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Kate Rebernak

Kate Rebernak

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.

Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy

Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy

President and COO

Aleksandra is a leading practitioner in sustainability strategy and communications. She provides strategic sustainability counsel and implementation support to multinational corporations in diverse industries. Aleksandra helps companies identify their material issues and align sustainability efforts with business strategy and financial performance. She also manages reporting teams and processes, develops GRI-based reports, and crafts approaches to ensure effective stakeholder engagement.

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.

Sun McElderry

Sun McElderry

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.

Alec Lager

Alec Lager

Director, Strategic Services

Alec’s work and perspectives draw from diverse experience in investment management, sustainability research, and travel. Alec helps shape thought leadership, research initiatives, and consulting services that deliver strategic value to clients, and he assists in the development of client reporting, performance improvement, and strategic guidance materials.
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.

Kevin Kromash

Kevin Kromash

Director of Projects and Systems

Kevin’s expertise lies in managing complex projects, creative problem-solving, strategic planning, and communications. At Framework, he manages all aspects of project planning and execution, coordinates resources for projects, implements new systems, and works to improve the efficiency of operations.Prior to joining Framework, Kevin was Program Manager for the “Corporation 2020” initiative at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where he oversaw communications, event planning, finances, and research. In previous roles, he has planned international conferences, evaluated business leadership, and conducted various research studies.

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.

KT Michaelson

KT Michaelson

Director of Analytics

KT’s perspective on corporate sustainability has grown out of her love of the great outdoors, an academic background in business and sustainability, living abroad, and an on-going mission to make a difference in the world. These experiences allow her to analyze sustainability issues critically, and provide a unique technical perspective on climate change issues. KT has previously worked on sustainability initiatives for New York City’s Department of Park and Recreation and interned for Scotland’s 2020 climate group.
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.

Wells Peterson

Wells Peterson

Senior Analyst

Wells’ interest in sustainability is driven by his multidisciplinary perspective on the rapidly changing state of the world, underpinned by his broad interests in business, finance, ethics, and human behavior.At Framework, Wells analyzes information for the firm’s client services and internal research projects. With a passion for financial markets and a facility with technology, he is always on the lookout for new ways to use data to uncover and convey meaning.

Prior to joining Framework, Wells worked with sustainability-focused investor group Ceres. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

Michelina Docimo

Michelina Docimo

Director of Operations and Talent

Michelina has more than 10 years of administrative experience supporting environmentally focused companies, ranging from an international rendering company and an award-winning landscape architecture firm to an innovative sustainable architecture design practice that offered integrated green energy services. She holds dual degrees in English and agriculture and natural resources with a concentration in landscape architecture from the University of Connecticut. She is also a certified sustainable building advisor who has performed an in-depth assessment of Stamford’s Homeless Shelter and identified areas for improvement related to green and sustainable design, technology systems, and resident programs.
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.

Cristina Tyler

Cristina Tyler

Analyst

Cristina has built her career studying methods that achieve organizational change in the pursuit of environmental sustainability. Her work draws from experience in investment management, environmental policy and marine science. The passion she has developed is to become knowledgeable in business strategies that embrace sustainability factors as a means of enriching the kinds of ideas that reconnect business with the changing world.Prior to joining Framework, Cristina worked as an Environmental Policy Specialist at the US Department of Energy. She holds two Master’s degrees: Sustainability Management from Columbia University and Environmental Policy from the University of Denver. Cristina was raised in a multi-cultural family. Spanish was her first language. In her travels outside the United States, she has learned to communicate in different cultures. All have added to her appreciation of the need to resolve sustainability issues through ideas manifested by a wide range of experts.

Ryan Brandenburg

Ryan Brandenburg

Project Coordinator

Ryan’s devotion to corporate sustainability is born out of his service background. Through the
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.

Cecile Girard

Cecile Girard

Office and Operations Manager

Cecile brings a wealth of corporate operational experience to Framework. She is a dedicated, enthusiastic, and creative Administrative Manager with more 13 years supporting teams in the real estate and technology sectors. Prior to joining Framework, Cecile was the Administrative Manager at Seaboard Properties, a real estate firm based in Stamford, Connecticut. Cecile also served as gate-keeper and personal assistant to the president and founder of the Internet Equal Educational Access Foundation, which brokers donations of corporate underutilized bandwidth to serve global research and educational institutions.Cecile is deeply passionate about enriching the lives of children through quality performing arts education. As a dancer, teacher and choreographer for over 30 years, Cecile has participated in several Arts Mentorship Programs and performance benefits, which provided dance and performing arts education to low income and at-risk youth.

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.