LEADERSHIP

Executive Committee

Founder and Chairwoman – Lisa Ann Pinkerton

Lisa Ann Pinkerton is founder of Women In Cleantech & Sustainability, a San Francisco Bay Area group dedicated to the advancement of women in various environmental and technology sectors.  She is also Founder and President of Technica Communications, where she handles marketing, social media, content production and public relations for cleantech and biotech startups.  Additionally, Lisa Ann is Co-Founder and Marketing Chair for the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, an international speaker and moderator and documentary filmmaker.  Lisa Ann is a former award-winning broadcast journalist who reported for National Public Radio, PBS Television, WPXI-NBC, American Public Media, and Free Speech TV.

Vice Chairwoman – Sara Eve Fuentes

Sara Fuentes is the Founder and President of SmartWaste. With 10 years of experience in the Waste and Recycling Industry, Sara is a leader in abating commercial waste. A passionate advocate for women and a tenacious leader, Sara is setting out to alter the cleantech landscape and finding her own niche. Sara draws on her experience working as an educator and Vice-Chair of the Women in CleanTech and Sustainability organization, where she is an impactful mentor and friend.

Smart Waste is a Minority Women-owned and operated start-up with a focus on Waste Technologies, Waste Systems and Vendor Management for Zero Waste programs. Our core values are Transparency, Circularity, and People. Transparency to establish trust. Circularity to explore and validate the downstream community.  People are the heart of sustainability. Our Impact will influence our communities to practice a zero-waste lifestyle. We are looking to work with companies that are in alignment with our values and goals.

Treasurer – Anna Astretsova

Anna manages project finance at First Solar.  Previously she worked at GreenWorld Capital and the Adidas Group.  Anna has an MS in Applied Mathematics from Lomonosov Moscow State University and an MS in Financial Mathematics from Stanford Uiversity.  She has been on the board of Women in Cleantech and Sustainability since 2013.

Volunteer Manager – Kirpa Grewal

Kirpa joins the WCS board as the volunteer manager supporting all the WCS committees. 

Kirpa is a climate reality leader committed to sustainability, social and environmental innovation. She brings a diverse background of experience to the team as an environmentalist, climate scientist, humanitarian, systems thinker, and speaker. She has worked with several organizations whose focus is sustainability, circular economy, and clean technology. She aims to shift the economy towards increased sustainable development practices for a greener and more just future. 

She works at Sustainable Brands on the Business Development team and has firmly rooted experience in environmental, social, and corporate governance.

Kirpa is a San Francisco Bay Area native and a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies. She is a recent graduate from the University of Oklahoma, in which she received her master’s in MSc. Hydrology and Water Security. She goes on weekly coastal cleanups with her dog, Ziggy, to clear trash from local waterways and bring awareness to the marine litter problem. Kirpa enjoys conducting scientific research (focus in hydrology), climate stewardship, gardening, hiking, scuba diving, biking, writing, live music, and adventuring in nature. 

Secretary & Project Manager – Kathleen O’Melinn

Kathleen leads corporate environmental initiatives for a public sector organization of 5,000 employees based in British Columbia, Canada. She manages sustainability reporting, ESG strategy and supports the social impact strategy. Kathleen is part of a nimble team that act as intrapreneurs within a well-established organization, collaborating with cross-functional teams, the government and stewardship organizations to set targets and build strategies. She is well versed in developing and growing tailored environmental programs and graduated with her MBA in Sustainable Business Practices from the University of Oregon in 2018.