What Drives Us
Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a project of the nonprofit organization As You Sow (www.asyousow.org), is dedicated to ending human rights abuses and forced labor associated with the raw materials found in products we use every day. RSN builds responsible supply chain coalitions of diverse stakeholders including investors, companies, and human rights advocates. Currently, RSN works with network participants to leverage their influence in the areas of conflict minerals from the Congo and forced labor in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan to create positive change for brands, consumers, and the impacted communities.
Founder and Director
Patricia is the founder and Director of the Responsible Sourcing Network, which she started as a project of As You Sow in 2010. Currently she sits on advisory committees for the Cotton Campaign, ICCR’s Human Rights/Human Trafficking Leadership Group, Know the Chain, and the Conflict Free Smelter Program. Patricia started managing the Human Rights department inside As You Sow’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program in 2006. In that role she led the Human Rights Program to tackle labor abuses at the factory level, and she began ground-breaking work addressing forced labor and extortion at the commodity level of supply chains.
Preceding As You Sow, Patricia was at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) directing the Global Cooperation Project, and at Gap, Inc., where she spearheaded a rewrite of the company’s Vendor Handbook. She has past work experience with natural dyes, Latino political outreach, and women’s craft cooperatives in Latin America. Patricia has an International MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and undergraduate degrees from Cornell University and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Cotton Program Associate
Mairin started at Responsible Sourcing Network as an intern. She is now working full time on the YESS standard and the Cotton Pledges. She is a recent graduate of Middlebury College, where she majored in environmental studies and chemistry and minored in geography. Her senior research focused on the supply chain of cotton garments, and she is interested in working to create ethical and sustainable changes in the cotton industry. Prior to working at RSN, she worked at numerous non-profits in her home state of Montana.
Director, Individual Giving
Betsy brings her prior experience in the operations and management areas of financial and arts entities to RSN, where she oversees the day-to-day workings. She also provides data management and grant support to the organization, working closely with the Development and Communications teams. She earned her BBA from Southern Methodist University with an emphasis in human resources management. She studied for her Master’s in Music Education at Teacher’s College Columbia and was active in the music education field for many years prior to her re-entry into the operations area of the work place.
Sharon Cho, Office Manager of RSN, sees her position as the grease that keeps all the other positions running smoothly. To do that, she juggles HR, payroll, book-keeping, calendaring, IT, office equipment & supplies, and all the other small and big tasks that fall between the cracks. Sharon brings with her, 25 years of Management experience - Office Management, Account Management, and Client Management from various industries including Employee Benefits and Artist Representation – as well as a degree in Communications from U.S.C.
Vice President, Advancement
Sarah is responsible for attracting the funds that allow As You Sow and RSN to deliver on their missions and create change. Previously, she was head of Development at Chabot Space & Science Center, and served as a Senior Consultant to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil Campaign. She has written reports on tar sands, carbon financing for the Big Sur Land Trust, and on REDD+ carbon offset baseline issues. Before pivoting to the environment and climate change, she was Director of Marketing at a venture-funded tech start-up, and worked in financial analysis, marketing and product management at Chevron and Ampex. She holds a BA from U.C. Berkeley; an MBA from Cornell; and a graduate certificate in Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Communications Project Manager
Jill Courtenay is a data enthusiast and As You Sow’s Communications Project Manager. From strategy to outreach, Jill is managing and measuring the success of project launches, communications, and social media impact. She is growing partnerships for the organization and overseeing all 3rdparty support teams. Jill founded a strategic partnering company and has led many international projects including the first “green” construction in the Middle East, a nanotechnology from India, and an artificial intelligence technology from Australia. She has an Advanced Certification in Data Visualization from the University of Washington, an MBA from the University of Barcelona, and a BA in International Business Relations from Claremont Colleges.
Raphaël is the lead author of Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN)’s Mining the Disclosures 2018 and 2017 reports. Prior to joining Responsible Sourcing Network, he worked for Global Witness in Washington, D.C., focusing on conflict minerals from Central Africa. Previously, he explored indigenous-related conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a Congolese NGO, monitoring community violence in the former Katanga province. He later interned at the Oakland Institute, researching land-grabbing issues in East Africa and South America. Raphaël currently works on the advisory team of RCS Global where he focuses on responsible corporate sourcing practices and new raw materials due diligence.
Raphaël holds an MA in International Relations from Sciences Po Lyon, France, an MA in African Studies from Stanford University, United States, and an LLM in African Legal Studies from Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University, France. He is working toward a third MA in Anthropology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris.
Liz is currently assisting in developing RSN's YESS program. Liz helps companies and industries develop sourcing strategies and protocols, implement standards and audit programs, and train supply chain actors and brand sourcing teams. She has worked extensively in the cotton and minerals industries. On behalf as Gap Inc., she acted as the first chairperson of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). As a consultant, Liz helped BCI design the Better Cotton supply chain system to support the production of—and demand for—Better Cotton.
Liz has evaluated climate change risks and resilience-building opportunities in the cotton apparel supply chain for Oxfam America. She has supported cotton merchants’ by advising on the development of their sustainability strategies and exploring vertical sourcing partnerships with global brands. Liz’s expertise extends to other commodities as well. She has evaluated market drivers in African agriculture supply chains. Liz also led a team that conducted smelter audits under the Conflict-free Smelter Program (CFSP) for over five years.
