3rd Annual Design for Freedom Summit

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024 | 10 am – 6 pm
registration opens at 9 am
Grace Farms

Join us for the 3rd annual Design for Freedom Summit — a momentous day of action and awareness. Hear from leading experts across sectors who are working to eradicate forced and child labor from the built environment.

Since holding the first annual summit in 2021, Grace Farms has welcomed more than 800 attendees representing industry professionals and university students united in the fight against forced labor in the building materials supply chain.

AIA CES Approved 4 LU | HSW
SARA CES Approved 4 LU | HSW

Grace Farms Member: $120

Members, please email us for assistance with registration.

panels • roundtables • tours
jazz breakfast • cocktail reception

Sharon Prince, CEO & Founder

We are not just in agreement that forced labor in the building materials supply chain is unethical and immoral. We are in agreement that now is the time for action and true market transformation to design and build more humanely.



Registration and Breakfast

Jazz with Marcus G. Miller & The Hummingbirds

10 am

Welcome Address

Sharon Prince, CEO & Founder, Grace Farms

10:15 am

Featured Speaker | Lisa Kristine

Humanitarian Photographer & Activist; Founder of Human Thread Foundation

10:35 am

Realizing the Just Transition

  • Leonardo Bonanni, CEO & Founder, Sourcemap
  • Tim Conway, VP Sustainability, Shaw Industries
  • Claire Weisz, Principal-in-Charge, WXY architecture + urban design
  • Moderated by Nora Rizzo, Ethical Materials Director, Grace Farms

11:20 am

Morning Break

11:40 am

Ethical Decarbonization

  • Fiona Cousins, Director, Americas Chair, Arup
  • James Kitchin, Director of Engineering and Performance &
    Provenance, MASS Design Group
  • John Schultz, EVP & Chief Operating and Legal Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Hind Wildman, Director of Communications and Development, Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture
  • Moderated by Sharon Prince, CEO & Founder, Grace Farms

12:20 pm

Grace Farms Foods

Adam Thatcher, CEO & Co-Founder

12:30 pm

Lunch, Architectural Tours, and Nature Walk

  • Kimberly Kelly, Director of Horticulture, Grace Farms
  • Toshihiro Oki, Architecture Advisor, Grace Farms

2:00 pm

Breakout Sessions | Roundtables, Conversations, and Presentations

Inside Out | Navigating Interior Sourcing in Pilot Projects (Library)

  • Jane Abernethy, CSO, Humanscale
  • Chloe Bendistis, Assistant Director Sustainability Practice, The Sheward Partnershipb
  • Tim Conway, VP Sustainability, Shaw Industries
  • Jessica Murray, Interior Designer, Cushing Terrell

Insights from the Harriet Tubman Monument Pilot Project (Lecture Hall)

  • Edward Bartholomew, Principal, Bartholomew Lighting
  • Nina Cooke John, Principal, Studio Cooke John
  • Jamie Devenger, Chief Innovation Officer, Q-Tran

University Forum (Pavilion)

  • Sarah Billington, Chair and UPS Foundation Professor
    of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford
  • Dr. Michael Crosbie, Critic and Professor of Architecture, University of Hartford
  • Patricia Saldaña Natke, Founding Partner, UrbanWorks; Adjunct Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture; Teaching Assistant Professor at UIUC School of Architecture.
  • Dr. Eric Olson, Mervin Bovaird Foundation Endowed Professorship in Business, Associate Professor of Finance Director of the Center for Energy Studies, The University of Tulsa

Meet the Material Experts (Court)

  • Annie Bevan, CEO, mindful MATERIALS
  • Sarah B. Gregg, Marketing Director, Natural Stone Institute
  • Luke Johnson, Sustainability Specialist, Nucor
  • James Kitchin, Director of Engineering and Performance & Provenance, MASS Design Group
  • Amy Musanti, Director of Sustainable Building Solutions,
  • Jonsara Ruth, Co-Founder & Design Director, Healthy Materials Lab

Supply Chain Mapping Technology (West Barn Hall)

  • Leonardo Bonanni, Founder and CEO, Sourcemap
  • Jared Gilbert, Associate Partner, COOKFOX
  • Shawn MacDonald, CEO, Verité
  • Raphael Sperry, Associate Principal, Arup

Adapting for Climate Futures (East Barn Hall)

  • Ina Dajci, Ph.D. Student, Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture
  • Dr. Christine J. Kirchhoff, Associate Professor, Penn State
  • Dr. Timon McPhearson, Professor of Urban Ecology and Director of the Urban Systems Lab, The New School
  • Annabel Short, Founder, It’s Material

From Proposal to Practice | Navigating to ‘Yes’ (Sanctuary)

  • Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner, BIG
  • Jennifer Downey, Director, ESG, Turner Construction
  • Steven Garcia, Associate Principal, SHoP
  • Leslie King, Attorney at Law, Construction, Carlton Fields
  • Ann Rolland, Partner, FXCollaborative
  • Claire Weisz, Principal-in-Charge, WXY architecture + urban design
  • Moderated by Sharon Prince, CEO & Founder, Grace Farms and Nat Oppenheimer, Senior Principal, TYLin | Silman Structural Solutions

