Greenleaf Advisors Staff
John Andersen, Jr.
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John Andersen is founder and President of Greenleaf Advisors, LLC, where he advises businesses, institutions, and communities on strategies that advance their sustainable development. John’s thirty-plus years of experience, serving businesses, capital clients, nonprofits, governments and institutions, demonstrates that it takes effective engagement across these sectors to achieve sustainable growth and solve complex problems.
His current clients include regional governmental entities seeking to protect water resources, renewable-energy companies, private-equity investment firms, nonprofits, energy research institutions, and industrial-materials recycling and waste-energy recovery companies.
Previously, John was an International and Managing Director at Jones Lang LaSalle, where he managed the company’s national land business and its strategic expansion into China. He was also the Great Lakes Director of The Nature Conservancy, where he worked across the region’s scientific, business, and government sectors to advance biodiversity conservation. John is a faculty member at DePaul University, where he teaches Sustainable Value Creation in the Kellstadt Business School.
Additionally, John is President of Greenleaf Communities, a nonprofit research entity that recruits and organizes multi-disciplinary teams of scientists to investigate environmental influences on health and apply that knowledge to improve industrial practices and public policies. John holds an AB in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Liz supports the business development and marketing of Greenleaf clients Intelligent Generation and GreenCity Power and also facilitates Katie in communications and administration.
Through research and the development of marketing materials, Liz assists Greenleaf in business brokerage for its clients, and also contributes to the company’s communication efforts through writing and editing for the company website and other outreach efforts. Liz holds a MSc. in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford (2015) as well as a B.A. in Theology from Denison University (2010), and previously worked as a legal assistant for The Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C.
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Katie conducts research on client assignments as well as client outreach and communication efforts. She supports the company’s communication and administrative needs. Her research focuses, in part, on the soil and water benefits derived from the use of gypsum as an agricultural amendment. In addition, Katie works with our energy clients, Intelligent Generation and GreenCity Power to assist in their development. Katie has conducted scientific literature reviews for clients, such as GYPSOIL and EPRI. Katie coordinates outreach and organization for the Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters symposia series including speaker engagement and sponsorship outreach.
Katie graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and a minor in Business. Katie recently graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with an MS in Environmental Management and Sustainability.
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At Greenleaf, Maika has conducted research on ecosystem service valuation for Argonne National Laboratory, and identified funding opportunities for Greenleaf Communities. For our energy clients, she conducts market research and identifies growth opportunities.
Maika is currently pursuing a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy and a minor in Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Additionally, Maika serves on the executive board of Enactus, a project-based, student-run, nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable social entrepreneurship.
Water Infrastructure Professional
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Pete consults with Greenleaf on water infrastructure projects.
As a consulting engineer, Pete led multidisciplinary teams to gather and analyze data. As a utility manager, he led strategic planning and innovation. As a management and urban design consultant, he led smart cities initiatives and developed resilience and climate changes plans for municipalities and private corporations. In each role, success was predicated on understanding and improving the current practice, executed with workshops, clear communications, analysis, and collaboration.
Pete initiated the global water initiative within SOM, the Climate Action Plan for the City of Chicago, and the Water Risk strategies at West Monroe Partners.
Pete holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado, an M.S. in Environmental Pollution Control from Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.