Stefanie Spear is a communications and marketing consultant at RSN. She has been working to educate and motivate people to care about human health and the environment for nearly 30 years. Stefanie has founded several companies, including EcoWatch, Expedite Renewable Energy and Stellar Consulting. She continues to fight the good fight through her consulting business by working with people and organizations who are leading the charge for change.
When Stefanie is not in front of her computer, she is likely paddleboarding Lake Erie.
Revi Schlesinger has 25 years of experience as an apparel industry professional, corporate transformation consultant and sustainability entrepreneur. Supporting the execution of strategic business initiatives for global companies, Revi’s work centers on implementation of process innovations as a foundation for success in a dynamic marketplace. Revi brings deep expertise in optimizing strategy, business processes, infrastructure, and technologies specifically for end-to-end product lifecycle management of apparel and related products. She is the founder of Kids Organic Clothing Company, a multi-brand manufacturer and vendor of organic fair trade kids clothes. Offering a strategic perspective, project management skills, technical experience, and operations knowledge to YESS, Revi has provided high level support to the RSN team since April 2016 and has sat on the YESS Working Group since its inception.
Andrew Behar, As You Sow CEO, has 30 years of experience as a Senior Executive and strategist in the cleantech, communications, and life science sectors. Prior to joining As You Sow, Andrew founded and was CEO of a start-up developing innovative fuel cell technologies. He served as COO for a social media agency focused on sustainability and has been a strategic consultant in the nonprofit sector. He serves on the board of US-SIF, the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. He was named one of 30 “Eco Rock Stars and Environmental Mavericks” in Origin Magazine’s August 2015 issue and his book, The Shareholders Action Guide: Unleash Your Hidden Powers to Hold Corporations Accountable will be published in November 2016 by Berrett-Koehler.
Freeman consults through Bennett Freeman Associates LLC, is a Senior Advisor for Business for Social Responsibility, and is a Strategic Partner of Resolve. He is Chair of the Advisory Board of Global Witness; Board Secretary of the Global Network Initiative; and a member of the Governing Board of the Natural Resources Governance Institute. He served on the boards of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, Oxfam America, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
From 2006-15, he was Senior Vice President-Sustainability Research and Policy at Calvert Investments and led the mutual fund group’s environmental, social and governance analysis, shareholder advocacy, and public policy initiatives. He served as a Clinton presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1999-2001 and Senior Advisor to Under Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Stuart Eizenstat from 1997-1999.
As a relentless optimist and courageous catalyst for change for more than 30 years, Bonnie has held many high profile positions at the global forefront of a new low carbon, resource protected and just economy. She is currently a Senior Partner with Environmental Resources Management which provides technical advisory services in the Business of Sustainability. Bonnie consults with many of the fortune 500 companies on global sustainability, multi-stakeholder engagement and complex supply chain ethical sourcing strategies.
Ms. Nixon has served as Executive Director of the Sustainability Consortium, Director of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing for Hewlett-Packard for more than a decade, Driver for the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, owner of BonnEco, Inc. and Circlepoint, Inc., and led Corporate Social Responsibility at Mattel. Bonnie earned a BA at Pennsylvania State University and a Masters at Pepperdine University in Learning Technologies to Accelerate On-Line Access to Sustainability for the New Millennium.
Chris Zerlaut is responsible for sustainability and purpose-driven product strategy at SAP, the world's largest enterprise software provider. As part of the Sustainability Center of Excellence within SAP's Product & Innovation group, he works to operationalize integrated thinking and purpose-driven thinking across the product working groups, and works extensively with SAP's partner ecosystem and extensive customer base. In his 10 years at SAP, he has designed, built and sold various software solutions focused on supply chain transparency, corporate-level strategy management, and hyper-transparency across the value chain. He leads SAP's relationship with the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and others focused on transparency and changing business models.
Previously he worked on the boards of various non-profits. He holds a MBA from Arizona State University WP Carey College of Business and a MIM from Thunderbird. He received a BA in both Japanese Language and Literature and in Asian History from Arizona State University.
Shawn MacDonald is CEO of Verité, a civil society organization that promotes workers’ rights in global supply chains through research, consulting, training, assessments, and policy advocacy. Shawn has broad experience in labor rights, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, workplace health, and multi-sector partnerships. Before joining Verité, he was Director of Accreditation at the Fair Labor Association, Vice President of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Senior Advisor at Meridian Group International, and co-founder of the Development and Employment Policy Project. Additionally, he worked for a variety of civil society organizations in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He holds a PhD from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and an AB in History from Harvard University.
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Volunteering & Internships
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Responsible Sourcing Network
c/o As You Sow
1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 1450
Oakland, CA 94612
Telephone: (510) 735-8158
Fax: (510) 735-8143
To contact a member of our staff, please visit the staff page.
Directions from San Francisco:
By Bart, take Richmond or Pittsburgh/Bay Point trains to 12th Street/Oakland City and walk out the 14th Street & Broadway exit. Make a left on Broadway and bear left onto Telegraph Avenue. We are located at the corner of 16th Street and Telegraph Avenue; The Latham Building, 14th floor.
If you are coming by car, there is a parking garage located under our building, which is accessible from 16th Street.