3:30 pm

Pilot Project Announcements, With Every Fiber Exhibit

3:45 pm

The Financial Case Against Forced Labor

  • Preeti Bhattacharji, Head of Sustainable Investing, JP Morgan Chase
  • Maha Khan, Financial Sector Lead, Financing Against Slavery & Trafficking, United Nations University
  • Ed Marcum, Managing Director, Working Capital Fund
  • Dave Wildman, Global Head Facilities, Workplace Experience, MEP Infrastructure, Bloomberg
  • Moderated by Karen Kariuki, Senior Program Officer, Grace Farms

4:25 pm

Featured Speaker | Nasreen Sheikh

Modern Slavery Survivor, Visionary Leader, Author, Founder of the Empowerment Collective Foundation

4:50 pm

Cocktail Reception


Sharon Prince
CEO and Founder
Grace Farms

Sharon Prince is the CEO and Founder of Grace Farms Foundation. Prince commissioned Pritzker Prize-winning SANAA architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa to design Grace Farms, which has become widely known as a global humanitarian and cultural center located in New Canaan, Connecticut.

The Foundation’s interdisciplinary humanitarian mission is to pursue peace through nature, arts, justice, community, faith, and Design for Freedom, a new movement to eliminate forced labor from the building materials supply chain.

Since opening, Grace Farms has garnered numerous prestigious awards for contributions to architecture, environmental sustainability, and social good, including the AIA National 2017 Architecture Honor Award and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize.

For her work launching Design for Freedom, Prince was recognized by Fast Company as one of the Most Creative People in Business 2022 for “cleaning up construction” and the AIA NY and Center for Architecture recognized her with the NYC Visionary Award.

Jane Abernethy

As Humanscale’s Sustainability Officer, Jane guides the strategic vision and ambitious goal of having a Net Positive impact. Jane implements this vision by guiding the product development effort to create the most sustainable products possible; and by working with the manufacturing facilities to instill sustainability as fundamental way of operating.

Humanscale has been recognized as the first manufacturer to achieve the complete Living Product Challenge, is a founding member of the Net Positive Project, a founding member of the NextWave initiative and a collaborator helping to develop the Design for Freedom toolkit.  Jane is on the board of directors for the mindful Materials, and Vice Chair of BIFMA’s Sustainability Committee.

Edward Bartholomew
Bartholomew Lighting

Edward Bartholomew is the principal of Bartholomew Lighting, a Black-owned design consultancy based in Cambridge, MA. He has more than thirty years of experience designing sustainable, inspiring, and award-winning architectural lighting systems. His extensive project list includes memorials, corporate headquarters, parks, and non-profit facilities.
Edward is an invited speaker on lighting technology, energy efficiency strategies, and social justice at regional, national, and international conferences. In addition, Edward co-teaches lighting design to architecture students at Rhode Island School of Design.
Edward has an MFA in Architectural Lighting Design (1995) from Parsons School of Design. He is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Edward serves on the IES Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Respect (DIER) committee. In addition, Edward is a founding member of Black United In Lighting & Design (BUILDup) and LightJustice.org -a lighting social justice resource & forum that advocates for lighting equity.

Chloe Bendistis
Assistant Director Sustainability Practice
The Sheward Partnership, LLC

Chloe Bendistis, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a licensed architect with over 15 years of experience working closely with architects, owners, and contractors providing sustainable design consulting services. Chloe is currently the Assistant Director of the Sustainability Practice at The Sheward Partnership, LLC, an architecture and sustainability consulting firm located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Beyond LEED, Chloe assists clients with various sustainable design recognition programs, including WELL, Fitwel, ENERGY STAR, BIFMA Level, Design for Freedom, and the Living Building Challenge.

Kai-Uwe Bergmann


Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a Partner globally at BIG, bringing his expertise to proposals around the world, including work in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Working out of the New York office, Kai-Uwe coordinates with BIG’s five international offices, helping lead work in over 40 different countries. Licensed as an architect in the U.S. (sixteen states) and Canada (one province), Kai-Uwe most recently contributed to the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (the BIG U), a resiliency plan that will protect 10 miles of Manhattan’s coastline. Additionally, his work expands to the exhibition and publication of BIG’s literary portfolio by way of Hot to Cold, Yes Is More, Formgiving, and the newest Culture book. He complements his professional work through teaching assignments at Pratt Institute and Georgia Tech. Kai-Uwe is also an AIA Fellow and past board member of the Van Alen Institute, and participates on numerous international juries and in lectures globally on the works of BIG.

Annie Bevan


Annie Bevan is a sustainability collaborator, facilitator, and visionary. Annie doesn’t just want to talk about sustainable impact, she wants to facilitate action to create large scale change, using sustainability as a strategic business enabler. She does this in her role as CEO of mindful MATERIALS.

mindful MATERIAL’s mission is to reverse the embodied impacts of the built environment by driving the use of regenerative and restorative building products that meet an industry-aligned framework for health, sustainability, and resilience.

mindful MATERIALS furthers its mission through a global cross-sector collaboration hub which has developed the Common Materials Framework, which is digitized through its Portal and connected to industry tools, resources, education, and advocacy for the greater benefit of all.

Preeti Bhattacharji
Head of Sustainable Investing
JP Morgan Chase


Preeti is the current Head of Sustainable Investing for JP Morgan’s US Private Bank. She has a decade of experience stewarding sustainable investments, and works with clients and advisors to incorporate sustainability in their portfolios. She served as an assistant director of the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing and a research associate for the Council on Foreign Relations.

Preeti has also completed projects for ImpactAssets, Center4, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and the Rachel Maddow Show.

