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Adam Roy Gordon
Interim Executive Director

Adam Roy Gordon is the Interim Executive Director of Global Compact Network USA and in this role leads the work of the UN Global Compact in the United States, including operations, participant management, and programming. He is a contributor to The Atlantic and was named to the Environment + Energy Leader 100 in 2019.

Previously, Adam worked at CDP, supporting the integration of climate change, water, and deforestation disclosure into corporate performance. He was an EDF Climate Corps Fellow at Colgate-Palmolive Company and has diverse experience in sustainability that ranges from advising the government of Montenegro on green building policy to founding NYC’s first commercial composting waste hauler.

He holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and a M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.



Claudia Herbert Colfer
Program Manager

Claudia is UN Global Compact Network USA's Program Manager. In this role, she develops and leads programs and initiatives that help over 900 American companies do business responsibly. She manages Network USA's accelerator programs and other initiatives such as SDG Pioneers.

Before joining UN Global Compact Network USA, Claudia worked at Bain & Company, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the United States Council for International Business (USCIB). Claudia is also the Founder & CEO of Wasi (an iOS app that helps users change the world from the comfort of their own homes) and a Founding Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Queens Hub.

Claudia was recently selected to the Environment + Energy 100 and GreenBiz 30 Under 30 lists. She holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bath, a MA in Global Governance and International Diplomacy from Columbia University, and a MSc in Sustainability, Enterprise and Environment from the University of Oxford.



Richard Pearl
Senior Advisor

Richard Pearl has over 20 years of corporate experience in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) management and reporting. He is currently the senior adviser to the UN Global Compact Network USA. Pearl previously served on the board of Network USA for five years, including three as chair. In addition to his work with the Network, Pearl provides private consulting services to companies developing or enhancing their ESG programs. He also serves as an executive adviser to the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Pearl was State Street Corporation's global corporate responsibility officer for 20 years.

He developed ESG programs, policies, and reports which helped the company gain recognition on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and other key sustainability benchmarks. While at State Street, he served on the global advisory committee of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). He currently sits on the board of the Harvard Extension Alumni Association. A Boston-area native, Pearl, and his wife live in Concord, MA, and have two grown daughters, a lawyer with the Department of Justice and an environmental scientist with The Nature Conservancy.

Noah A. Smith
Human Rights and Communications Associate

Noah is a human rights and communications associate with the UN Global Compact Network USA. In this role, he helps run programs and initiatives that support over 900 American companies doing business responsibly. He also manages Network USA's social media accounts.

Before joining UN Global Compact Network USA, Noah was a Law & Policy Intern with OutRight Action International, a research fellow with The National Union for Democracy in Iran (NUFDI), and co-editor of RightsViews, a Columbia University blog published by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR). He also worked as a Faculty Specialist in the Laboratory of Cognition and Emotion and the Laboratory of Motivated Cognition at UMD. In addition, Noah has been published with Amnesty International and has presented his psychological research at the Association for Psychological Sciences Annual Convention.

Noah holds a BA in Psychology focusing on neuroscience from the University of Maryland and a MA in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University.

Joe Cahill
Board Treasurer; Chief Customer Officer, Project Management Institute
Daniella Foster
Board Chair; VP & Global Head, Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability, Consumer Health, Bayer
David Hackett
Ex-Officio Director; Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Eunice Heath
SVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, CRH
Sanjeev Khagram
Ex-Officio Director; Director General and Dean, Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University
Jennifer Leitsch
Managing Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young
Shobha Meera
Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Capgemini
Gayle Schueller
Board Vice Chair; Chief Sustainability Officer, 3M
Ann Tracy
Board Secretary; Chief Sustainability Officer, Colgate-Palmolive Company