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Leadership

What makes Clean Agency’s senior team unique is our combination of expertise in environmental assessment and green marketing. Our experience across different industries enables us to tackle a wide variety of sustainability challenges and generate solutions for our clients that save money and increase brand value.


Seri McClendon

CEO

RoleSeri is the CEO of Clean Agency, responsible for running the agency since its inception in 2002. She is the primary business development lead and also provides client services, business and sustainability strategy and team leadership. Her role is to forecast market changes for Clean and our clients to provide guidance and strategy and be successful in a quickly changing business landscape.

Previous Work: Prior to starting Clean Agency, Seri held Vice President positions at large advertising and design agencies including Think New Ideas and Perceive.

Education: Seri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Seattle University and a Master of Arts in Geography from California State University Long Beach with a focus in Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Assessment Training.

After graduating from California State Long Beach she was appointed to the USC Center for Sustainable Cities Advisory Board. She currently sits on the board of Verynice Global Design Strategy Consultants.

Expertise:

  • Business Strategy
  • Sustainability Strategy
  • Green Marketing and Communications
  • Business Trends in Sustainability
  • Design and Creative Supervision
  • Creating the Business case for corporate sustainability efforts
  • Partnership Development

Industry Experience:

  • Food and Beverage (including agricultural ingredients & protein sourcing)
  • Paper and Packaging
  • Gaming/Hospitality
  • Toys/Video Games
  • Apparel
  • Government and Cities

Speaking Engagements:

  • Natural Product Expo, Anaheim CA
  • Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, Sacramento, CA
  • Disney Synergy Lab, The New Green Business Advantage, Glendale, CA

Interviewed:

  • Los Angeles Business Journal
  • Fast Company
  • The Guardian

Rubi Rajbanshi

Research Director

Rubi is skilled in planning, introducing, and driving strategies, metrics, and technologies that assist companies in formulating and achieving their sustainability goals.  She has experience in strategic planning and sustainability reporting, including The Climate Registry, CDP, and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and has worked on a variety of projects encompassing greenhouse gas and air quality mitigation, sustainable design, life cycle assessments, water impacts, and climate resiliency.  She is skilled in presenting the value proposition of recommendations to clients and management.

Rubi spent a good portion of her career at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and built an impressive record of achievements through a series of increasingly responsible positions for this interstate agency that builds, operates, and maintains the 16-acre World Trade Center site, and a network of aviation, rail, surface, transportation, and seaport facilities throughout New York / New Jersey region. In 2014, she was selected into the Agency Leader Training Program, and has also worked with local California Air Districts.

She holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is a LEED accredited professional.

 


Jennifer Krischer

Account Executive

Jennifer Krischer has 9 years of sustainable fashion with an expertise in sustainable apparel materials and practices as well as consumer behaviors and preferences. Ms. Krischer has worked for and with a number of organizations, including Linden, The Los Angeles Fashion Council, The Conscious Collective Co, The Conscious Market, Scrap & Relic, Allbirds, and more, to promote sustainable practices in the fashion industry.  Ms. Krischer has augmented her experience with an MBA education focusing on Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility, where she has gathered additional tools to create the holistic Vision, Mission, and Culture of a team, office, or organization as a whole.


Kristie Shields

Media Director

Kristie has over 20 years experience in the advertising media industry. She has been recognized within the industry for her work, including winning MediaWeek’s Media Plan of the Year, speaking on digital panels and being honored by MINs Sweet 16 for Innovative Media Thinking.

Kristie has been a leader in developing new ways to look at media investments through media modeling (call them media algorithms) but her real passion is breaking out or media silos and working closely with agency teams (creatives to strategy and vendors) to collaborate and bring media ideas to life. With the media landscape changing daily, Kristie strives to find the best places for ideas to live whether it be paid, earned or simply created from scratch. Her category experience has ranged from good old American Brands such as Dickies (First time apparel sponsorship of YouTube Sensation RoadKill) Beer (Miller 2x and PBR!) to Seattle attractions such as Experience Music Project and Seattle Art Museum.

Kristie is no stranger to hearing the word no in the media world until she hears “yes”. Ask her about the ant farm that she negotiated to be put in the Alaska Airlines terminal in SEA TAC to promote CityU or the time she got HULU to change their ad units to promote a “Double Down” experience for her online gaming client.

Other clients include Nike, Holland America, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Microsoft, REI , Amazon and a whole lot of financial – among others.


Purnima Subramanian

Purnima Subramanian has over 5 years of experience in developing the business case for sustainability using sustainability management & reporting tools, resource efficiency, goal setting methods, stakeholder engagement for continuous improvement and Environmental Life Cycle Assessments (LCA). She has extensive experience engaging cross functional teams and supply chains of global brands predominantly in footwear, apparel and processed foods having supported operations in India, Vietnam, U.S.A and Thailand including in lead program support and project management roles. Ms. Subramanian uses her certification and training in the GRI Standards to support corporations in assessing, benchmarking, managing and reporting on their sustainability initiatives using international GRI metrics.

Ms. Subramanian also brings in her technical experience to strategy building & implementation, having supported implementation of IFC’s Vietnam Improvement Program. In her role here, she supported on-site resource efficiency (energy, water, material & waste) assessments at supplier factories of top global sports and apparel brands. She engaged suppliers in implementing resource efficiency recommendations and in continuous improvement programs by building a viable business case for sustainability.