The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is the apparel, footwear, and textile industry’s leading alliance for sustainable production.
As SAC Executive Director, Amina is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organization. She leads the executive team and works with the board of directors to develop and implement the organization’s strategic plan.
Previously, Amina was the Vice President of Membership at the SAC, a leadership role in which she focused on providing exceptional customer service, account management, member value and business development for the organization. Amina worked with global members to increase adoption of the Higg Index and improvement of Higg scores through impact solutions.
Prior to joining the SAC, Amina was a senior manager on the Global Sustainability team at Gap Inc. where she led environmental initiatives across owned and operated facilities as well as in their supply chain. She led the development of Gap’s environmental sustainability strategy and the creation, execution and achievement of ambitious enterprise goals on energy and waste at owned and operated facilities. Amina also led the first large scale deployment of the Higg Index across Gap’s supply chain, and has been involved in the creation, development, piloting and rollout of the Higg since its inception.
Trained as an architect, Amina has designed and managed construction of retail stores, skyscrapers, houses, hotels, and museums. She has a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois and a Master of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Director, Higg Index — Higg Product Tools
Julie is on the Product Team at the SAC and is responsible for building and maintaining product-related Higg Index tools, expanding data coverage, and improving data quality for Higg. This entails collaborating with SAC members, NGOs, governments, academic experts, contractors and the SAC staff to collect and disseminate data through Higg in ways that make sense to various member audiences. The focus is on building transparency into the environmental impacts produced in the footwear, apparel, and home textile supply chains.
Prior to employment at the SAC in 2012, Julie worked at SCS Global Services as a lead auditor for environmental certifications for furniture and building materials. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Management from UCSB’s Bren school. Her thesis was focused on building a tool for footwear designers to predict the life cycle impacts of potential designs.
Julie is a serious pianist and taught piano to students of all ages and levels for seven years. She also holds a commercial pilot certificate and instrument rating.
Manager, Member Engagement Americas
Eszter is the SAC Manager of Member Engagement for the Americas. She works with members throughout the region to deepen their involvement in the work and community of the SAC while scaling up usage of the Higg Index throughout their supply chains.
Prior to joining the SAC, Eszter was Senior Manager of Reuse and Donations at the New York City Department of Sanitation, where she oversaw materials reuse and circular economy programming aimed at supporting the City’s zero waste goals. In this position, she oversaw the launch of the inaugural ReFashion Week NYC, organized the cross-industry NYCxReuse materials reuse conference, and managed the launch of the world’s first municipally-administered food donation portal.
In addition, Eszter has over a decade of experience building communities of practice in settings as varied as the arts, academia, tech, and government. She holds degrees from New York University and Grinnell College; she is based in New York City.
Research & Communications Analyst
Giovanna is the Research & Communications Analyst and works to engage SAC members and industry stakeholders through stories and multimedia content using insights from Higg Index data. By researching, analyzing, and synthesizing social and environmental sustainability data, Giovanna narratively and graphically promotes industry improvements.
Prior to joining the SAC, Giovanna was the Outreach Manager for her master’s thesis group project where she worked with four colleagues and their client, Patagonia, to develop a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through materials innovation. Giovanna analyzed changes in raw materials and dye technologies for hundreds of products and developed presentations, outreach materials, and a website to communicate how apparel brands can reduce their environmental impacts through informed product design.
Giovanna holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara. She is also a longtime singer and has performed in a collegiate a cappella group and most recently, a graduate school band with fellow students and professors.
As Membership Coordinator, Dani is responsible for providing support in the areas of membership services and engagement, business development, member communications, and marketing for the SAC.
Prior to joining the SAC, Dani lived in New York City where she attended NYU Gallatin. Dani earned her B.A. in Individualized Study, focusing on sustainability in the textile industry. She wrote her final thesis on what the term “sustainability” really means in today’s textile industry.
Dani grew up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which led to a deep appreciation and respect for the natural world and all it offers. She is an avid skier, yogi, and traveler, having lived in three different countries. Her passion for the SAC has led to the casual title of the SAC’s first fangirl, a name she holds with pride.
Christina is the executive assistant for the SAC. She reports directly to executive director Amina Razvi and provides her support. Christina serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external stakeholders on all matters pertaining to the executive director. She also serves as a liaison to the SAC Board of Directors and the SAC Executive Team. Christina organizes and coordinates executive outreach and external relations efforts and oversees special projects.
Prior to joining the SAC, Christina was the director of communications for Bright Impact, a consulting, software and fund management firm. She provided administrative support and coordinated events. She developed strong relationships and contributed educational material for the startup while processing internal and external communications for the team. With a marketing and public relations background, Christina spends her time brainstorming on new techniques and strategies to stay on top of the rapidly changing trends within media and digital marketing.
