Chief Executive Officer
Stephen is the co-founder and co-CEO of IO Sustainability. Previously, he founded and served as executive director of the Business Civic Leadership Center, a not-for-profit 501(c)-3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of corporate responsibility, community economic development and disaster recovery, and public-private partnerships.
Steve is the co-founder and co-CEO of IO Sustainability. Previously, h he served as the Director of Global Advisory Services for AccountAbility and a member of the Board of Directors. For the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Steve served as the Director of Research and Development.
Steve is co-author of two books on S&CR: Beyond Good Company: Next Generation Corporate Citizenship and Untapped: Creating Value in Under served Markets. Steve currently serves on the Advisory Boards for New Earth (inventors of the Social Hotspots Database and Handprinter Initiative) and for the Global Services Leadership Initiative of the Meridian International
Roxana is treasurer of the Institute for Sustainable Development and CFO of IO Sustainability. Formerly, Roxana served as Managing Director for Jordan Development Group (JDG), President of the Hispanic Council on International Relations, Senior Vice President at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Special Assistant for Legislative and Community Outreach for HUD, under the leadership of then Secretary Jack Kemp.
Roxana has been published in numerous national publications, and been recognized nationally for her foreign policy and minority business expertise.
Chris Carmody has 25 years of strategic management experience in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors. He consults nationally on clean energy, economic development, and sustainable enterprise. For seven years, Chris served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD). He served on the $2 billion Cleveland Foundation’s Civic Innovation Lab Board, an early stage funder of social enterprises in northeast Ohio. Chris directs a family fund dedicated to expanding access to excellent STEM education. Chris served in Cabinet-level positions under Mayor Michael R. White in Cleveland, Ohio, as Special Assistant for Education Policy and later as Director of the Mayor’s Office on Competitiveness. He also served on the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals for five years, ruling on local regulatory, planning, and economic development issues.
Chris holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University with a concentration in Strategy, and an AB from Oberlin College. Chris was a 2002 American Marshall Memorial Fellow, is a member of the International Economic Development Council and the Project Management Institute
McCallum was the Wisconsin Governor 2001-03 after serving at Lt. Governor for 14 years, and in the State Senate for 10 years prior to that.
He has his B.A. from Macalester College, M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and is completing his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
From 2005-2015 McCallum was President & CEO of the Aidmatrix Foundation. Under his leadership they grew from a regional nonprofit organization to one of the world’s largest technology providers to the humanitarian sector, working with over 32,000 clients on 5 continents.
McCallum has been on faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison since 2009, teaching in the BioTechnology M.S. program in the School of Medicine and Public Health. At the same time, he is presently leading a project to identify potential employees for innovation and match with business needs in the knowledge economy. He is published and has presented throughout the world on humanitarian technology. He also represents Health Care and Technology companies in establishing collaborative projects. His academic research continues to provide insights of the technology revolution impact upon the global economy.
Governor McCallum is Counsel for International and Domestic Government Relations for Hamilton Advisory in Washington, D.C. He serves as International Board member for the Polish Alliance for Innovation Foundation based in Warsaw and as advisor to the India Centre Foundation based in Delhi.
McCallum has received many awards for his use of technology to advance humanitarian issues, including the 21st Century Achievement Award for “visionary use of information technology to promote positive social economic and educational change” and a “true hero of the information age.” (Computerworld). Government Technology Magazine named McCallum to the “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” in US Technology, March 2013. In 2017, he served as an expert reviewer on technology and smart city proposals for the National Science Foundation
George Haddow is a founding partner of Bullock and Haddow LLC, a disaster management-consulting firm that has completed projects for FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), The World Bank, Save the Children, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Humane Society of the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Corporation for National and Community Service and many others.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Haddow to the Office of the FEMA Director where he served as the White House Liaison, Interim Director of FEMA’s Office of Public Affairs, and the Deputy Chief of Staff from 1997 until 2001. During that period, FEMA responded to over 300 major disasters including the 1993 Midwest Floods, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the 1995 Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma City, Hurricanes Fran and Floyd, and multiple wildfires and tornadoes. He was one of the principal architects of FEMA’s national disaster mitigation initiative entitled Project Impact: Building Disaster Resistant Communities.
Mr. Haddow currently serves on the Faculty at Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA). In the past, he has served on the Faculty of the Homeland Security Studies Program at Tulane University and served as a Research Scientist and Faculty Member at the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management at the George Washington University.
