It’s normal to be wary of consultants. Will they truly add value for me or just write fancy plans that sit on the shelf? Turn every conversation into a sales pitch? Work well with our staff and other partners? Constantly nickel and dime us?

We’re serious about being different.

At FrameworkESG, we’re a next-generation consultancy helping companies establish strategic advantage by engaging new social, environmental, and economic realities proactively.

We refer to our work as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) management because it’s a more complete lens than CSR, citizenship, sustainability, etc., and one aligned with business and investor metrics and priorities. We believe there’s strong evidence that business can perform better by considering its impacts, and that trust is the currency that undergirds all economies. We’re motivated by a mission to do great work for our clients that makes your business stronger, society more sustainable, and our own firm more successful. And we enjoy and find real fulfillment in our work every day, which shows in the results you receive.

Since 2003, we’ve helped dozens of leading companies position themselves for greater success by making strides on complex issues critical to their long-term growth. many choose to build long-term partnerships with us. In fact, half of our clients have worked with us for more than three years, and some for more than a decade—a testament to the sustained quality of our team of talented, committed experts.

To learn more about working or partnering with FrameworkESG, contact Ryan Brandenburg, Engagement Manager.

Why FrameworkESG?
  • Trusted advisors to leaders
    ESG advisors to CxOs, Boards of leading companies.
  • National reach, Global view
    ESG advisors to CxOs, Boards of leading companies.
    Stamford and Seattle offices serve brands in Fortune 100, Dow Jones Sustainability Index, FTSE4Good. Strategic counsel to the US Network of the United Nations Global Compact.
  • Respected thought leaders
    Research cited by Bloomberg, Forbes.com, Harvard Business School professors and American Institute of CPAs.
  • Practicing what we preach
    A woman-owned business. Ranked #2 in 2016 on Fortune's Best Small and Medium Workplaces.
Kate Rebernak

With more than 25 years of experience as a strategic thinker, advisor, and communicator, Kate has been advising companies her entire professional life. Formerly a commercial-litigation attorney whose clients included federal financial institutions, banks, and insurance and other public companies, Kate brings together a variety of perspectives to inform her work with clients. In 2003 she founded Framework LLC. Kate directs the company’s research and leads the firm’s consulting work with clients on integrating consideration for ESG issues into corporate strategy and operations. Some of the organizations that she has advised for many years are The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey Company, NVIDIA, Symantec, and the Global Compact Network USA.

Kate frequently speaks and writes on the value of ESG integration and the effective management of ESG issues. Her work has been published in Ethical Corporation, Green Biz, The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking, and Triple Pundit. In addition, Framework’s work culture and research have been mentioned in Harvard Business School publications, Forbes, and Bloomberg.

Kate serves on the board of directors of Cornerstone Capital Inc. and chairs the board’s nominating and governance committee. In addition, she serves on the Ethical Corporation editorial advisory board and has served as a guest lecturer at the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale (CBEY) Business and the Environment Consulting Clinic since 2009.

Kate holds a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri at Columbia, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and a lifetime member of Net Impact. She lives in Nyack, New York, with her husband and two children.

Sun McElderry
Chief Engagement Officer

Sun has twenty years of experience in media, content development, and corporate communications. Prior to joining Framework, Sun served as an account director in the New York and Seattle offices of Story Worldwide, a leading global custom media agency, where he helped Bank of America, UPS, and Holland America Lines, among other clients, develop award-winning publications, shareholder communications, and marketing programs.

Sun has also written, edited, and managed publishing projects for numerous magazine and book publishers, including Condé Nast and Grove/Atlantic, where he edited the 2003 New York Times nonfiction bestseller Triangle: The Fire That Changed America, which traces the roots of the modern corporate responsibility concept to the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory tragedy. His involvement with social and environmental causes includes time spent as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, volunteer teacher and mentor to migrant workers and urban youth, and producer of benefit concerts. Born in South America and raised in the Caribbean, Sun is now based in Seattle.