Christina is a graduate from the University of Central Florida. She regularly pursues her passion for yoga and meditation. She currently stands as a 300-hour certified registered yoga and leadership instructor in the Orlando-area.
Noelle Guzman is the SAC Finance Associate and works on the Apparel Impact Institute, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and Social & Labor Convergence Program. She oversees accounts payables, communications with vendors and contractors regarding invoices, and operational support to staff. Along with the rest of the finance team, she helps with each organization’s budgeting, financial statements, monthly reports, and audits.
Prior to joining the SAC, Noelle was a program coordinator at the Public Health Institute helping manage the California Bridge Program, an Opioid Crisis Grant funded program that partners with hospitals in California to provide healthcare workers tools and resources for improved care of patients with substance use disorders. Noelle managed the financial operations of the program, including budget forecasting and handling contractual decisions in compliance with fund regulations. Noelle implemented efficient processing systems to support the expansion and sustainability of the program.
Noelle has also held positions at Beyond 12 Education and research at UCSF, both positions pertaining to efforts in improving social issues. Noelle has a B.A. degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Interim Vice President of Technology & Operations
Shalini Jain is the Interim Vice President of Technology & Operations for the SAC. She has 15+ years of experience building high-performing teams that deliver complex, innovative technology, specifically in retail software and e-commerce. Shalini is leading the SAC’s Higg Index, Finance, HR and Operations teams.
Prior to joining the SAC, Shalini led technology and operations initiatives at Sephora, Gap, Restoration Hardware and Disney. At Gap, she committed to aligning her professional path with her personal beliefs and joined the Global Responsibility team to lead Operations, Technology and Grants.
She lives in San Francisco with her husband, who both hail from Texas. Her hobbies include gardening, traveling and wine. She hopes to conquer her dislike of cold weather and one day see the northern lights. Additionally, Shalini and her husband are longtime supporters of the Periwinkle Foundation; they spend one week every summer serving as full time camp counselors.
Member Engagement Manager, APAC
Prior to joining the SAC, Wan was based in Washington, D.C., where she worked on international development projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Bank. She worked alongside local community, organizational, and government stakeholders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on issues including global health and climate smart agriculture. Most recently, she worked in environmental compliance for global health and medical supply chain project.
Manager, Higg Index
Erin is the Manager, Higg Index and is responsible for facilitating the Higg Index measurement tools. She helps manage and lead member engagement and feedback processes related to Higg Index development, provides Higg Index support, analyzes and digests all sources of feedback, and compiles reports and proposals that are used by the Higg Index team to enhance and improve all Higg Index tools.
Prior to joining the SAC, Erin earned her Master’s in Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment where her research focused on sustainable systems and the complex interactions of business and environment.
Before graduate school, Erin lived in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where she helped develop energy efficiency and conservation measures in the region and cultivated her love for hiking and skiing. She received her B.A. in History from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., and grew up by the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia Beach, Va.
Finance and Operations Manager
Ruth Lin is the SAC Finance and Operations Manager and works on the Apparel Impact Institute, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and Social & Labor Convergence Program. She oversees account receivables, communications with members and prospective members regarding payments, and operational support. She helps with each organization’s budgeting, financial statements, monthly reports, and audits.
Prior to joining the SAC, Ruth was an accountant at a supply chain technology start up, Elementum, which is focused on revolutionizing the supply chain industry and streamlining each part of operations onto mobile apps. Ruth was focused on internal support and she also implemented sustainability changes by creating a compost program in two offices and introduced more recycled products. She volunteers as an Ethical Detective with Good on You, which rates how sustainable each fashion brand is.
Ruth has worked at Australian Volunteers International, which is focused on sustainable development. She volunteered with wildlife in California, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Great Barrier Reef. Ruth graduated with a B.S. degree in accounting from Case Western Reserve University and studied abroad in New Zealand.
Senior Manager, Training and Verification
Dhawal is the SAC Senior Manager of Training and Verification and is based in Bangalore, India. He is responsible for building, maintaining, and improving verification and training programs for the Higg Index suite of tools and ensure that the Higg Index is a trusted and credible measure for sustainability performance and benchmarking.
Prior to joining SAC, Dhawal worked with C&A’s sustainable chemicals management team as a senior specialist. His role involved working with manufacturers of varying complexities and building their capacity to implement environment management systems. He has worked with vertically integrated textile manufacturer Pratibha Syntex as a sustainability manager and was responsible for executing sustainability projects like GHG accounting and reporting, life cycle analysis, internal and external sustainability communications.
Dhawal has been recognized in the 2017 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 cohort of global sustainability professionals. Through Sustainability Drinks Bangalore, he convenes the city’s sustainability community for networking and collaboration opportunities.
