As EPEAT Program Director, Melanie leads the EPEAT program, including strategic planning, operations management, and stakeholder engagement. Melanie is responsible for managing key relationships that assure EPEAT’s continued success, overseeing the infrastructure of the EPEAT registry, implementing new standards in EPEAT, developing the conformity assurance processes that assure and maintain the accuracy of the declarations in the registry, overseeing CABs, and facilitating the EPEAT Advisory Council.
Prior to joining GEC, Melanie served as Sr. Program Manager at Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS), an international accreditation body that oversees several widely used social auditing systems. At SAAS, she managed the oversight activities for 23 international certification bodies, ensuring that social audits were conducted in conformance with applicable standards. Melanie was responsible for developing performance metrics and indicators to drive improvements within SAAS’s systems. In addition to her work with standards systems, Melanie worked on a variety of assessment and evaluation projects for New York based non-profits.
Melanie holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the City University of New York, where she wrote her thesis on environmental indicators for sustainable food systems, and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.
Lindsay develops verification processes, manages third-party auditors, provides technical support to participating manufacturers and contributes to the ongoing improvement of the EPEAT conformity assessment systems. These efforts help to ensure the credibility and accuracy of the EPEAT product categories.
Lindsay has more than 10 years of experience working in product and system certification, including as Program Director of an internationally recognized ISO 17065 accredited certification body for products used in organic agriculture. She has developed inspection procedures, verification criteria, administrative procedures, and other conformity assurance documents. Most recently, Lindsay served on a number of international government and agency stakeholder task forces to review, write, and update standards. She is knowledgeable of many types of standard development and interpretation processes, and specializes in highly technical standards requiring a great deal of expertise to interpret and perform conformity assurance activities.
Lindsay holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Oregon State University and M.S. in Geography. She is fluent in Spanish.
As EPEAT Conformity Assurance Manager, Erin Gately manages Quality Assurance programs including the execution of regular Verification Investigations, carried out by independent contractors. Erin also provides direct assistance to Participating Manufacturers to ensure they understand the conformity requirements for product declarations, and participates in content development for the Green Electronics Council’s training programs.
Erin comes to the Green Electronics Council from Hewlett-Packard, where she worked over 19 years in a variety of roles, most recently as Worldwide Product Stewardship Manager in the Personal Systems Group. Her job functions included assuring Hewlett-Packard products’ conformance with environmental product requirements and certifications. She is familiar with the efforts required to comply with complex environmental specifications, and aware of the challenges manufacturers encounter in managing electronics supply chains that span the globe.
Erin has a MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute with a focus on Sustainable Business. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineer from the University of Miami. She is currently working in the Certificate Program in the Essentials of Green Chemistry through UC Berkeley Extension. Erin has been profiled by Sierra Club Magazine and by WGBH Boston as a sustainability leader.
Jonas has more than 16 years of strategic communications experience with regional and global technology companies. He oversees all manufacturer-related outreach for the Green Electronics Council, including for its flagship EPEAT program. From co-marketing and "customer satisfaction" initiatives to needs analyses and tool/resource development, the activities he directs balance mission- and growth-related objectives for GEC and the manufacturer community.
Jonas was previously Director of Communications for GEC. Before that he led global marketing communications as worldwide Marketing Manager for Mobile Technologies, Inc. (MTI), resulting in business with international retailers and the world’s most recognized consumer-electronics brands. He joined MTI from Cricket Wireless, where he developed the company’s nationwide model for marketing its Lifeline program to low-income adults and managed the marketing activities of more than 100 Cricket Wireless stores in the Pacific Northwest.
A lifelong Oregonian, Jonas began his career as a journalist after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. He currently lives in Portland with his wife and two children.
Andrea supports organizations of all sizes as they seek ways to minimize the environmental impact of their purchase, operation and disposal of electronic equipment. She provides guidance to purchasers about leveraging the EPEAT system to fit their needs and manages the EPEAT Purchaser Award program.
Andrea has been with the Green Electronics Council since 2012, during which time she has worked with purchasers and sustainability groups to help them implement EPEAT in their purchasing and evaluation programs. She has also collaborated with retailers and resellers to connect their customers with more sustainable electronics, and has developed criteria-specific training for manufacturers.
Prior to joining GEC, Andrea worked in communications for the Puget Sound Educational Service District and managed marketing and training programs in the real estate industry. Andrea received her BA in Business Marketing from Western Washington University in 2003.