David Rachelson

David is an environmental sustainability executive and expert with 15+ years of success developing and implementing advanced sustainability initiatives and translating complex environmental/sustainability scenarios to C-Suite and Board level executives. He has expertise in building and leading sustainability programming (carbon accounting, sustainability frameworks, external rankings, annual sustainability reports, and Board ESG plans) and setting corporate sustainability strategies and key performance indicators (KPIs). David is a compelling communicator who forges strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and builds business cases for environmental responsibility and corporate citizenship. David currently serves as Rubicon’s Chief Sustainability Officer where he spearheads the company’s sustainability efforts to achieve its mission to end waste through increased landfill diversion, innovative circular economy solutions, and carbon reduction strategies. He has authored numerous thought leadership pieces on the circular economy, sustainability, recycling, and carbon emissions, and has spoken at leading conferences including the World Economic Forum in Davos, COP 26 in Madrid, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE 100, Sustainable Brands Tokyo, Sustainable Brands New Metrics, Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL), and GreenBiz’s Flagship, Circularity, and VERGE conferences. Prior to joining Rubicon, David worked as a management consultant with PwC and was a member of the Corporate Responsibility & Public Affairs department at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG). Earlier in his career, David worked in a variety of public sector capacities including at the U.S. Department of State, where he engaged in management and reform efforts at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. He was twice awarded the U.S. Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award for Outstanding Performance. David earned an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a B.A. from George Washington University. He served as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Advisory Board of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business.

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