Director, Global Stakeholder Engagement & Business Development
As Director Global Stakeholder Engagement and Business Development, Andrew is responsible for developing and implementing the SAC’s global stakeholder engagement strategies, while leading business development, to identify opportunities to expand membership and increase adoption of the use of the Higg Index. As part of the leadership team, he works to ensure that all stakeholder engagement and business development activities are fully integrated into the overall SAC strategic plan and drive the global relevance and sustainability leadership of the SAC and its members, within the sector and beyond.
Prior to joining the SAC, Andrew was at amfori, the leading business association for open and sustainable trade, where, as VP Services, he was responsible for global operational activities. In addition to a strategic role in the development of the vision and strategy of the organization, Andrew managed membership services, led the implementation of global social and environmental audit assessments, including launching a pioneering audit integrity program, and also the largest capacity building program of its kind for social and environmental performance in global supply chains.
Andrew has a degree in philosophy and theology from Kings College London, an MBA with distinction from the University of Exeter, where he was awarded ‘Dissertation most likely to change global thinking,’ and a postgraduate qualification in team coaching, from UWE, Bristol. During his extensive career, including more than 20 years in global textile manufacturing, Andrew has worked for a multi-national corporation, his own consultancy, and more recently in the education and non-profit sectors.
A highlight of his work and interest is the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, and its philosophy of Gross National Happiness, an alternative progressive values-based model for measuring and guiding economic, societal, and personal well-being. He is currently based in the seaside town of Looe in Cornwall in the South West of England.
Senior Manager, Product Tools
Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
Mandy Mooney is the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications for the SAC, bringing 15 years of experience in building and nurturing brands for global companies of all sizes in retail, tech, media, and healthcare. Mandy oversees the SAC’s internal and external marketing and communications initiatives. Key responsibilities include developing the SAC’s annual communications plan and building the organization’s reputation and brand awareness through media relations and membership engagement.
Prior to joining the SAC, Mandy spent nearly a decade working for Gap Inc. in various capacities, from leading large-scale impact campaigns for Gap Foundation and the Global Sustainability team to spearheading a new crisis communications process and protocol for each of the brands. Most recently, she played a key role in writing the brand guidelines, company mission, and values statements for newly-branded Khoros.
Recognized for co-founding GapWIL (Women in Leadership) in 2013, Gap Inc.’s most popular employee resource group that supports women to reach their full career potential, Mandy has a passion for seeing women support one another. Mandy also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors for GirlVentures, where she serves as Chair of the Marketing and Fundraising Committee. She offers her time and talents to this organization whose mission is to inspire girls to lead through outdoor adventure, inner discovery, and collective action.
Mandy received her degree in business and apparel merchandising from Indiana University. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters. Her favorite pastimes are writing music, doing yoga, and traveling. Last November, she checked off a bucket list item when her family spent a month exploring New Zealand.
Having led philanthropic, sustainability, and diversity & inclusion initiatives, impact marketing is a sweet spot for Mandy and a personal passion. She pushes brands to think bigger about their purpose-driven initiatives and to gain clarity around how they can accomplish their most audacious goals. Mandy is honored to join the SAC to help accelerate their mission and advance the industry.
Higg Facility Tools Senior Manager
Eranthi Premaratne is the SAC Director, Facilities. Eranthi leads the overall facilities work, which includes the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) and the Higg Facility Social & Labor Module (Higg FSLM). She is also responsible for verification of all modules in the Higg tools. Angela supports her through work in the Higg FEM and Higg FSLM, while Dhawal supports her on Higg Index capacity building and verification. Eranthi additionally focuses on the SAC’s equal partnership work.
Eranthi is a lawyer by profession and holds a BSc in bioscience and a master’s in international relations from the University of Colombo. She has over 20 years’ work experience specializing in sustainable business practices in apparel manufacturing. She joins the SAC having completed over 14 years at MAS Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, a sophisticated design to delivery apparel solution provider. Eranthi joined MAS having worked at Nike Inc. Sri Lanka Liaison Office as a corporate responsibility specialist.
Eranthi has had wide exposure and knowledge working with brands and retailers, the International Labor Organization, International Finance Corporation, and Better Work to uplift the global industry standards. Eranthi is no stranger to the SAC as she has represented MAS within the SAC community since 2012. Some of the key projects she has been involved in include setting up the Higg FEM in its early stages, the Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP) from 2016 to 2018, representing MAS and the manufacturers caucus within the SLCP. Eranthi was also a member of the Higg Brand & Retail Module Advisory Team from 2019 to 2020.
Eranthi works passionately to empower young girls volunteering her time at her alma mater to improve & uplift standards of learning. She is an advocate for working women and is involved in designing and implementing programs to support this cause. She is the mother of two young children, Leanna and Shanik, and likes to engage in light exercise and read when she finds some time for herself.
