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Joel Harmon, Ph.D; Executive Director, ISE; Co-founder of ISE and Professor of Management, Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University

BA, City College of New York, MS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;
PhD, State University of New York at Albany

During his 30-year academic career, Dr. Harmon has served in numerous leadership positions for the University and for professional associations.Before joining academia, he held several management positions in industry.

Dr. Harmon earned his master’s in environmental sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic University and his doctorate in organization strategy from the State University of New York at Albany. He specializes in organization strategy and transformation, focusing on linkages between people, learning practices, sustainability and business performance. He has carried out major research and consulting projects with such organizations as AT&T, Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand, Ricoh, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Toyota-Raymond, and the US Department of Veterans affairs. He has secured funding for his projects from the Alcoa, First Energy, Geraldine R. Dodge, Kessler, PSEG, Robert Wood Johnson, and National Science Foundations. He has published widely in a variety of leading academic and practitioner journals (including Health Care Management, People and Strategy, Case Research, Human Resource Planning, Cost Management, Group Decision & Negotiation, and Organization Behavior & Human Decision Processes), receiving awards for his papers and case studies.



Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D;  Co-founder and Senior Advisor, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE)

B.S. in Mathematics from The City College of the City University of New York; Masters and Ph.D. with highest honors in Psychology at The University of California at Los Angeles.

Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D. is President & CEO of Transitioning to Green, LLC and the Transitioning to Green Foundation whose mission is helping organizations and individuals thrive in the emerging green economy.

Jeana is author of “Building a Culture for Sustainability:  People, Planet and Profits in a New Green Economy (ABC-CLIO/Praeger, forthcoming Jan. 2014), featuring nine case studies of some of the most sustainable companies in the world (Alcoa, Alcatel-Lucent, BASF, Bureau Veritas, Church & Dwight, Ingersoll Rand, Pfizer, Sanofi, and Wyndham Worldwide). She is lead editor of The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook:  When It All Comes Together, published in 2009 by Greenleaf Publishing and AMACOM From 2010 through 2012, she wrote a weekly newsletter on Sustainability for the Wall St. Journal.

Jeana is editor of “Transitioning to the Green Economy” a Special Issue of People & Strategy Journal published by the Human Resource Planning Society (HRPS) 1Q 2010. She wrote “Unleashing Talent for a Sustainable Future,” Chapter 37 in The Talent Management Handbook (2011) and “Sustainable Enterprise for the 21st Century,” in The Business of Sustainability: Trends, Policies, Practices, and Stories of Success (2011).

Formerly, Jeana was HR director at Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), where she was responsible for a variety of functions to transform the firm and build organizational capacity. Previously she held positions in AT&T and led research programs in the U.S. federal government at the National Institute of Education and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Jeana’s consulting firm focuses on building sustainable enterprises through leadership, culture change, collaboration, and learning She serves as articles editor for the organization effectiveness knowledge area for People and Strategy and is on the leadership team of the Global Community for the Future of OD.


KentFairfield2 LOGOKent Fairfield, Ph.D;  Faculty Lead on Sustainability Education, ISE; Assistant Professor of Management, Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University 

Ph.D., M.A., Columbia University; MBA, Harvard Business School

 Formerly a Vice President at the Chase Manhattan Bank, Kent Fairfield then founded Kent Fairfield Associates, consulting on teams, leadership development, and change management. His current research concerns interdependence between employees and managers, between groups, and between organizations. He emphasizes learning from experience in his teaching, including requiring students to conduct community service projects and carry on mentor relationships with executives.


Matt Polsky, M.B.A., M.A.; ISE Senior Fellow, Public PolicyMatt Polsky Pic LOGO

BA, Rutgers College; MBA, New York University; MA, New York University

Mr. Polsky works on several ISE projects, including the Sustainable Business Incubator. He is a sustainability change-agent. He has extensive sustainability and green economy experience, as well as unique cross-sector experience working in government, for environmental groups, business, and as an adjunct professor. He focuses on helping groups and key individuals understand sustainability more deeply, providing multidisciplinary perspectives, facilitating cross-sectoral communication, and introducing unfamiliar sustainability concepts.

He was the Sustainability Team Leader at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, led an interagency sustainability work group, and advised sustainability initiatives. He has taught sustainability courses at Cook College, Kean University, Montclair State University, NJIT, and Ramapo College.  He was a marketing manager at AT&T Microelectronics. Currently, he is the Director of the Land Trust, buying and preserving 251 acres of land for the environmental group, the Passaic River Coalition.

He volunteers for many environmental and sustainability groups at all scales, ranging from some in his town (Cranford), the State, to internationally, helping NGOs and students in South Africa, Brazil, and Europe.

He has published in The Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations,, and occasionally writes op-ed pieces for local and state newspapers; makes presentations on aspects of sustainability; and testifies to state agencies.
As a perpetual student, he has a BA in Psychology from Rutgers College, an MBA in Economics and MA in Humanities & Social Thought from NYU, and is pursuing a Certificate from NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. He has taken additional courses with some of the giants of the sustainability field.  He was named a Finalist as “Green Executive of the Year” by NJBiz Magazine.


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Bill Russell, M.B.A;  ISE Senior Fellow, Sustainability Metrics

B.A., University of Maryland; MBA , Rutgers University

Mr. Russell is a leader in advancing sustainable development aligned strategies, management systems, process improvement programs, performance measurement systems and implementing best practice information technology solutions. He works with a broad range of worldwide clients including small and large corporations; government and intergovernmental organizations; NGOs, non-profits and Universities.

