Meet the Staff
As our CEO, Lisa leads US SIF and the US SIF Foundation's overall direction and sits, ex-officio, on all board committees. If you would like to suggest a possible partnership or alliance for US SIF, request a staff member to speak at your event, or become more involved in the organization's activities contact Lisa.
Lisa has been the CEO of US SIF and the US SIF Foundation since 2006, and has been responsible for strategic planning, developing a robust policy presence, expansion and diversification of funding, launching our national conference and creating the Center for Sustainable Investment Education.
Prior to US SIF, Lisa was executive director of the International Women's Media Foundation, an organization focused on press freedom and expansion of women’s role in the media. During her tenure, the IWMF played a significant role in re-orienting the way journalism training was carried out on the issues of HIV-AIDS, malaria and TB in several African media organizations. Lisa also spent a decade working on children’s human rights. She was the director of the first international study to look at the impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and directed the Washington, DC office of Save the Children. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.
Lisa's early career focused on domestic social policy and began in the New York City Human Resources Administration as an Urban Fellow and the US Congress as a legislative assistant. Lisa is the founder of Suited for Change, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that provides professional clothing and ongoing career education to low-income women who have completed job training programs and are seeking employment. She was a founding board member and former president of the board of The Women's Alliance, a national membership organization of community organizations that increase the employability of low-income women. She was also Board President of Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national environmental health organization based in Montana. She has written and spoken widely on human rights and development, as well as leadership. She is a board member of the Children's Environmental Health Network and the founder, with her teenage son, of Advantage Ethiopia: Kids' Tennis and Education Initiative.
In 2018, Lisa was honored to be included in Barron's list of “The 20 Most Influential People in ESG Investing”. She was also pleased to accept the SRI Service Award and the inaugural Forbes Impact Award. Previously, Lisa was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine in recognition of her pioneering role with Suited for Change. She has received numerous other awards and has volunteered on other nonprofit boards and commissions. Lisa holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in public policy and women's studies from George Washington University. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Melbourne, Australia.
Lisa is energized daily by the opportunity to be part of the leadership team advancing the vital work of sustainable and responsible investors.
Bryan McGannon, Director of Policy and Programs
Bryan comes to US SIF with over 20 years of policy and advocacy experience, most recently as Policy and Engagement Director for the American Sustainable Business Council, where he directed the policy team for a wide range of issues related to sustainability in business and the economy and served on the executive team. Prior to joining the American Sustainable Business Council in 2011, Bryan served as State Director in Ohio for the Alliance for Climate Protection's Repower America campaign, and was instrumental in former Vice President Al Gore's initiative to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation. Bryan's political campaign experience spans presidential campaigns, congressional races, and local ballot initiatives.
Bryan received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego
Jane Bulnes-Fowles, Chief Operating Officer
Jane Bulnes-Fowles is US SIF’s Chief Operating Officer. She leads and partners with the Operations/Membership team, the board, and senior leadership to implement the organization’s strategic plan and provide ongoing oversight and reporting against these initiatives.
Before joining US SIF, Jane spent seven years with Veris Wealth Partners, a leading nationwide impact investing wealth management firm. Based in San Francisco, Jane managed operations and led strategic improvement projects for the firm—from developing policies and procedures to re-imagining a client-centered onboarding processes.
Prior to Veris, Jane was Director of Learning Materials at the Lean Enterprise Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to helping organizations apply Lean organizational and management methods to improve value and reduce waste.
Jane has long been interested in harnessing the power of market forces to achieve social good. She has advised multiple socially-responsible ventures including the Hult Prize, a social entrepreneurship accelerator fostering the next generation of scalable, social-good start-ups. Jane has also advised multiple fintech startups and is an active investor in a sustainable wine cooperative. She is excited to join US SIF to continue creating systems that focus on long-term sustainability and positive social impacts.
Jane received a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College and a Masters of Business Administration from the Social Impact MBA program at Boston University. When not working, Jane can be found facilitating a Lean Startup Circle, volunteering with an animal rescue, or spending time on the water or out in nature.
Michael Young, Manager of Education Programs
Michael is responsible for our three courses (our free online course for individual investors, our Fundamentals live and online course for financial professionals, and the CSRIC designation with the College for Financial Planning), creating educational materials out of the existing content of the US SIF Foundation, and continuing to create new materials that will help advance our field.
Before joining US SIF, Michael spent 16 years working in mutual funds, separately managed accounts, closed-end funds, and exchange-traded funds. Michael served as Director of Business Development for AdvisorShares, an actively managed ETF provider, where his clients ranged from registered investment advisors and financial planning firms to broker-dealer firms, registered investment companies, and hedge funds. His responsibilities included product development, relationship management with sub-advisory asset management firms, institutional sales, portfolio construction consulting, national accounts management, and advisor education. During his time at AdvisorShares, Michael helped launch the first actively managed fossil fuel free ETF, and served as host of the weekly AdvisorShares Alpha Call – a show focused on ETF investing with guests from all corners of the financial services industry. Prior to joining AdvisorShares, his time in financial services was spent during nine years with ING Investment Management and, before that, the Private Client Group at Merrill Lynch. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis.
