Greenleaf Advisors Story
Greenleaf Advisors, founded by John Andersen in 2002, has become an effective bridge builder for corporations and institutions that need strategic advice and connection to science, capital and expertise. Our clients are committed to building their enterprises and to sustainable use of resources. Greenleaf Advisors continues to grow through delivery of services and development of relationships that advance a healthy and sustainable world.
Greenleaf Advisors’ first assignment was to help Jones Lang LaSalle and its clients develop sustainable real estate solutions. Our subsequent work on freshwater conservation with The Nature Conservancy led us to understand the importance of applying sound science to inform community practices and policies. A growing appreciation for the similarities between ecological and human health, and the need for business practices to be at the heart of each, led us to reposition the firm in 2009 to more fully incorporate science and policy as we develop integrated, sustainable solutions that benefit all stakeholders.
To form a Board of Advisors that spans the many disciplines needed for our mission, we assembled leaders from the business, science, government and capital sectors. They bring to the firm a depth of expertise in land, water, material and energy resources.
Greenleaf Communities was established in 2011 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to conduct primary research and apply the findings in ways that reduce environmentally-mediated causes of disease (e.g., cancer). Environmental impacts on water and food security, together with events related to climate change, are likely to influence population movements and exacerbate disease, adversely affecting human health. Greenleaf Communities recruits and organizes multidisciplinary teams of scientists from academia, government and industry, plus technologists and community leaders working across disciplines, to change practices and eliminate toxic exposure from food, water, air and urban environments.