We are pleased to announce that Melissa Vernon has joined Natural Capital Partners as Director of Client Engagement. Melissa, a veteran of the sustainability industry, brings with her more than 12 years’ experience in corporate sustainability at carpet manufacturer Interface, culminating in her role as the Director of Sustainability Strategy.

At Natural Capital Partners, Melissa will be working with Mark LaCroix, Executive VP, Americas, and Saskia Feast, VP Western Region, to align the climate goals of clients in North America with the best available solutions around the world. She will be based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

I look forward to building relationships with each of our key clients in North America to enable them to achieve carbon neutrality, 100% renewable energy sourcing, and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” Melissa commented. “It’s an exciting time to be working at the intersection of business and environmental and social impact, as I believe that companies are leading much of the climate action we’re now seeing.”

Mark LaCroix commented: “Having worked with Melissa during my time at Interface, it is a pleasure to be working with her again, this time to ensure our clients get the best value from their work with us. We welcome Melissa to our growing Americas team.”

At Interface, Melissa was a member of the company’s Americas Sustainability Council, which focused on advancing Ray Anderson’s sustainability vision and Mission Zero commitment. As part of her role, Melissa demonstrated thought leadership on sustainability for customers, stakeholders and employees.

Melissa is a graduate of the University of Michigan's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, with an MBA from the Ross School of Business and a Master's in Science from the School of Natural Resources and Environment. She also has a BS in marine biology from Duke University. Melissa served as a career counsellor for MBA students and undergraduates interested in careers in sustainability at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

You can contact Melissa at: mvernon@naturalcapitalpartners.com