Chris Phalen, Research and Membership Engagement Manager
Christopher Phalen serves as Research & Member Engagement Manager at US SIF. He is responsible forleading research product output such as issue report, blog posts and op-eds, supporting the production of the biennial Trends Report, conceptualizing new areas of research, as well as conducting regular outreach with members.
Christopher brings over 7 years of research, advocacy, and public policy experience in Washington, D.C. and abroad. He most recently held a contract position with Chevron’s Policy & Corporate Responsibility team. He has also worked on the financing and development of renewable energy projects in Argentina and Chile, and spent time at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Argentina Project.
Prior to this, Christopher spent 5 years at the global mining company Rio Tinto in the External Affairs & Communications team based in Washington, D.C. In his roles at Rio Tinto he worked on a multitude of research, advocacy, communications, finance, and commercial development projects. Previously, he held intern positions at Church World Service, the Organization of American States, and in the U.S. House of Representatives in the office of Congressman Jerrold Nadler. He has lived in Argentina, Chile, and Italy, and is fluent in Spanish and speaks some Italian
Christopher holds a Master of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he concentrated in Latin American Studies, Emerging Markets, and Finance. He received his Bachelor’s from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
Katherine Abib, Conference and Events Manager
Kathy serves as Project Manager for US SIF’s Annual Conference and coordinates and supports other major educational and research events.
Kathy comes to US SIF with a background in corporate banking and over fifteen years of experience working with nonprofit membership associations. Most recently she served as Program Manager with the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers where she designed and executed programming for the organization’s portfolio of corporate social responsibility and finance related offerings. She also spent time working in operations, marketing, and event management with the National Association of Women MBAs and the Junior League of Houston, Inc.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Kathy received a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Public Administration from American University. In her spare time, she enjoys competitive running and cycling events, photography, and spending time outdoors with her family and dogs.
Adam Sickle, Operations and Events Associate
Adam's responsibilities include various operational efforts, including membership assistance, financial management, and overall office management. He is also involved in the planning and production of various US SIF sponsored events, such as the biennial release of our Trends report and our annual conference.
Prior to joining US SIF, Adam worked for a produce distribution company in Savage, MD, procuring a wide variety of perishable produce items based on cost, quality, demand, availability, and vendor relationships. He has also worked for Avendra as a Strategic Contracting Analyst, where he supported the creation and maintenance of various contracts through data analysis and the compilation of RFPs. Adam started his career by owning and operating a roadside produce business, where he sold a wide variety of locally sourced produce in a small retail format.
Adam holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he double-majored in Supply Chain Management and Marketing.
Ginny Brooks, Policy and Programs Staff Associate
Ginny supports a broad range of US SIF initiatives, focusing mostly on US SIF’s public policy work and assisting with conference and education programs.
She is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia where she studied Global Environments and Sustainability, Spanish, and Urban Planning. While at the University of Virginia, Ginny worked in the Albemarle County Office of Equity and Inclusion as an Associate Project Manager conducting researching and leading community engagement initiatives. An Austin, Texas native, she also spent time in Austin local government working in the office of Councilmember Leslie Pool and Mayor Steve Adler. Ginny is passionate about policy, equity, and the environment and is excited to be part of a team creating positive systemic change through ESG investment policy, education, and research.
Farzana Hoque, Acting Director of Research
Farzana's primary responsibilities are researching, writing, and data collection to support the production of US SIF Foundation publications and reports. She is the author or co-author of a number of reports, including Family Offices and Investing for Impact and Unleashing the Potential of US Foundation Endowments: Using Responsible Investment to Strengthen Endowment Oversight and Enhance Impact. Farzana is also responsible for managing the organization's social media platforms, website content, and production of the monthly newsletter.
At the beginning of her career at the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), Farzana gained a strong interest in investment as a critical driver for development and how it can be leveraged to address society's most pressing challenges. After EMPEA, she researched climate change challenges and opportunities for advisory projects at Asian Tiger Capital Partners in Dhaka, Bangladesh. During her summer graduate internship at the private equity fund SEAF Bangladesh Ventures, she contributed to ESG engagements and supported an investment in a solar power company. She has also served as an ESG/Impact Consultant for the Tunisia-based private equity firm AfricInvest.
Farzana is a graduate of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she obtained an M.A. in International Relations with concentrations in Monetary Theory and Environmental Policy. She completed her B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in Economic Development at Tufts University.
Judy Mares, Senior Advisor
Judy Mares served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration from October 2013 until January 2017. She joined EBSA after retiring from an extensive corporate career. She was the Chief Investment Officer of Alliant Techsystems, Inc., where she managed the investments of the pension, savings, and VEBA plans (a total of $4.2 billion in assets). She also served as the CIO of Ameritech Corporation and the Director of Benefit Finance at General Mills. Mares is currently the President of Mares Financial Consulting LLC.
Mares serves on the Executive Committee of the Employee Benefits Research Institute and Betterment’s Board of Advisors.
Mares has served as the Defined Contribution Committee Chair of the Committee on the Investment of Employee Benefit Assets (CIEBA), and a member of the Plan Sponsor Advisory Committee of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA). Mares was previously the Chair of the ERISA Advisory Council and a loaned executive to President Carter's Commission on Pension Policy. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Illinois.