Melissa Paschall has served as Director of the Business and Environment Initiative since September 2012. She has a deep background in corporate sustainability, including consulting engagements with a number of large corporations and nonprofits through her work as a Senior Consultant with Sustainable Business Strategies, where she specialized in sustainability reporting and sustainability strategy.
Paschall has written and co-authored a number of articles and cases, both through HBS and externally for clients such as the World Bank Institute and Net Impact. From 2005 to 2009, she also provided news analysis for the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Paschall has taught courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics, and international trade and finance, and she has spoken on topics such as sustainable design and waste as a resource.
Paschall has completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in Management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and expects to receive her degree in early 2013. She holds a Masters with concentrations in corporate social responsibility and international trade from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an AB in economics from Princeton University. Paschall serves on the Advisory Board of Boston Net Impact.
For her doctoral dissertation at University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), Paschall collaborated with the Sustainable Food Laboratory to study the role of voluntary certifications in improving small farmer livelihoods in developing countries.