Sarah Billington
Chair and UPS Foundation Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Stanford University

Sarah Billington is Chair and UPS Foundation Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford. Professor Billington received her B.S.E. in Civil Engineering & Operations Research with high honors from Princeton University in 1990. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study civil engineering at the ETH-Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in 1991. She received her M.S. (1994) and Ph.D (1997) in structural engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Billington was Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University from 1997-2002. She joined the Faculty at Stanford University in 2003.

She has twice been a visiting professor in the Computational Mechanics group in Civil Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, first in 1998 and most recently for the 2008-2009 academic year.. Billington received her B.S.E. in Civil Engineering & Operations Research with high honors from Princeton University in 1990. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study civil engineering at the ETH-Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in 1991.

She received her M.S. (1994) and Ph.D (1997) in structural engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Billington was Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University from 1997-2002. She joined the Faculty at Stanford University in 2003. She has twice been a visiting professor in the Computational Mechanics group in Civil Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, first in 1998 and most recently for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Leonardo Bonanni
Founder and CEO


Leonardo Bonanni is the founder and CEO of Sourcemap, the leading provider of software for supply chain mapping, traceability and transparency. Sourcemap is used by major manufacturers and brands to trace products back to the raw material origins and ensure that social, environmental and operational standards are in place every step of the way. Leo is an advocate for supply chain transparency, he has testified to the US Senate Finance Committee on traceability technology to prevent forced labor and has been named among the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere. He is a frequent lecturer on supply chain transparency, has taught sustainable product design at MIT and Columbia, and holds a PhD and Masters from MIT.

Tim Conway
VP Sustainability
Shaw Industries

As Vice President of Sustainability at Shaw Industries, Tim Conway has changed the company’s attitude toward sustainability- namely that this goal is a collective responsibility.

Tim is focused on the positive effects that sustainable flooring products have on our buildings, and more importantly, the people that occupy and live in the spaces we design.

Tim has worked closely with sustainability leaders within the industry and team at Shaw to reengineer products and supply chains, driving the sustainability movement forward- both for the brand and the industry. For
over 10 years, Tim has been at the forefront of educating and promoting Shaw’s Cradle to Cradle certifications, Declare Labels, HPDs, and EPDs.
His significant product contributions include spearheading the company’s
reclamation program, introducing Biobased resilient flooring, eliminating coal fly ash, among others.

Fiona Cousins
Director, Americas Chair

Fiona Cousins is Arup’s Americas Region Chair, a member of the Arup Group Board, and an Arup Fellow – an honorary title awarded to exceptional leaders in the firm who demonstrate world-class vision and initiative through their work. Before becoming Americas Chair at Arup, Fiona served as the Deputy Chair of the Digital Executive and the Automation Leader for the firm with the mission of advancing digital transformation and sustainable development. She is a mechanical engineer by profession and has worked on a wide range of award-winning projects across the globe, including the US Embassy in London and Fulton Street Station in New York among others.
Under Fiona’s leadership, Arup’s Americas region of over 1,800 members across 14 offices in the US, Canada, and Colombia, is sharply focused on delivering a more sustainable and equitable built environment. Fiona is a valued advisor on critical climate legislation and was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Corey Johnson to the New York City Advisory Board for Local Law 97 in 2019. 
She is a Fellow of CIBSE and a LEED Fellow. She was honored with AIA NY’s Award of Merit in 2017. She was the Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council in 2016 and is currently President-Elect of CIBSE. In 2023 she was honored with NYECC’s ENYA award for her work on sustainability issues. In 2023 she gave a TEDx talk on Climate and Design.

Dr. Michael Crosbie
Professor of Architecture
University of Hartford

Michael J. Crosbie, PhD, FAIA, has made significant contributions in the fields of architectural journalism, research, teaching, and practice.
Having served as an editor at Architecture: The AIA Journal, Progressive Architecture, ArchitectureWeek.com, and is editor-in-chief of Faith & Form, a quarterly journal on religious art and architecture, he is also a frequent contributor to Architectural Record and writes about architecture and design for the Hartford Courant.

While he has appeared as an architectural expert on The History Channel, he is also the author of more than 20 books on architecture (including five books for children) and has edited and contributed to more than 20 others. Crosbie’s work is also frequently featured on CommonEdge.

Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University and Catholic University and has lectured and served as a visiting critic at architecture schools in North America and abroad, including the University of California (Berkeley), the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and the Moscow Architectural Institute.

Crosbie is a registered architect in the State of Connecticut and has practiced with Centerbrook Architects & Planners and Steven Winter Associates.

Ina Dajci
Ph.D. Student
Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture

Ina Dajci is a Ph.D. student at Yale CEA, where her research revolves around the future of architectural design culture using transdisciplinary approaches that prioritize enhancing biodiversity and devising innovative systems for integrating living behaviors into design criteria.   She earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from The City College of New York, CUNY, with a minor in Art History. During her academic journey, Ina developed a keen interest in interdisciplinary research and a strong commitment to humanitarian causes.  Ina has actively engaged in numerous research projects at the intersection of Art and Architecture, one of which is “The Architecture of Displacement.” In this project, she conducts in-depth research alongside Afghan refugees to investigate and address unsustainable housing practices for displaced individuals.   Her primary focus lies in addressing climate change and recognizing it as the most critical design problem of our time. Her overarching goal is to confront substantial challenges within the built environment by placing social and environmental justice at the forefront. Ina advocates for an architecture that enriches all aspects of life, extending its impact beyond humans to encompass the diverse range of species, ecosystems, and genes on Earth.   In her research endeavors, Ina strives to contribute to the development of novel approaches to design with ecological awareness, countering the detrimental effects of non-renewable energy sources, unethical consumerism, and unsustainable agricultural practices that have exploited emerging economies, leading to humanitarian crises such as food insecurity, mass displacement, human rights violations, and climate change. 

