Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

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Director: Professor John Arnold


College of Chemistry

Executive Director: Tom McKeag


Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

Associate Director: Marty Mulvihill


Marty Mulvihill is the co-founder and a managing partner in Safer Made, a mission-driven venture capital fund investing companies and technologies that reduce human exposure to harmful chemicals. Marty is also a researcher and advisor at the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, which he helped create and where he served as the initial Executive Director from 2010-2015.

Marty Mulvihill received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of California, Berkeley in Chemistry and Nanoscience. Marty’s research and work have focused on developing technologies that help provide access to clean drinking water and the creation of safer chemicals and materials based on biological feedstocks. He has a number of publications and patents related to the detection of arsenic in drinking water, and he has developed safer chemicals and materials for the personal care, construction, electronics, and textile industries.

Associate Director: Meg Schwarzman


School of Public Health

Associate Director (Emeritus): Bob Bergman


College of Chemistry

Associate Director: Thomas McKone


Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Associate Director: Christine Rosen


Haas School of Business

Associate Director: Alastair Iles


Environmental Science, Policy, & Management

Associate Director: Sara Beckman

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Sara Beckman has spent her years as a boundary spanner at UC Berkeley where she has held faculty appointments in both the Haas School of Business and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She served as Chief Learning Officer for the newly formed Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation and facilitated the creation of a multi-disciplinary Certificate in Design Innovation. She teaches courses such as Collaborative Innovation which integrates Art Practice, Theater and Dance Performance Studies and Business perspectives on both collaboration and innovation.

Sara’s research focuses on the pedagogy of teaching design and on the role of diversity on design and innovation teams for which she developed a Teaming with Diversity curriculum that is being used in classes in engineering, biological sciences, humanities and business courses at UC Berkeley as well as at a local high school. She has published case studies on design for sustainability, design roadmapping, and leveraging design approaches in sales processes.

Sara directs the Product Management Program for the Berkeley Center for Executive Education, serving over 350 product managers from around the world each year and works with a wide variety of companies teaching and helping them implement design and innovation practices.  In her time at UC Berkeley, she has received three Distinguished Teaching Awards at Haas, the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2018 the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Senior Faculty.

Before joining UC Berkeley, Sara worked in the Operations Management Services group at Booz, Allen & Hamilton and ran the Change Management Team at Hewlett-Packard.  Sara received BS, MS and PhD degrees in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management and an MS in Statistics from Stanford University.

Associate Director: Ann Blake

December 2013 Ann Blake Portrait

Dr.Ann Blake is an independent consultant with over 25 years of experience finding safer alternatives to industrial chemicals and materials in global manufacturing. Her work has included creating criteria for environmentally preferable purchasing, ecolabels and product rating systems as well as local, national and international chemicals policy reform. Clients include the Garfield Foundation’s Cancer-Free Economy Network, In 2018, Dr. Blake worked with the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistryadvising Costco Wholesale, the second largest global retailer, on their chemicals management. Past clients have included San Francisco’s Department of Environment,the Blue-Green Alliance, a US national strategic partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations and IPEN(the International POPS Elimination Network), a global network of public interest NGOs. Dr. Blake’s current work focuses on the intersection between climate adaptation, safer materials, and economic equity.

Dr. Blake is a member of the Green Ribbon Science Panelcreated by the California legislature to advise California EPA on the implementation of California’s Safer Consumer Product regulations. Dr. Blake has created curriculum on green chemistry and alternatives assessment for the University of California Berkeley Extension Program and for the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. She is a co-author of the BizNGO 2014 Plastics Scorecard, and of Perennial Industrial Crops: Green Chemistry and Carbon Sequestration, in the 2019 Springer Handbook of Ecomaterials.  Prior to consulting, Dr. Blake worked for the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control as a hazardous waste inspector and Pollution Prevention Coordinator.  Dr. Blake has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and neural development from the University of Oregon.

Associate Director: Amanda Cattermole

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Sustainability and Chemical Management Consulting

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