KT Michaelson
Managing Director, Client Service

KT’s perspective on corporate sustainability has grown out of her love of the great outdoors, an academic background in business and sustainability, living abroad, and an on-going mission to make a difference in the world. These experiences allow her to analyze sustainability issues critically, and provide a unique technical perspective on climate change issues. KT has previously worked on sustainability initiatives for New York City’s Department of Park and Recreation and interned for Scotland’s 2020 climate group.

At Framework, KT manages materiality projects and helps companies ensure that their disclosure and strategy are aligned with ESG standards and best practices. As an expert in the Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, UNGC principles, and other disclosure frameworks, she supports reporting projects by tracking adherence, conducting benchmarks and research, and strategizing ways to optimize disclosures. KT is an FSA Credential Level II Candidate, a certification developed by SASB to identify leaders in sustainability accounting.Prior to joining Framework, KT earned her MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh, where she focused on climate change science and the implications for society and business. She holds a B.B.A from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Cecile Girard
Managing Director, Operations

Cecile brings a wealth of corporate operational experience to Framework. She is a dedicated, enthusiastic, and creative Administrative Manager with more 13 years supporting teams in the real estate and technology sectors. Prior to joining Framework, Cecile was the Administrative Manager at Seaboard Properties, a real estate firm based in Stamford, Connecticut. Cecile also served as gate-keeper and personal assistant to the president and founder of the Internet Equal Educational Access Foundation, which brokers donations of corporate underutilized bandwidth to serve global research and educational institutions.Cecile is deeply passionate about enriching the lives of children through quality performing arts education. As a dancer, teacher and choreographer for over 30 years, Cecile has participated in several Arts Mentorship Programs and performance benefits, which provided dance and performing arts education to low income and at-risk youth.

Cecile holds an associate’s degree in Arts and Humanities and a B.S. in Business Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. She was born in Germany and raised in Québec, Canada. She lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with her husband and her beloved Chihuahua, Josie.

Christina Forst
Senior Director of Communications

Christina’s approach to sustainability has been shaped by a diverse professional background in the public, private and non-profit sectors, where she has focused on identifying new risks and opportunities, measuring environmental impacts, and utilizing data-driven insights to inform strategic decision-making.

Prior to consulting, she spent six years as the sustainability lead at global insurer AIG, where she ran a new product development team responsive to climate change, led cutting-edge research and communications for the AIG Science team, and was responsible for the firm’s environmental reporting disclosures.

At Framework, Christina leads and manages large, standards-based reporting projects and sustainability communications for clients, including innovating new approaches as corporate reporting continues to evolve. She also contributes to Framework’s external communications, thought leadership and business development opportunities.

Christina holds a B.A. in Environmental Analysis and Policy from Boston University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago. In 2015, she also completed a Professional Certificate in Business Sustainability Management from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Alec Lager
Director of Strategic Services

Alec’s work and perspectives draw from diverse experience in investment management, sustainability research, and travel. Alec helps shape thought leadership, research initiatives, and consulting services that deliver strategic value to clients, and he assists in the development of client reporting, performance improvement, and strategic guidance materials.

Since Alec joined Framework, he has conducted benchmark and materiality analyses, ESG integration, and Sustainable Value™ Assessment projects on behalf of clients and has applied the results of these analyses in the course of sustainability reporting and other advisory work.Alec works closely with the firm’s partners to track and assess emerging trends in sustainability—such as increasing investor use of ESG data—and, ultimately, empower clients to pursue new opportunities in the space.Prior to joining the firm, Alec conducted due diligence and business analysis projects for Boston-area companies including Pax World Mutual Funds, Landslides Aerial Photography, and Autoworks, Inc. Alec holds bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Connecticut College.

Adam Roy Gordon
Senior Director

Adam Roy Gordon is Senior Director at Framework and Engagement Director for the Global Compact Network USA, the U.S. network of the United Nations Global Compact, an organization supported by Framework staff. The U.N. Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative and Adam serves as the primary point of engagement for U.S.-based signatories. Through his role, Adam facilitates a community of best practice around human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption principles and works to promote engagement with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

Previously, Adam advised Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, and other large organizations on sustainability leadership as an account manager for CDP’s Supply Chain program and before that as a consultant. Notable projects include advising the government of Montenegro on green building policy and co-founding New York’s first commercial compost pickup company. Adam is a regular public speaker on diverse sustainability topics. He has an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

Michael Cook
Senior Consultant

Michael Cook’s approach to corporate responsibility has been informed by his diverse background in corporate sustainability consulting and non-profit management. Michael works with leadership and key stakeholders to measure impacts, find solutions, drive strategic decision making and develop world class communications.