Jamie Devenger
Chief Innovation Officer

Jamie is a lighting professional with 13+ years’ experience, including lighting design, sales, product development, and manufacturing.

She found lighting design as a profession during her time at The Pennsylvania State University from which she holds both a Bachelor’s and Master of Architectural Engineering.

After a summer internship with Fisher Marantz Stone in New York City, she returned full time upon graduation. During her nearly nine years with the firm, she designed and managed projects across a comprehensive portfolio of market sectors, including commercial, museum, hospitality, historical, residential, retail, and themed environment.

She transitioned to the manufacturing side of the industry in 2019 when she joined Reggiani USA, where she oversaw the operation of sales and marketing in North America.

Jamie joined Q-Tran in 2021 as a Regional Sales Manager for the northeast market. She was promoted to Chief Innovation Officer in 2024. Her deep understanding of the market and expertise in lighting design and performance are crucial to continuing Q-Tran’s legacy of groundbreaking product innovations.

Jamie’s expertise and creativity have earned her industry-wide recognition, including being named one of the recipients of the 40 Under 40 Lighting Awards in 2021.

She is LC certified and also a LEED AP BD+C, focusing on sustainability in all endeavors.

Jamie currently resides in Hoboken, NJ, where she enjoys lots of walks with her tow year old twin boys and mini Australian shepherd.

Jennifer Downey
ESG, Turner Construction

As director of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) at Turner Construction company, Jennifer brings her background in architecture and passion for innovation, to the purpose of advancing the industry with a focus on people and the planet. After beginning her career in architectural practice in Virginia and New York, Jennifer shifted her focus to advancing virtual design and construction and innovation in the construction industry. In her current role in ESG, Jennifer leads efforts to define, measure, and deliver a healthy, prosperous, and sustainable future for our people, clients, partners and their workers, and the environment. 

Steven Garcia
Associate Principal

Steven Garcia is an associate principal at SHoP and has played an integral role in the design and delivery of high-profile projects globally, bringing an expertise in performance-driven processes to placemaking for several of the firm’s leading planning and design projects, including the Botswana Innovation Hub and Fulbright University Vietnam, The Brooklyn Tower and master plans for LaGuardia and JFK Airports in New York, and multiple large-scale tech campuses and innovation districts in Washington, California, and Florida.

Through his work at SHoP, he advocates for models that advance the social performance of the built environment, leveraging technology to promote resilience and responsibility through active engagement across complex consortiums of stakeholders. His leadership toward building sustainable outcomes extends to the academy, where he has taught an interoperable design approach at leading institutions, and to the practice, where he has helped guide development of SHoP’s sustainability-focused impact framework.

Jared Gilbert
Associate Partner

Jared is Associate Partner and Director of Communications and manages the studio’s external relations, marketing, and business development activities. His research, writing and speaking interests are at the intersections of sustainability, architecture and urbanism, and spirituality and social justice. His writing for COOKFOX includes “The Fifth Façade: Designing Nature in the City” and “Toward the Future City: An Ethical Design Philosophy for Urban Habitats.”

His recent speaking engagement included sessions at Greenbuild and at NESEA’s BuildingEnergy conferences on the topics of social equity, supply chains transparency and architectural practice. Jared currently serves on the Design for Freedom Working Group on behalf of COOKFOX.

Sarah B. Gregg
Marketing Director
Natural Stone Institute

As marketing director of the Natural Stone Institute, Sarah is responsible for building awareness and relevance for key natural stone industry initiatives, including: sustainability, natural stone promotion, and advocacy groups such as Women in Stone. Prior to joining the Natural Stone Institute full time in 2021, Sarah contracted with several companies and associations in the natural stone industry which contribute to her multifaceted perspectives. Since 2019, she has spearheaded the industry’s sustainability initiatives, notably managing the publication of three industry-wide Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), overseeing (2) significant updates to the Natural Stone Sustainability Standard, and serving as the administrator of the industry’s Sustainability committee.

Nina Cooke John
Studio Cooke John

Nina Cooke John’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Dwell, NBC’s Open House, the Center for Architecture’s 2018 exhibition, Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture and PBS NewsHour Weekend.

Born in Jamaica, Nina has always been inspired by the creativity she witnessed in her homeland: the art of people transforming everyday hardships and limitations into innovative solutions through multiple spheres of life. She imbues the spirit of transformation and innovation into every design project, from the structure of a home’s interior to the streetscape of a city block.

Nina began her professional career designing houses in Connecticut, Arizona and Virginia with the architecture firm Voorsanger and Associates. She went on to work on large cultural institutional projects like the New York Botanical Gardens master plan, the Clinton Library and the Biltmore Theater at Polshek Partnership (now Ennead).

Luke Johnson
Sustainability Specialist
Karen Kariuki
Senior Program Officer
Grace Farms

Karen has spent the last twenty years building a career in the philanthropic, not-for-profit, and private sectors – leading innovative solutions at the crossroads of the respective fields. Her broad-based experience and deep expertise have given her a passion for creating social impact, driving change, and delivering results.

