The Climate Collaborative is pleased to welcome two new members to its Management Board, Corinne Shindelar, CEO of INFRA, and Shauna Sadowski, Head of Sustainability for the Natural & Organic Operating Unit at General Mills. INFRA and Annie’s (a General Mills Brand) have been involved in the Collaborative since its launch as both committed companies and donors, and Corinne and Shauna formerly served as advisors to the Collaborative.
“We are thrilled to have Corinne and Shauna working even more closely with us to steer the direction and priorities of our work,” said Climate Collaborative Director Erin Callahan. “They have both been valuable advisors since before we launched the project, and having them be part of our Management Board will further strengthen our ability to support retailers and brands in the industry to go farther, faster to solve climate change.”
Corinne has over 35 years’ experience in the natural products industry and is a leader in organizing and developing partnerships that strengthen all stakeholders from manufacturer to consumer. She spent 15 years in natural food retailing as a General Manager and was the Executive Director of two cooperative grocer’s associations launching the Co-op Advantage Program and serving as the first president of NCGA. As the founder and current CEO/President of INFRA, Independent Natural Food Retailers Association, Corinne has received numerous awards for her vision and commitment to organic foods. Recently, Progressive Grocer recognized Corinne as a “Top Woman in Grocery” in the Senior Executive level. Corinne currently serves as the Board Chair of the Non-GMO Project, participates in various stakeholder working sessions on the future of food supply and climate change, and actively engages in federal legislation in these areas.
Shauna Sadowski has nearly 15 years of experience engaging with food companies to incorporate sustainability into their business models. In her current role, she is responsible for leading sustainability strategy for several natural and organic brands at General Mills, including Annie’s, EPIC, Cascadian Farm and Muir Glen. Her work includes integrating sustainability into the product design and supply chain, with an emphasis on food and farming programs, leading external partnership engagements, and ensuring sustainability is implemented across the brands. She works with her team to ensure transparency and accountability from farm to fork, leveraging the power of business to drive positive change in the food system. Prior to joining Annie’s in 2010, Shauna worked on sustainability management within the food sector at Clif Bar and Company, Fork in the Road Foods, and Business for Social Responsibility. Additionally, she has worked with a variety of industries through management consulting roles at the Corporate Executive Board and Arthur Andersen.
The Collaborative’s Management Board is responsible for steering the overall direction and priorities of the project. Corinne and Shauna are joined on the Management Board by Board Chair Jessica Rolph, Founder of Lovevery and Climate Collaborative Co-Founder; Neil Blomquist, President, Sustainable Solutions; Lara Dickinson, Executive Director of OSC2 and Climate Collaborative Co-Founder; Katherine DiMatteo, Executive Director at Sustainable Food Trade Association; and Don Seville, Executive Director of Sustainable Food Lab.