Michael has spent the past five years advising leading companies on corporate sustainability/CSR strategy, CSR reporting, materiality, stakeholder engagement, and strategic communications. Prior, Michael advised the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and worked as a Research Associate for Winston Eco-Strategies supporting a corporate sustainability benchmarking platform. Michael spent six years leading strategic business development and marketing projects across a network of 22 offices for a global humanitarian relief organization. He started his career overseeing large scale corporate volunteer programs. Michael holds a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a BA in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Cristina Tyler

Cristina has built her career studying methods that achieve organizational change in the pursuit of environmental sustainability. Her work draws from experience in investment management, environmental policy and marine science. The passion she has developed is to become knowledgeable in business strategies that embrace sustainability factors as a means of enriching the kinds of ideas that reconnect business with the changing world.Prior to joining Framework, Cristina worked as an Environmental Policy Specialist at the US Department of Energy. She holds two Master’s degrees: Sustainability Management from Columbia University and Environmental Policy from the University of Denver. Cristina was raised in a multi-cultural family. Spanish was her first language. In her travels outside the United States, she has learned to communicate in different cultures. All have added to her appreciation of the need to resolve sustainability issues through ideas manifested by a wide range of experts.

Faith Nicholas
Senior Analyst

Prior to joining Framework, Faith’s interest in sustainability has led her to varied positions and locations; working on food system inequality in Connecticut, guiding teenagers on wilderness trips in upstate New York, coordinating college campus environmental initiatives through Pittsburgh’s Student Conservation Association, and managing the City of Boston’s Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance. She utilizes these diverse experiences and skill sets in her role at Framework analyzing sustainability trends and company performance.

Faith holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Environmental Studies from Skidmore College.

Ryan Brandenburg
Project Manager

Ryan’s devotion to corporate sustainability is born out of his service background. Through the AmeriCorps City Year program, Ryan spent a year as a tutor and mentor for Boston Public School students in low-income communities. His service was made possible by corporate sponsorship, and Ryan experienced the progressive impact that can be made when businesses invest in social and environmental causes.

At Framework, Ryan supports project leads in coordinating tasks, time-lines, and deliverables. Ryan also serves as the Network Contact for the Global Compact Network USA, where he organizes communications and programming for the Network’s 600+ members, and provides strategic counsel to its Board of Directors.Ryan graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies. He was heavily involved in the production of various social justice documentaries.

Adrian MacDonald
Communications Manager

Adrian is a web designer, brand consultant, video producer, writer, and business analyst with 15 years of experience working for a variety of design, consulting, and media organizations. He brings together multi-media creative skills with qualitative & quantitative analysis to develop strategic, high-impact communications focused on social change, urban centers, and the environment. He holds a Master of Communication in Communities and Networks from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an undergraduate degree in Earth & Environmental Sciences from Columbia University.

Career opportunities available

FrameworkESG is a respected consultancy that specializes in helping leading companies build trust, reduce risk, and create value by improving their environmental, social, and governance practices and performance.

We do purposeful, high-quality work in a light-hearted, no-drama culture. We are always looking to meet candidates with relevant skills who are aligned with our mission to promote sustainability and who embody our core values:

  • Committed to a better world
  • Positive and supportive
  • Pragmatic and value-focused
  • Leaders and innovators

FrameworkESG was ranked #2 on Fortune’s 50 Best Small and Medium Workplaces list in 2016 and has been certified as a Great Place to Work since 2016. For more information about our firm, please visit our Great Places to Work profile. And if you have outstanding skills to contribute as an analyst, consultant, or sales professional, we invite you to contact Cécile Girard, Managing Director, or to introduce yourself to a current employee via LinkedIn.