Prior to becoming Grace Farms Foundation’s first West-Coast based Senior Program Officer to expand awareness about Grace Farms Foundation’s work and Design for Freedom, a new movement to eliminate forced labor in the building materials supply chain, Karen was the Foundation’s Community Initiative Director, leading the Foundation’s focused work fostering inclusive communities with a focus on gender and racial equality and food equity.

Maha Khan
Financial Sector Lead
Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking, United Nations University

Maha is Financial Sector Lead with the Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) initiative, a project based at United Nations University Centre for Policy Research. Hailing from Pakistan, Maha has over 15 years of experience spearheading and managing multi-million-dollar research and strategic operations programs in 15 countries across Asia, Africa and the US, focusing on sustainable finance and technology for good.

Prior to joining UNU-CPR, Maha led the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) at Accion FinTech data initiatives that bridge the information gap between financial service providers, investors, and donors.

Leslie King
Attorney at Law, Construction
Carlton Fields

Leslie practices all aspects of construction law.  Her clients include residential and commercial owners, contractors, and she has extensive experience representing design professionals, including architects, engineers, landscape architects, and interior designers. She has handled numerous mediations, arbitrations, and litigation matters in state, federal, and tribal court, as well as many significant appeals.

Notably, Leslie was named the 2020 Connecticut Law Tribune “Attorney of the Year” for her victory on behalf of the city of Hartford in a significant, contentious, and complex jury trial that lasted more than four weeks. She served as lead attorney for Hartford for all disputes arising out of the construction of a minor league baseball stadium, including the termination of the developer and contractor. She also negotiated a takeover agreement with the surety, requiring completion of the stadium with a new contractor. In July 2019, Leslie won the high-profile jury verdict in which the fired developer and contractor sought $90 million in damages for an alleged wrongful termination. Not only did the jury find no wrongful termination, but it also awarded damages to Hartford. Leslie also was successful in post-verdict motions concerning the development of parcels surrounding the ballpark, enabling Hartford to move forward with a new developer. Leslie continues to represent the city of Hartford in the appeal arising out of the baseball park litigation.

Leslie regularly presents at the American Institute of Architects Connecticut chapter on legal issues affecting design professionals, and she has lectured at the Yale School of Architecture’s professional practices seminar. She previously served as a member of the board of trustees of Preservation Connecticut, which is dedicated to preserving the state’s historic architecture and neighborhoods. Leslie also is a member of the Grace Farms Foundation Architecture and Construction Working Group, which is working to raise awareness of forced labor in construction supply chains around the world.

Dr. Christine J. Kirchhoff
Associate Professor
Penn State

Dr. Christine J. Kirchhoff, an Associate Professor with the School of Engineering Design and Innovation at Penn State. Dr. Kirchhoff has expertise in climate science for decision making, for a conversation exploring climate futures, nature-based solutions, and the power of place to inspire climate-positive action.

James Kitchin
Director of Engineering and Performance & Provenance
MASS Design

James has a background in structural and civil engineering and deep expertise in designing with healthy, natural, and non-conventional materials. He has also led research and policy change around building materials and embodied carbon. James strives to minimise the footprint of the built environment through intimate knowledge of place and process, and to maximise the maker’s handprint through collaboration. As lead of the Performance & Provenance department at MASS, he is committed to imagining, advocating and implementing regenerative practices.

Lisa Kristine
Photographer, Humanitarian, and Activist
Human Thread Foundation

Lisa Kristine is an International humanitarian photographer specializing in indigenous peoples and social causes. Through her work, Lisa wishes to encourage a dialogue about the beauty, diversity and hardship of our inter-locking world. The more meaning born in the images, the deeper that dialogue may be. Lisa Kristine aims to enhance her viewer’s awareness and engage them in a visual journey that is also a questioning of our existence. She wants to welcome them into the exploration of our mysterious existence with a spirit of importance, astonishment and hope.

For more than thirty years, Lisa Kristine has explored the globe, looking for the peoples, cultures and places that time forgot, creating indelible and unforgettable images. She brings the distant and the ancient and the rare into clearer focus. Best known for her evocative and saturated use of color, her fine art prints are among the most sought after and collected in her field.

Shawn MacDonald

Shawn is CEO of Verité and previously led Verité’s research, program, and policy work. Verite promotes workers’ rights in global supply chains through research, consulting, and policy advocacy. He has spent more than 25 years advocating for effective labor policies through civil society advocacy. He has worked for a variety of civil society organizations in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe and has broad international and domestic experience in labor rights, corporate social responsibility, and social entrepreneurship.

Dr. Timon McPhearson
Professor of Urban Ecology and Director of the Urban Systems Lab
The New School

Dr. Timon McPhearson is Professor of Urban Ecology at the New School, Founder and Director of the Urban Systems Lab, and research faculty at the Tishman Environment and Design Center. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He is a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a Contributing Author to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services (IPBES), and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Commission on BiodiverCities.

In 2019 he was awarded the Sustainability Science Award and the Innovation in Sustainability Science Award by the Ecological Society of America and again awarded the Sustainability Science Award in 2023. In 2020 he was named an NYC Climate Hero by the NYC Dept. of Transportation and Human Impacts Institute and appointed by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to the NYC Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) in 2020. In 2020, McPhearson was awarded the 2022 Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity as a member of the IPCC and IPBES.

His research takes an interdisciplinary systems approach to advancing urban climate change adaptation, environmental justice, and resilience. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles in top scientific and interdisciplinary planning journals.

