Green Seal announced that data and technology expert Nancy Hersh, currently chief data officer at climate technology company Arcadia, has been elected the global non-profit organization’s new chair of the board. Green Seal also elected three new members to its board of directors, effective immediately: Ed Chen, formerly Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg News and federal communications director for the Natural Resources Defense Council; Ben Gruitt, carbon solutions manager for RE Tech Advisors; and Vaishali Sampat, director of sustainability and corporate social responsibility for Kilroy Realty.

Hersh has served on Green Seal’s board of directors since 2019 and for the past year served on the executive committee amid Green Seal’s first all-female slate of board officers. She also led the Standards Committee, playing an active role in developing Green Seal’s product strategy. Green Seal’s newest members complement the existing board and reflect Green Seal’s commitment to fostering a culture that welcomes diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.  “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Ed, Ben, and Vaishali to Green Seal’s Board of Directors. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a talented and accomplished group of sustainability professionals join our leadership team,” said Green Seal CEO Doug Gatlin.

Hersh succeeds chair Christina Martin, who served on Green Seal’s board for eight years and helped oversee a period of growth and modernization for the 33-year-old organization. Martin has been elected Chair Emeritus and will continue to serve as an advisor to Green Seal.

“Christina’s unique combination of expertise in sustainability, business, communications, and policy was a critical asset to Green Seal,” Gatlin said. “From leading Green Seal’s first all-female slate of officers and increasing diversity on Green Seal’s Board, to her staunch support of our important mission, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the organization’s success, and I am grateful for her leadership.”

The additions to Green Seal’s Board come at a time of growth and increasing market relevance for the science-based organization, which sets globally respected standards for healthier, greener products and is a leading authority on safer and more sustainable cleaning and facility care. 

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