Bill is a Principal of Transitioning to Green, LLC (TTG), whose mission is to help companies and individuals identify business and career opportunities that are emerging in conjunction with a new Green Economy. TTG responsibilities include leading its Sustainability Assessment and Consulting Services and administering its membership and LinkedIn social media communities including its network of affiliated sector and function specific Green Business practitioner leaders. He also serves as a Green Career Coach for the TTG, ISE and FDU’s Petrocelli College Green Career Certification and Job Development Program which is a New Jersey State DOL’s Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) service (Click Here) for unemployed workers.

Bill is also a Managing Director of SustainEdge, helping that St. Louis-based company transition its business from general project management services to its current focus on holistic Sustainability Program Management and helping companies journey towards sustainability while maintaining and enhancing profits.

Bill is co-author of The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook, published by Greenleaf Publishing and previously served as the US environmental practice leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is an adjunct professor at FDU and in conjunction with ISE is advising communities on how to become more sustainable, including serving as Chairman of the Green Team for Leonia, New Jersey.


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Gerard Farias, Ph.D;  Chair, Silberman College Curriculum Committee; Associate Professor of Management, Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University

B.S., Ness Nadia College of Commerce, India; M.B.A., Xavier Labor Relations Institute, India; M.S., Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Dr. Farias' core areas of expertise are organizational design and change, with specific emphasis on the design of High Performance Work Systems. He is particularly interested in the application of complexity theory to the organization sciences. He has published in journals like the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Human Resource Planning Journal and Organizational Development Journal. He has presented his work at major conferences like the Academy of Management, the Irish Academy of Management and the Eastern and Western Academies of Management.


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Jonathan Cloud, M.A; ISE Fellow, Sustainability Innovation

B.A. (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington, N.Z.; M.A., Sociology, York University, Toronto, Cana

Jonathan Cloud is a lifelong environmentalist, community organizer, and entrepreneur. An early pioneer in passive-solar design and construction in Canada in the 1970s and 80s, as well as an environmental community activist, he received a UN Environment Award in 1985, in recognition of his work in renewable energy, conservation, and appropriate technology.

His career has spanned journalism, politics, invention, housing design and construction, database, software, and Internet development, financial services, networking, nonprofits, network marketing, and sustainable business development.

He has lived in over a dozen countries, spoken several languages, and published articles and translations. His passion, however, is human transformation and empowerment in the broadest sense. He was a longtime volunteer and IFLP Leader with Landmark Education, a university lecturer, a Millionaire Mind graduate, and the founder of a successful local business network in one of the wealthiest areas in the U.S.

His current focus is on assisting entrepreneurs with start-up ventures in renewable energy, CO2 reduction, and other environmental technologies, as well as with emerging business models involving carbon trading, sustainability consulting, and sustainable social enterprises.


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BS, State Academy of Culture, Kharkiv, Ukraine; MBA, Fairleigh Dickinson University; PhD Candidate, Rutgers University

As an FDU student team leader, Olena won one of five Honorable Mentions in Aspen Institute's2013 Business & Society International MBA Case Competition. She was actively engaged in promoting social corporate responsibility practices during her professional career. Olena made efforts to diminish negative environmental impact of a production process. Her research interests include supply chain management and sustainable development.



Claire Sommer, B.A.; ISE Fellow for Media and Communications

B.A.,Rutgers UniversityISE Principals Claire Sommer LOGO

Claire Sommer is a sustainability writer based in WestOrange, NJ. Since 1999, her business writing consultancy, Kayak Media, hashelped Fortune 500 companies tell their stories. Clients include WyndhamWorldwide, Unilever, McGraw Hill, BNY Mellon and Aetna.

In recent years, Claire's work has centered onsustainability writing and helping sustainable businesses grow. In 2013 sheco-authored a first-of-its-kind Agenda21 Toolkit to help NJ municipalities better understand theanti-sustainable development campaign. She also writes for Greenbiz,Sustainable Brands and Green People Media. At the Institute for SustainableEnterprise, Claire works on the Institute’s marketing and social mediaplatforms. She is a Certified Rutgers Environmental Steward, a NOLs (National OutdoorLeadership School) alumna, and a graduate of the LeaderShip for Sustainabilityprogram. In her personal life, Claire is a four-season gardener and holds aBritish Canoe Union 3-Star sea-kayaking certificate.



Gwen Jones LOGOGwen Jones, Ph.D; Associate Professor of Management and Chair, Management Department, Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University

BA, Gustavus Adolphus College, BS University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS St. Mary's University, Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York

Dr. Jones specializes in change management, management skills, and human resource management. Her research interests include effectiveness of change management strategies, unethical behavior in organizations, and diversity issues. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Human Resource Management Review, and Journal of Business Ethics among others. She has conducted executive training and organizational change consulting in a variety of profit and non-profit organizations.



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Daniel Twomey, DBA;  Director Emeritus, ISE, and Retired ISE Director of International Relationships; Director Emeritus, CHRMS; Professor of Management, Silberman College of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University

BS, MS, State University of New York at Albany; DBA, Kent State University

 Daniel Twomey is published in the areas of enterprise sustainability, competitiveness, strategy, corporate entrepreneurship, organization design and business-academic relationships in E: CO-Emergence: Complexity and Organization, Competitiveness Review, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior and the Journal of Small Business Management. Dr. Twomey is a national leader in creating partnerships between business and academia and is Director Emeritus and a co-founder of the Center for Human Resource Management Studies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of LearnShare. Professor Twomey has taught and conducted research at West Virginia University, University of Bradford, England, University College Galway, and Durham University Business School, England.




Joel Harmon, Ph.D., Executive Director ISE; Professor of Management



Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, External Relations and Services


Kent Fairfield, Ph.D., ISE Faculty Lead on Sustainability Education; Associate Professor of Management


Matt Polsky, Senior Fellow, Public Policy


Bill Russell,  Senior Fellow, Sustainability Metrics; Principal, Transitioning to Green



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