Founder and CEO
With more than 25 years of experience as a strategic thinker, advisor, and communicator, Kate has been advising companies her entire professional life. Formerly a commercial-litigation attorney whose clients included federal financial institutions, banks, and insurance and other public companies, Kate brings together a variety of perspectives to inform her work with clients. In 2003 she founded Framework LLC. Kate directs the company’s research and leads the firm’s consulting work with clients on integrating consideration for ESG issues into corporate strategy and operations. Some of the organizations that she has advised for many years are The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, NVIDIA, Symantec, and the Global Compact Network USA.
Kate frequently speaks and writes on the value of ESG integration and the effective management of ESG issues. Her work has been published in Ethical Corporation, Green Biz, The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking, and Triple Pundit. In addition, Framework’s work culture and research have been mentioned in Harvard Business School publications, Forbes, and Bloomberg.
Kate serves on the board of directors of Cornerstone Capital Inc. and chairs the board’s nominating and governance committee. In addition, she serves on the Ethical Corporation editorial advisory board and has served as a guest lecturer at the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY) Business and the Environment Consulting Clinic since 2009.
Kate holds a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri at Columbia, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and a lifetime member of Net Impact. She lives in Nyack, New York, with her husband and two children.
President and COO
As part of Framework’s thought leadership efforts, Aleksandra oversees research at the firm, including the evaluation of linkages between materiality analysis and strategic sustainability. She regularly reviews sustainability reports for Ethical Corporation magazine and speaks about sustainability strategy and communications at conferences and seminars.
Aleksandra previously worked as a Regional Innovations Coordinator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, helping companies participate in “beyond-compliance” initiatives such as Project XL and Performance Track. She holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Connecticut.
Chief Engagement Officer
Sun has twenty years of experience in media, content development, and corporate communications. Prior to joining Framework, Sun served as an account director in the New York and Seattle offices of Story Worldwide, a leading global custom media agency, where he helped Bank of America, UPS, and Holland America Lines, among other clients, develop award-winning publications, shareholder communications, and marketing programs.
Sun has also written, edited, and managed publishing projects for numerous magazine and book publishers, including Condé Nast and Grove/Atlantic, where he edited the 2003 New York Times nonfiction bestseller Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, which traces the roots of the modern corporate responsibility concept to the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy. His involvement with social and environmental causes includes time spent as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, volunteer teacher and mentor to migrant workers and urban youth, and producer of benefit concerts. Born in South America and raised in the Caribbean, Sun is now based in Seattle.
Director, Strategic Services
Since Alec joined Framework, he has conducted benchmark and materiality analyses, ESG integration, and Sustainable Value™ Assessment projects on behalf of clients and has applied the results of these analyses in the course of sustainability reporting and other advisory work.
Alec works closely with the firm’s partners to track and assess emerging trends in sustainability—such as increasing investor use of ESG data—and, ultimately, empower clients to pursue new opportunities in the space.
Prior to joining the firm, Alec conducted due diligence and business analysis projects for Boston-area companies including Pax World Mutual Funds, Landslides Aerial Photography, and Autoworks, Inc. Alec holds bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Connecticut College.
Director of Projects and Systems
He is a Research Fellow at the High Meadows Institute. He holds an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and two graduate degrees from Yale University – in Environmental Management and International & Development Economics.
Director of Analytics
At Framework, KT manages materiality projects and helps companies ensure that their disclosure and strategy are aligned with ESG standards and best practices. As an expert in the Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, UNGC principles, and other disclosure frameworks, she supports reporting projects by tracking adherence, conducting benchmarks and research, and strategizing ways to optimize disclosures. KT is an FSA Credential Level II Candidate, a certification developed by SASB to identify leaders in sustainability accounting.
Prior to joining Framework, KT earned her MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh, where she focused on climate change science and the implications for society and business. She holds a B.B.A from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Director of Operations and Talent
Michelina writes on issues of environment, architecture, art, and sustainability and her writings have appeared in CT Green Scene, The New England Real Estate Journal, ARTES Magazine, d’Art International magazine, and Culture Catch. In 2012, Michelina released her first book, Echoes: Listening to the Voices in Spirited Trees. Embracing the “Think globally, act locally” ethic, her book is a collection of poems, artwork, and interviews with Connecticut individuals building sustainable community.
Michelina brings her skills and passions to Framework’s office manager role, a capacity in which she manages office operations, provides marketing and research support, and is responsible for internal and external event planning and oversight.
AmeriCorps City Year program, Ryan spent a year as a tutor and mentor for Boston Public School students in low-income communities. His service was made possible by corporate sponsorship, and Ryan experienced the progressive impact that can be made when businesses invest in social and environmental causes.
At Framework, Ryan supports project leads in coordinating tasks, time-lines, and deliverables. Ryan also serves as the Network Contact for the Global Compact Network USA, where he organizes communications and programming for the Network’s 600+ members, and provides strategic counsel to its Board of Directors.
Ryan graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies. He was heavily
involved in the production of various social justice documentaries.
Office and Operations Manager
Cecile holds an associate’s degree in Arts and Humanities and a B.S. in Business Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. She was born in Germany and raised in Québec, Canada. She lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with her husband and her beloved Chihuahua, Josie.