Chris Guenther
Research Director

Economic, social and environmental systems are more dynamic and interrelated than ever. Sustainability is fundamentally about how well we harness and create value from – rather than become victims of – that interplay.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris leads SustainAbility’s think tank activities, including research and advocacy projects, trends tracking and related partnerships. He also plays a direct role in the firm’s work and thinking on key topics including corporate sustainability strategy and innovation, urban sustainability and long-term market transformation.

Most recently, he has co-authored reports including Changing Tack: Extending Corporate Leadership on Sustainable Development and Citystates II: The Case for Corporate Leadership in Urban Sustainability.

Chris is also an experienced strategy consultant, facilitator and trusted advisor to leading companies in the energy, ICT, food, consumer goods and transportation industries. Over the last decade, his consulting work has encompassed themes including the business case for sustainability, strategy, goal-setting, marketing & communications, transparency, stakeholder engagement and multi-stakeholder collaboration. Some of his long-term and recent client relationships have included Cisco Systems, Ford Motor Company, Pacific Gas & Electric, Shell, Starbucks, The Walt Disney Company and others.

Chris’s prior experience spans the worlds of social and environmental campaign work, communications, web/graphic design and system administration. He holds a BA in English from Vassar College and MBA and MS degrees from the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise.

  • – Vassar College, BA English
    – University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources & Environment, MS
    – University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, MBA
Personal Interests
Systems, ideas, technology, food and cooking, aviation, cycling, hiking, reading, bowling
  • English


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