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
Alexandra is the SAC Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications. She manages the Coalition’s marketing, communications, and media relations efforts, nurturing the SAC brand and strategically promoting the organization’s initiatives to members and external stakeholders.
Alexandra previously worked in marketing and communications at Volunteers of America. She captured and told the stories of the U.S.’ most vulnerable men, women, and children, and created marketing materials to promote the organization’s mission. She has also worked for the Inter-American Foundation in Washington, D.C., highlighting the agency’s international outreach.
Alexandra’s work has been recognized by such organizations as the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts and the American Association of University Women. She holds a master’s degree in communication from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University.
Janet is the events manager and works to execute successful SAC events around the globe, including the full member meetings and webinars, regional SAC member meetings, and forums for manufacturers, designers, and other stakeholders.
Janet joined the SAC after seven years of working in the exhibition and event fields, managing events in China, Frankfurt, and Hong Kong. Prior to joining the SAC, Janet was the event manager at a Hong Kong local auction firm and oversaw auction preview operations. She also organized premium client events that strengthened her people skills. Her previous work at Messe Frankfurt enriched her with various event management experience to negotiate with contractors, temp staff support, agents, exhibitors, and others.
Janet participated in AIESEC while in university and she holds a BSSc degree in government and public administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Senior Manager, Member Engagement — Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)
Veronique is the Project Manager for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs). She supports SMEs in integrating the Higg suite of tools within their organization as well as supply value chain. She ensures that SMEs have access to SAC’s tools and resources including training & capacity building, benchmarking and performance improvement. She furthermore facilitates in the development work in cooperation with the other SAC work streams to tailor support and tools specifically to the SMEs needs.
Prior to joining the SAC, Veronique had been based in Hong Kong for nine years from where she supported brands in developing corporate sustainability strategies. She also worked alongside the supply value chain in Asia by integrating sustainable materials and chain-of-custody processes into their business practices. In her previously held position at a certification body, she managed the Training & Capacity Building program for the Facility Environmental Module 2.0, which was deployed to over 250 supply chain members across Asia as well as the Verification Pilot.
Veronique is a qualified ISO 14001 internal auditor and ISO 14064-1 Carbon Accounting and Greenhouse Gas Inventories auditor. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Veronique is located in Europe.
Senior Director of Business Development and Membership, APAC Region
Marianna is the Sustainable Apparel Coalition Senior Director of Business Development and Membership, overseeing the APAC region. She focuses on connecting with SAC members, guiding them to use the Higg Index and apply resources that drive adoption of the Higg tools, including through supply chain collaboration among members. Marianna organizes regional round table discussions, manufacturer forums in the region, and identifies fundraising opportunities to develop and deploy effective methods to support members in creating a ripple effect throughout the value chain to procure impact improvement.
Prior to joining the SAC, Marianna managed the supply chain sustainability program in Asia at Ascena, the parent company of ANN INC. She developed the implementation strategy and piloted the program with strategic suppliers in tier 1 and tier 2, building business cases and roadmaps to scale the programs dedicated to improving sustainability impacts. The programs focused on social & labor performance, women’s empowerment, and the Higg Facility Environmental Module. The women’s empowerment program reached more than 100,000 women in the value chain throughout five years, helping them improve their health and financial literacy.
Marianna lives in Hong Kong with her husband and son, who love rugby. Marianna is a certified mini rugby coach for kids under 8 and actively supports the union to promote rugby in the community.
Director, Brand & Retail Performance
Eric Unmacht is the Director, Brand and Retail Performance for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). He leads the development of the Higg Brand & Retail Module (Higg BRM), helping brands and retailers to identify opportunities for social and environmental improvements through use of the Higg BRM. Eric has worked in sustainability with a range of brands, nonprofits and government agencies, from Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Lululemon and Patagonia to the City of Vancouver, World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Prior to his work in sustainability, Eric was a journalist in the US and Asia. He has graduate degrees in environmental sciences and policy from Johns Hopkins University and in journalism from Columbia University, and a bachelor degree from UC Berkeley in environmental geography and conservation resource studies.
Manager of Business Development, EMEA
Lauren is the Manager of Business Development, EMEA at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, where she is focused on growing our membership, Higg Index adoption, and organizing events for both prospective and SAC members across EMEA.
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Marymount Manhattan College, and Master of Science in Environment, Science, and Society from University College London. Prior to joining the SAC Lauren worked both in fashion, at IMG Fashion and BPCM P.R., as well as in sustainable design at Terreform ONE, a socio-ecological design firm in New York City. Later Lauren started _The Radically Good_, a web platform dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainability in businesses throughout the New York area.
Lauren is currently based in Amsterdam.