Circle.

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Jeffrey Hollender
CEO & Co-founder, ASBN

Jeffrey Hollender is CEO, co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Network, which through its national member network represents more than 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries. He was co-founder and CEO of Seventh Generation, which he built into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency,

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Shanti Holloway
Sr. Manager, Web & Digital Content

Shanti began her career in the non-profit space as the assistant to the executive director of Investors’ Circle in 2017. Since then she has rotated to numerous roles throughout the organization. She is now the Manager of Operations where she assists with back office management, analyzing and improving organizational processes, and working to improve the overall member experience. Before joining ASBN, Shanti had more than 14 years of corporate experience in the finance and marketing industries.

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Frank Knapp Jr.
Director of Business for Democracy

Frank Knapp Jr. is the president and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce which he co-founded in the year 2000.  Since 2012 he has served on the Board of Directors of the American Sustainable Business Network.  In 2016 he launched a campaign, “Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast”, to be the voice of East Coast businesses opposing offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic.  The successful campaign grew to represent over 42,000 businesses.

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David Levine
Co-founder and President

David is the co-founder and president of the American Sustainable Business Network. He has worked as a social entrepreneur for over 30 years focusing on the development of whole systems solutions for a more sustainable society through building strategic partnerships and broad stakeholders initiatives.

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Abby Maxwell
Membership Intern

Abby Maxwell is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at American University. She is passionate about sustainability and climate change mitigation, and how policies in this area can connect and support the mission of environmental justice and equity.  

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Noah Oppenheim
BCCA National Policy Coordinator

National Policy Coordinator. Noah is a natural resource policy specialist working to support and lift up communities and their sustainable and equitable access to resources. He’s worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, a staffer in the US Congress, and has led a commercial fisheries trade association.

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Carolyn Pincus
VP of Strategy and Development

Carolyn is the VP of Strategy and Development at the American Sustainable Business Network. Previous to joining American Sustainable Business Network, Carolyn Pincus was a small business owner with fifteen years in the food and beverage industry. She holds an MBA in Sustainability with a focus on Circular Economy from Bard College.