He is founding Associate Editor of Nature’s npj Urban Sustainability journal, Associate Editor of Ecology and Society, and on the editorial board of Nature-based Solutions, Urban Transformations, BioScience and other journals and book series. His work is widely covered in the press including in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, and New York Times Magazine, among others. He has testified before the European Commission and serves as advisor to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, UNDP, UN HABITAT as well as IUCN and ICLEI urban sustainability initiatives.

Ed Marcum
Managing Director
Working Capital Fund

As Managing Partner at Working Capital Fund, Ed brings more than 20 years of experience working on issues related to human rights and venture capital investing to his leadership of the Fund. Prior to Working Capital Fund, Ed spent over a decade at Humanity United where he established the direction of the foundation’s grant-making and impact investing efforts to address forced labor in corporate supply chains. He has experience working across the for-profit, not-for profit, and public policy arenas and has held senior management positions at World Links and Global Education Partnership as well as positions at the Oracle Corporation and the Council on Foreign Relations. Ed received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California Berkeley, and an MBA/MA from The Wharton School and the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Marcus G. Miller
Music Director
Grace Farms Foundation


Marcus G. Miller is the first Music Director for the Foundation. He began studying saxophone at age nine and developed a passion that put him on stage at 13. With gifts extending beyond music, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Mathematics. After a short stint at a major hedge fund he moved to New York City to pursue music. He soon developed a reputation as a versatile and virtuosic player, while studying music production and engineering under Grammy-Winning Engineer “Bassy” Bob Brockman (Notorious B.I.G, Herbie Hancock, D’Angelo).

Marcus has performed at the Obama White House, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In addition, he has worked with jazz giants ELEW and Jazzmeia Horn, as well as major artists like Jon Batiste, The Fugees and Madonna.

Marcus maintains his interest in mathematics and physics by giving talks that highlight the relationship between math and music. He has been featured at two TED talks at The National Museum of Mathematics, and was invited to be the inaugural artist in residence with the Brown University Physics Department in 2022.

Jessica Murray
Interior Designer
Cushing Terrell


Jessica Murray (IIDA, NCIDQ), is an interior designer with Cushing Terrell. Alongside her design colleagues — Jill Lee (IIDA, NCIDQ, WELL AP, LFA), Jessica Earp (IIDA, NCIDQ, RID, LEED Green Associate, LFA), and Elna Albano (IIDA, NCIDQ, LFA) — they lead the firm’s Social Environmental Interior Designers (SEID) group for the firm. Their mission is to reduce the environmental footprint of each project through a foundation of responsible, environmentally sound, and socially aware design. The team focuses on specifying healthy materials, conserving resources, reflecting local identity, and promoting social equity. 

Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, Jessica went on to spend five years living in Australia before settling in Kalispell, MT. Along her travels, she took a several year break from her design career to work with non-profit organizations with a primary focus on combating forms of exploitation and slavery of women & children in Southeast Asia. This played a huge role in informing her empathetic and human-focused design ethic over her 10+ year career. 

After learning about Design for Freedom’s work, it immediately felt like an important partnership for the Cushing Terrell SEID team. After crafting an external outreach program to extend awareness of the issue to manufacturing partners, engaging in a pilot project was a logical next step.

Amy Musanti
Director of Sustainable Building Solutions

Amy Musanti joined ASSA ABLOY in 2007 and currently serves as the Director of Sustainable Building Solutions where she supports the firm’s opportunities creating products and solutions that deliver energy efficiency for the commercial and institutional construction industry. She is a Certified Sustainability Manager and LEED Green Associate and is a member of the Connecticut Living Building Challenge Collaborative, the USGBC Connecticut chapter, and NYC Urban Green Council.

Patricia Saldaña Natke
Founding Partner


Patricia Saldaña Natke is Founding Partner of UrbanWorks and as President oversees design excellence for every project. Her extraordinary record of public service imbues the firm with a strong civic ethic.

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, Pat has served as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Facilitator at Archeworks, and as a Masters in Architecture Thesis Advisor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the IIT College of Architecture and Teaching Assistant Professor at UIUC School of Architecture.

Prior to founding UrbanWorks, she worked in design positions for several award-winning Chicago architectural firms.

Among her professional accomplishments, Pat chaired the National AIA Diversity Committee for the American Institute of Architects. Pat was recently listed in in the “2014: 50 Chicago Designers” by New City, one of the five Emerging Designers by Crain’s Chicago in 2014, and in Crain’s 2020 and 2021 Notable Women in Construction. In 2018 Pat was elevated to the AIA’s College of Fellows in the Design Category. In 2022 she received the Arquitectos Society of Hispanic Architects Legacy Award.

Toshihiro Oki
Architecture Advisor
Grace Farms


Toshihiro Oki, an architect and active member of the Design for Freedom Working Group, develops and conducts programs and tours that offer unique insights into the architectural choices that informed the River building’s distinct look and award-winning design. As a member of the Working Group, he also provides an informed perspective to not only industry professionals but to the public at large on how buildings, homes, and landscapes can be designed and built with materials less at risk of forced labor.

He established his office in New York after working for several years at the Japanese architectural office of SANAA / Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa (Pritzker Prize 2010) to build the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City and the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion in Ohio. Since 2009, he has been working on his own independent projects. Oki is licensed to practice architecture in New York and has taught architecture studio at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Princeton University Graduate School of Architecture.

