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.
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 of Business Development
Scott is the Director of Business Development at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition where he is focused upon growing membership and Higg Index adoption. Scott represents the SAC at key industry events across the Americas and Asia where he educates wide-ranging industry stakeholders on the latest sustainability issues and Higg Index developments. He also contributes to internal and external communications and to enhancing SAC member value.
Prior to the SAC, Scott was the Director of Business Development at MindClick Global, where he promoted supply chain transparency and sustainability to the hospitality industry. For more than 10 years, Scott has driven environmental projects to embed triple bottom line strategies across various industries. Notably, Scott was featured in James Cameron’s Emmy winning climate change docu-series Years of Living Dangerously for his EDF Climate Corps fellowship at Caesars Entertainment and for environmental auditing at The Honest Company.
Scott was trained by Al Gore to deliver his Climate Reality Project and by the Marine Mammal Center to rescue stranded wildlife. He holds an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics from UC San Diego. He also is a LEED AP and a Master Composter.
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.
Manager, Member Services and Communications
Alexandra promotes the Coalition and its efforts through communications, marketing, and public relations. Through her work, she seeks to enhance the SAC’s strategic initiatives and strives to present information about the organization in engaging and meaningful ways to its stakeholders.
Alexandra previously worked in marketing and communications at Volunteers of America. She captured the stories of socially marginalized groups and created marketing materials to promote the organization’s mission. She also produced several projects 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.
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.
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.