Leadership Team

Pat Hayes

Pat Hayes

Executive Director

Pat Hayes brings more than two decades of successful coalition building across government, industry, NGOs, local communities and academia.

​Pat was the driving force behind an innovative partnership to equip state and local policymakers with sound, unbiased toxic materials and product safety information.  He championed several collaborations to shape recycling and materials management policies across the U.S. including California’s landmark green chemistry initiative.

​His strategic counsel has been sought after by Fortune 100 executives, clean tech entrepreneurs, and economic development agencies.  He has held leadership positions in public and government affairs, environmental science and sustainability, and product safety at two of the world’s most recognized consumer products companies.

​Pat served on the Council of State Governments Governance Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures Foundation Board and chaired the Business Board of Advisors for National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.  He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and holds a masters degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois and a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University.

Steve Christensen

Steve Christensen

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Steve Christensen brings deep public and private sector experience ideal to ensure we achieve our mission through impactful multi-stakeholder partnerships and programs.

He has worked seamlessly across government, academia, and business to both improve communication on complex issues and to fundamentally address them. As a senior official at the USDA, Steve was responsible for working closely with the White House, Congress, and stakeholders to develop science-based public policy to support U.S. agriculture.

Since his time at USDA Steve has advised numerous industry organizations and corporate clients, among them some of the world’s leading commodity groups, chemical manufacturers and energy providers.His work has included:

  • Preventing unwarranted EPA regulation on a naturally occurring substace.
  • Mobilizing a group of independent health and radiation experts to ensure scientific rigor guided the debate on the safety of nuclear energy following the incident in Fukushima, Diiachi.
  • Working with a group of industry experts and outside technical advisors to develop new traceability protocols for U.S. dairy products.

Steve is a graduate of Harvard University’s JFK School of Government and holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside.

Timothy J. Lafond, P.E.

Timothy J. Lafond, P. E.

Technical Consultant

Tim has provided leadership in all areas of global environmental compliance and manufacturing facilities engineering management. He spent the past 30 plus years leading the Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) Power Solutions and S.C. Johnson (SCJ) environmental and sustainability programs.

Both JCI and SCJ are among only a handful of U.S. corporations that have received the World Environmental Center’s Gold Medal for excellence in environmental management. Tim was instrumental in the development of these internationally recognized environmental programs.

Tim was awarded the W. Wesley Eckenfelder, Jr. Industrial Waste Treatment Medal in 2013 by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists for his design of the stormwater and wastewater treatment systems at the JCI lead acid battery recycling center in South Carolina.

Tim holds a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, both from the University of Iowa. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin.

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