Architecture should raise the human imagination beyond the conventional everyday. This requires an unconventional process. The experience of bridging the cultural gap of international teams, clients and locations has led to the focus of thinking globally and acting locally. Every project has a unique set of conditions that requires both an open perspective and a focused process. In order to expand the possibilities, each project team is assembled from a trusted group of associates, engineers and builders based on the project’s specific needs. This creates a dynamic team structure that can efficiently focus on the design and finding its subsequent reality. Such flexible partnerships and conditions help lead to unanticipated paths of new thinking and possibilities

Nat Oppenheimer
Senior Principal
TYLin | Silman Structural Solutions

Nat Oppenheimer leads TYLin’s Buildings Sector and has extensive experience in the areas of new construction, renovation, and historic preservation. He is principal in charge for much of the firm’s institutional, private residential, and educational work. Nat is a board member of the Architectural League of New York. Since 2013, he has been an active participant of the Industry Advisory Group for the US Department of State Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. He is also part of the Grace Farms Design for Freedom initiative.

Nora Rizzo
Ethical Materials Director
Grace Farms

Nora is the first Ethical Materials Director of Grace Farms Foundation, focusing on the Design for Freedom movement. She serves as Ethical Material Advisor on Design for Freedom Pilot Projects and led the development of the Design for Freedom Toolkit.

She previously spent over a decade as Director of Sustainability for Fusco Corporation and has dedicated more than 15 years to creating change in the built environment through her sustainability and social equity work. She is on the Board of Directors for mindful MATERIALS and the CT Green Building Council.

Jonsara Ruth
Healthy Materials Lab

Jonsara Ruth is co-founder and Design Director of Healthy Materials Lab (HML) at Parsons School of Design, where she is an Associate Professor and Founding Director of the MFA Interior Design program. At HML, Jonsara co-leads a team of dedicated researchers transform design and material practices toward healthier, sustainable futures with the goal of improving the health of underserved communities. Drawing from over a decade of leading design teams in the furniture industry, Jonsara brings an understanding of manufacturing, supply chains, labor practices, and a penchant for democratic design to her roles at HML and Parsons. 

Jonsara founded Salty Labs, a design collective, to experiment and implement designs that embody circularity with healthy, low-carbon materials and strategies, working closely with local artisans to create interiors, furniture, and experiences.

She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2022 Women in Architecture Innovation Award from Architectural Record with Alison Mears and, together, they co-edited the seminal publication “Material Health: Design Frontiers”, released in 2023.  Jonsara serves as an advisor and expert in material health and design, including for the Sustainable Furnishings Council. She holds a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design.

Ann Rolland

Ann (Annie) Rolland, FAIA, LEED AP, is Partner at FXCollaborative, a New York City-based architecture, interiors, and planning design firm. Annie co-leads the firm’s Cultural and Educational practice, instrumental in its development from the practice’s inception. She is inquisitive and optimistic by nature. With a keen blend of analytical and organizational skills, Annie uncovers possibilities, unlocks potentials, and maximizes outcomes. Annie is a registered architect in New York and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees and is a member of the school’s National Council. An activist for what she believes in, Annie is a frequent speaker and active member of the design community. She serves on the advisory boards of several organizations including Non-Traditional Employment for Women (NEW), Grace Farms Foundation’s Design for Freedom Workgroup, and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF).

Nasreen Sheikh
Empowerment Collective Foundation

Nasreen Sheikh is a survivor of Modern Slavery, and a visionary leader committed to ending modern slavery through survivor-led initiatives. Her profound journey interwoven with her roles as the founder of the Empowerment Collective Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending modern slavery, and Local Women’s Handicrafts (LWH), a women’s social business venture in Nepal. Her emphasis on a transparent global economic system, and supply chain transparency, corporate engagement, and modern slavery legislation, these are important steps toward ending modern slavery.

Nasreen’s life story embodies courage and hope, having emerged from the harrowing shadows of modern slavery. Her personal history illuminates the urgency to solve this complex issue, motivating her to take a transformative stand. Empowerment Collective, recognizing the power of survivors in leading the solution with a profound belief in their strength and resilience, Nasreen envisioned an organization that places survivors at the forefront of innovative solutions to this global crisis. Nasreen establishment of Local Women’s Handicrafts,The Social business venture provided a platform for marginalized women, fostering economic independence through traditional craftsmanship. Nasreen’s belief in the potential of women, coupled with her unwavering commitment to preserving cultural heritage, shaped LWH into a thriving safe space for women artisans.

Nasreen’s philosophy advocacy revolves around empowering survivors and individuals with lived experiences of modern slavery to take autonomous roles in leading solutions and spreading awareness. She firmly believes that their firsthand knowledge and resilience are indispensable in crafting effective strategies and initiating societal change.

Nasreen emphasizes community-centric approaches that prioritize the voices and leadership of survivors through education, awareness, and economic empowerment.

Nasreen Sheikh’s tireless efforts to champion survivor-led initiatives, recognizing them as the catalysts for a future free from modern slavery. Her commitment and transformative vision continue to inspire change-makers globally.

