About

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.

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Why FrameworkESG?
  • Trusted advisors to leaders
    ESG advisors to CxOs, Boards of leading companies.
  • National reach, Global view
    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
Founder/CEO

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.

Shalimar Azima
Operational Assistant

Shalimar’s background includes her work in non-profits fulfilling various roles. Her passions have led her to work that include supporting school administration, recreation management, implementing community projects, varying capacities to empower and support at-risk youth, and joining AmeriCorps. Some of her interests include creative writing, supporting the arts, and trying new recipes.

Prior to joining Framework as an Operational Assistant, Shalimar served a rewarding year as an AmeriCorps Public Ally. She had the opportunity to help break the cycle of homelessness and engage in a series of leadership and organizational development trainings.

She is currently in pursuit of her Masters in Business Administration with a Human Resources concentration.

Ryan Brandenburg
Engagement 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.
Tobias Buth
Analyst

Toby became involved in the ESG space working on sustainability projects in-house at Annie’s Homegrown, the Natural & Organic arm of General Mills. There, he measured company performance on key sustainability indicators and performed research and benchmarking on corporate activism and environmental stewardship. Prior to that, Toby worked in water resources consulting, applying flow monitoring principles to pinpoint structural weaknesses in municipal water pipelines throughout his home state of Michigan.

At Framework, Toby supports client work related to materiality analyses, CSR reporting, and a variety of other projects. Toby is a LEED Green Associate and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Eva Cozart
Analyst

Before joining FrameworkESG, Eva has demonstrated her interest and commitment to sustainability through varied roles; supporting public engagement for a policy-making organization, coordinating communications for a nationally recognized non-profit, assisting the development of corporate citizenship and integrated reporting strategy at Southwest Airlines, and participating in environmental advocacy initiatives in her home state of Texas. She utilizes these experiences and skills in her role at FrameworkESG providing projects with a varied range of analytical support.

Eva holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Texas A&M University.

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.

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.

Cristina Tyler
Consultant

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.

Stephanie Zapata
EA and Client Services Manager

Stephanie brings ten years of experience in Operational and Client support to FrameworkESG. Prior to joining FrameworkESG, Stephanie was a Director of Business Operations at BlueStreak Sports Training where she successfully transitioned the firm from QuickBooks to Mindbody Software and improved efficiency with client scheduling, accounting, and monthly reporting. 

Stephanie served on the board of The Foundation for Life, Inc for two years. She spoke on behalf of the Foundation to generate capital for projects such as the Barnum Run4Life 5K.

Stephanie holds a B.S in Political Science and a minor in Business and Sociology from Manhattanville College. During her college years, she received a Presidential Scholarship, Horizon Scholarship and the Ophir Award.

When not traveling, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family. She’s a sports activity enthusiast and holds a Black Belt in Kung Fu.

She resides in Stamford, CT, with her husband and a mother to her three-year-old son Christopher Ryan.  

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.