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Director: Professor John Arnold

Dr. Arnold is the faculty director of the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, professor and undergraduate dean in the College of Chemistry. He has been with the faculty in the college since 1989, and is the chair of the editorial board of Dalton Transactions and a fellow of the European Academy of Sciences. He received his PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of California, San Diego under Dr. T.D. Tilley, and was a postdoctoral and Royal Society research fellow at Imperial College, London.

Executive Director: Tom McKeag

Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

Tom McKeag is the executive director of the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, and has over 40 years of professional experience in education, project management, planning and design. He is a recognized expert in the field of biologically-inspired design, is the co-editor of Zygote Quarterly magazine and former columnist for the Biomimicry column at He holds masters degrees in community planning (University of Rhode Island) and landscape architecture (University of California at Berkeley). In 2013-2014 he was a Fulbright Nehru senior scholar at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India

Associate Director: Marty Mulvihill


Marty Mulvihill is the co-founder and a managing partner in Safer Made, a mission-driven venture capital fund investing company and technologies that reduce human exposure to harmful chemicals. Safer Made invests in teams that bring safer products and technologies to market, tell a unique story, have the potential to change their sectors, and protect our health and natural world. Marty’s experience as a chemist showed him that safer product solutions already exist and need attention and capital to get to market.

Marty is also an 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 has helped develop technologies that help provide access to clean drinking water and the creation of safer chemicals and materials based on biological feedstocks. He has developed safer chemicals and materials for the personal care, construction, electronics, and textile industries. Marty Mulvihill received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of California, Berkeley in Chemistry.

Associate Director: Meg Schwarzman

School of Public Health

Dr. Meg Schwarzman is a physician and Environmental Health Scientist in UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. She also serves as Associate Director of Health and Environment for the interdisciplinary Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry. Her research and teaching focuses on environmental contributors to breast cancer, chemicals policy, and strategies for applying environmental health knowledge to the design and selection of safer materials. Dr. Schwarzman also trains Family Medicine residents in reproductive health care.

After studying history at Haverford College, Dr. Schwarzman earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts. She completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded the Julius R. Krevans Award for Clinical Excellence. She earned a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

Associate Director (Emeritus): Bob Bergman

College of Chemistry

Dr. Bergman is the Gerald E. K. Branch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus

Professor of the Graduate School, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Royal Society of Chemistry Robert Robinson Award and the Wolf Foundation Prize. Professor Bergman’s research career has focused on utilizing a range of chemical techniques to discover new chemical reactions, determine how those reactions work, and apply that understanding to their application in catalysis and organic synthesis. Professor Bergman’s group generated and studied reactive organometallic intermediates capable of undergoing intermolecular oxidative addition with the normally inert C-H bonds in alkanes and other organic molecules. This process holds potential for converting alkanes into functionalized organic molecules such as alkenes and alcohols.

Associate Director (Emeritus): Thomas McKone

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Thomas E. McKone has spent 35 years as a University of California researcher and faculty member and is now Professor Emeritus at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and a rehired retired senior scientist and advisor to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on sustainable energy systems. Dr. McKone’s research career has focused on the development, use, and evaluation of models and data for environmental risk assessments and the health and environmental impacts of energy, industrial, and agricultural systems. He has authored more than 160 papers in archival peer-reviewed journals and has been a member of more than a dozen National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) committees as well as chairing a major NASEM study and serving on its Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He has served on the US EPA Science Advisory Board, worked with several World Health Organization committees, and has been on consultant committees for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the Food and Agriculture Organization. He is a fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis and a former president of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES).

Associate Director: Christine Rosen

Haas School of Business

Christine Rosen is an Associate Professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of CA Berkeley, where she teaches courses in American business history, sustainable business, political, economic, business, and societal strategies for fighting climate change while continuing to provide the benefits of modern energy systems in the developed world while extending those benefits to the people of the developing world.   She is an Associate Director of the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, and on the Board of the Berkeley Faculty Association.

Professor Rosen received her PhD in American History at Harvard University, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation on the rebuilding of American cities after great fires.  A faculty affiliate (and former Faculty Director) of UC Berkeley’s American Studies Interdisciplinary Major Program, Chris is a disciplinary boundary spanner who is dedicated to team teaching and bringing multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on the study of the history and the current challenges of recognizing what modern society’s environmental problems are, developing technical solutions for them, and then mobilizing the public and governmental support and economic resources needed to implement the solutions.

Chris’s doctoral work focused on the important role local businessmen took as leaders of movements to rebuild burned out American cities better than before by taking advantage of the devastation wreaked by great fires.  She is now working on a book about struggles against industrial air and water pollution in the United States between 1840 and 1920.   Here again, progressive, reform minded business leaders assumed important leadership roles.  She is analyzing how they organized to achieve their reform goals, including how they worked productively with other local businessmen, as well as women reformers and sanitary reformers, in these efforts.    She is also studying the limits of their political and economic power – relating what they achieved and failed to accomplish to today’s struggles over how to protect society from toxic industrial chemicals and climate change.

Associate Director: Alastair Iles

Environmental Science, Policy, & Management

Alastair Iles is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Division of Society & Environment. He is an environmental policy and social science scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of science, technology, and environment, predominantly around industrial chemicals and sustainable food systems. In the food and agriculture domain, Iles has researched and published in the areas of sustainable seafood, aquaculture sustainability standards, public policies for diversified farming systems, food retailer sustainability strategies, and consumer knowledge about food. He now emphasizes public policies for making transitions to a sustainable food system in particular, along with food sovereignty, farmer knowledge systems, and the connections between bio-based chemicals and agricultural production. Iles is also the Law and Policy Associate Director at the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry. He was a co-PI of the Berkeley IGERT Systems Approaches to Green Energy grant, a $4.1 million effort to expand green chemistry research at UC Berkeley. Iles was a co-founder of, a consumer information start-up that began at ESPM.

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 nearly 30 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 Chemistry advising 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 Panel created 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

Amanda Cattermole leads Cattermole Consulting, a consultancy that helps organisations develop chemical management, circular and sustainability strategies that result in safer products made in cleaner supply chains.

Through her work, education and experience, she has significant expertise about hazardous chemicals and how they are used in textile and leather manufacturing.

She works with a variety of stakeholders including NGO’s, trade associations, governments, fortune 500 companies, small mission-based brands, foundations and consultancies.

Amanda serves on the board of the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry at the University of California Berkeley. She has a BSc. degree in Colour Chemistry from Leeds University and a MS degree in Textile Chemistry from UC Davis.

Associate Director: William Hart-Cooper

Billy Hart-Cooper is a Research Chemical Engineer in the Byproducts Research section at the Western Regional Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture, Albany, California; co-instructor, Greener Solutions graduate course, and board member, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry.

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