Annabel Short
It’s Material

Annabel is Principal at It’s Material, a consultancy focused on economic transformation and accountability, through research, facilitation and strategic advice. As an IHRB research fellow Annabel provides guidance to the built environment programme. 
Annabel has two decades of experience on business, human rights and climate change, at the international and local city level. Her work has focused on emerging areas of human rights, creative approaches to strategy and campaigns, and sectors with major social and environmental implications such as finance, technology, energy, real estate, and infrastructure. She wrote IHRB’s 2019 foundational report “Dignity by Design: Human Rights and the Built Environment Lifecycle” and developed and led the built environment programme between 2019 – 2022, including its project on just transitions in the built environment. 
Previously, Annabel was Deputy Director of ALIGN (Alliance for a Greater New York), which advocates for bold climate action, good jobs and social justice in New York City. From 2003-2017, Annabel was Intl. Programme Manager then Deputy Director with Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, where she helped build the organisation and its global presence, and was responsible for the Asia, Middle East and labour rights programmes. 
Annabel has an MsC in International Development from University of London; certificate in International Human Rights Law and Practice from London School of Economics; postgraduate diploma in Periodical Journalism from City University; and an MA in Spanish and French from Edinburgh University.

John Schultz
EVP & Chief Operating and Legal Officer
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

John Schultz is the Chief Operating & Legal Officer at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). He heads the Operations, Legal, and Administrative Affairs organisation, overseeing critical business functions, including the Legal Department, Ethics & Compliance Office, Data Office, Global IT, Global Workplace, Corporate Affairs and Global Security. 

Schultz is the most tenured leader of the executive team, having served in multiple leadership roles at HPE and Hewlett Packard Co. (HP) over the last 15 years. Under his guidance, HPE has bolstered its dedication to upholding human rights, adopting industry-leading policies to tackling modern slavery throughout the supply chain. HPE recently ranked first out of all Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies assessed by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark.

Before joining HP in 2008, Schultz was a partner in the litigation practice of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. He currently serves on the boards of The Anti-Slavery Collective, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and is chair of National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s Corporate Advisory Council.

Raphael Sperry
Associate Principal

Raphael Sperry is an Associate Principal at Arup where he is the Americas Region Social Value & Equity Skills leader. He helps lead the west coast Climate and Sustainability team that consults on net positive design for infrastructure and buildings that regenerate energy, water and natural systems. As former co-chair of the USGBC Social Equity Working Group he led the creation of the LEED pilot credit addressing equity in material supply chains. As president of Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility from 2004-2020 he led ADPSR’s successful national campaign to ban the design of spaces that violate human rights in the AIA Code of Ethics. He promotes restorative alternatives to incarceration as board chair of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, a nonprofit architecture and development firm devoted to ending mass incarceration. 

Adam Thatcher
CEO and Co-Founder
Grace Farms Foods


Adam Thatcher is co-founder and CEO of Grace Farms Foods. He loves adventure but is willing to slow down for a great cup of tea or coffee.

Adam envisioned our model of a nonprofit-owned business after learning about the innovative social enterprise structures possible under the IRS code while getting his MBA at NYU.

Prior to Grace Farms Foods, Adam served as the Director of Operations and Sustainability for Grace Farms Foundation from 2015 – 2020.

Claire Weisz
WXY architecture + urban design


Claire Weisz FAIA, is a founding principal of WXY architecture + urban design, WXY is globally recognized for its place-based approach to architecture, urban design, and planning, and has played a vital role in design thinking around resiliency. In 2019 Fast Company named WXY one of the World’s Most Innovative Architecture Firms. Claire was awarded the Medal of Honor from AIANY in 2018 and was honored with a Women in Architecture Award by Architectural Record in 2019.

Dave Wildman
Global Head Facilities, Workplace Experience, MEP Infrastructure

Dave Wildman leads Bloomberg’s Facilities Ops, Workplace Experience & MEP Infrastructure teams. They ensure customer & employee experience, system functionality, resiliency, and redundancy across the data centers and offices worldwide. As part of his role, Dave supports Bloomberg’s corporate efforts to make operations more sustainable and become a net-zero company by 2025.
Dave, originally from the UK, has an Executive MBA from Cornell, is a Certified DoE Data Center Energy Practitioner, a Certified Data Center Design Professional, and member of MIET, IEEE, ASHRAE & IFMA.
Dave serves on the board of HEAF, a non-profit preparing underserved students for college, a mentor with The Fortune Society, assisting the formerly justice involved to find employment opportunities through skills training and mentorship, a member of Alliance for Clean Air, and Chair to the NYC Chapter of the Infrastructure Masons, and member of Infrastructure Masons Advisory Council.

Hind Wildman
Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture

As Director of Communications and Development at the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (Yale CEA), Hind brings energy, imagination and a rich background to her role. A graduate from the University of Lille and the University of the Littoral Opal Coast in France, Hind is currently pursuing a Master in CSR and Sustainability. She is responsible for the overall communications and contributes to the development of Yale CEA, Hind is guided by one overriding goal: to consistently articulate and promote Yale CEA’s mission to change the DNA of the Built Environment.  

Hind’s unique development and implementation philosophy for Yale CEA is to connect industry, academia, and the general public in order to advance built environment systems through research and development, education and innovation. She works with teams across the center and organizations from around the world to form these strong partnerships that advance Yale CEA’s mission and solve critical problems with innovative solutions.  

Prior to joining YALE CEA, Hind held a number of positions that provided a strong foundation for her current projects. These include positions at Bloomberg as a news reporter and most recently at Dow Jones as a specialist in the Venture Capital and Private Equity industry with a focus on clean technologies. Whatever the job or organization, Hind develops strategies for articulating complex technical knowledge into tailored messages for a general audience. She has used these approaches, not only to target communications but also to effectively connect with diverse stakeholders.





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