Founder and CEO
Kate has 23 years of experience as a strategic advisor and communicator. A former commercial-litigation attorney whose clients included NationsBank (now Bank of America), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Resolution Trust Corporation, Kate advises global corporations on corporate strategy, managing for sustainability, and communicating corporate performance.
In 2003 she founded Framework LLC, a consultancy that helps companies understand, improve, and communicate their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance in the context of business risk and opportunity, financial results, and brand equity. Kate is primarily responsible for the firm’s consulting work with clients on corporate strategy and ESG integration into strategy and operations.
Kate publishes and speaks frequently on the strategic value of sustainable business practices. She serves on the Ethical Corporation editorial advisory board, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Advisory Council, and the board of directors of Cornerstone Capital Inc. In addition, Kate 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 and a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of Texas. She lives in Nyack, New York, with her husband and two children and serves on the board of trustees of the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, New York.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies. He was heavily
involved in the production of various social justice documentaries.
In his role, Dan writes and designs content to help Framework and its clients communicate the value of sustainable thought and action. He helps translate Framework’s technical expertise to be understood by a range of audiences and across formats, including articles, infographics, reports, white papers, and digital presentations.
Dan previously wrote articles for The Motley Fool, an investment news and commentary website, and created a mobile application to help mitigate food waste that was featured on the BBC, NPR, and CNBC. He holds a B.B.A. from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.