For 15+ years I’ve been in the financial services industry, with a focus on Sustainable investing for the last 7 years. I am now an Executive Director at a large organization where I oversee the firm’s sustainable investing product strategy in the retail and wealth segment. As part of my current work, I’ve come to realize that there is so much noise around the concept of sustainability. Sustainable investing is one area, but we also hear about sustainably grown coffee beans, organic wine, women empowerment fashion lines, solar panels, etc. And while all that noise makes it an ideal time to talk about sustainability products, people often hear and think about these things in silo and do not think about its effect or place in their lives. I believe that for someone to meaningfully integrate any of these areas into their lives, they need to think about them holistically towards a sustainable lifestyle.
I have a wonderful family including my husband and 2 young sons, 6 & 9. I have a passion for cooking, travel and wellness. My personal goal is to meaningfully integrate sustainability across my life so that my kids grow up having a sustainable lifestyle embedded into who they are.
Soren Wattamwar is SustainableMe's newest team member. He's coming on as student representative, where he will live by example and teach kids about important topics related to sustainability. He will host a weekly podcast for kids, called Sustainability with Soren, where kids can learn about sustainability topics such as water scarcity in under 5 minutes.
Soren is in 6th grade and in his spare time, Soren likes to play basketball and piano.
SustainableMe welcomes Karina Gupta to the team.
Karina lives in lovely southern California and loves the outdoors. One of her favorite things to do is play beach volleyball. In her free time, he loves to cook and go to Sephora :)
Karina loves learning about sustainability and how she can incorporate it into her daily routine so that she can best do her part in preserving our world.
She's very excited to share videos of her journey to living a more sustainable life, as she hopes it can make an impact on other's daily lives as well.
I studied Sustainability in undergraduate and graduate school. I have always had a passion for the area academically and professionally. I believe fundamentally that a more sustainable economy is emerging and it will be a transformation for our capital markets and economic systems. I have been in the sustainable investment space for almost 8 years, and currently work at a financial technology platform where I am the Director of ESG Investment Solutions, focused on helping financial advisors find sustainable investment opportunities and build portfolios for their clients. While it is a focus in my career and interests, I have a long way to go in my day to day life to live more sustainably. I see this community as an opportunity to learn and hold myself accountable for my actions and behaviors, in an effort to be more conscious of my personal impact on the world.
I live in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with my fiance. We love running, playing tennis, cooking, travel, and just generally being outdoors. I aspire to integrate sustainability into all aspects of my life.
By day, I am a sustainable investing project lead at a leading wealth management firm. I support teams on integrating sustainability data into their investment decisions. I also create and help improve platforms that help colleagues and investors educate themselves on the highly evolving sustainable investing space.
On the side, I am passionate about wellness and travel. My interest in addressing climate change, the biggest challenge of our time, through my daily actions motivated me to join the Sustainable Me! team. On this platform, we hope to create easily digestible content on how to adopt more sustainable daily practices.
Check out this extremely helpful link from one our subscribers, Eliza from the Lakeville Nature Conservancy. It goes through What and How to Recycle: Plastics, Bottles, Cardboard and More!
Thank you Eliza!