Mr. Haddow is a charter member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) and the former Chair of the ASAP Policy Affinity Group.
He is a co-author of several university textbooks including: Living with Climate Change: How Communities are Thriving and Surviving in a Changing Climate, Global Warming, Natural Hazards and Emergency Management, Introduction to Emergency Management (6th Edition), Introduction to Homeland Security (5th Edition), and Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World (2nd Edition).
For nearly a decade, Mickie Valente has worked directly with economic and workforce development organizations and has led innovative projects that encourage regional collaboration among economic development, workforce development and emergency management organizations in order to build more diversified economies and resilient communities.
Mickie regularly works with local governments to develop business and economic recovery plans for their communities. These pre-disaster frameworks engage a broad spectrum of local stakeholders in developing strategies and action plans that will help their communities better prepare for and recover more quickly and holistically following any significant economic disruption.
She has coordinated a regional business retention and expansion project for Workforce Florida, Inc., and led the development of the economic restoration action plans for the Tampa Bay Catastrophic Disaster Recovery Plan and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan.
She also served as the Government-Industry Partnerships Coordinator for the National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies Institute (NIMSAT) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In that capacity, she recruited economic development organizations, industry groups, individual businesses and other private sector members to participate in a state-led initiative to establish the Louisiana Business Emergency Operation Center and to integrate the private sector into every aspect of the state’s emergency management preparedness, response and recovery planning.
Throughout his decorated career, Mr. Copenhaver has been a Senior Advisor for the The Business Continuity Institute, a member of the U.S. Chamber National Security Task Force, the FEMA National Advisory Council Private Sector, and was the Former Senior Vice President of Marsh Risk Consulting and Former CEO of the Disaster Recovery Institute International. Mr. Copenhaver has provided on-scene assistance to the governments of El Salvador and Peru after 2001 earthquakes, and provided on-scene assistance to the City of New York in the 9/11 response and recovery efforts.
He was the Regional Directorof FEMA, appointed by President Clinton to head largest FEMA regional office in 1997. He also directed the Federal government response to 58 Presidentially-declared disasters. He has previously served as the Chairman of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board, a Senior Advisor to the IBM International Crisis Response Team, and was the former Director of Business Continuity Services at BellSouth Corp.
He was appointed to the University of Georgia (UGA) School of Law Board ofVisitors from 2002-2005, the UGA Law School Capital Campaign Committee, the CEM Commission of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the Advisory Board of the Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Emergency Management,
He is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Disaster Resource Guide
Mr. Copenhaver has his JD from University of Georgia School of Law and his ScB from Brown University. Mr. Copenhaver is also a Certified Member at the Business Continuity Institute and a
Member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia
Dr. Susanne Trimbath has authored, edited or contributed chapters to five books, including Mergers and Efficiency (2002), Beyond Junk Bonds (2003; Chinese edition 2013), and Methodological Issues in Accounting Research (2006). Her credits include appearances on national television and radio programs (CNBC’s Power Lunch and NPR’s Marketplace) and the Emmy® Award-nominated Bloomberg reportPhantom Shares. Her articles appear in the national publications US Banker, The International Economy,The American Enterprise, and The Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor in addition to academic, peer-reviewed journals.
In addition to a broad background in finance and economics, Susanne has been teaching a variety of finance and economics courses in undergraduate and MBA programs since 1989, including advanced courses in corporate governance, financing new enterprises and external debt in emerging market economies.
In 2009, Susanne’s firm, STP Advisory Services, LLC, received a British Airways Face of Opportunity Grant in support of research in financial regulatory reform. She is the 1999 recipient of the Milken Institute Award for Distinguished Economic Research, Capital Studies, for High Yield Financing and Efficiency-Enhancing Takeovers. She received support for studies in Austrian Economics from the Bradley Foundation (1994-1997).
Tom Skancke is the CEO and president of The Skancke Company. He has been the lead advisor on hundreds of transportation infrastructure projects throughout the west and nationally. He is widely recognized as one of the top transportation strategists in the United States, whose vision is transforming the way surface transportation is perceived and marketed throughout the country.
In 2005, United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appointed Skancke to the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study commission, which made landmark recommendations to Congress on policy, funding and infrastructure that will serve the nation for the next 50 years.
In 2013, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Skancke to the Nevada Department of Transportation Board of Directors. He serves on the board of directors for the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the executive committee. He also serves on the board of directors for the Western Regional Alliance.