John Schaetzl
Lead Non-Executive Director

In the long run, environmental concern, equitable behavior and reasonable but durable returns trump a lack of concern and quick financial returns every time. These days you don’t even need to wait very long to see it happen.

John joined SustainAbility’s Board of Directors in 2008. As the Lead Non-Executive Director, he is responsible for chairing board meetings and assuring corporate governance complying with all regulatory requirements and, most importantly, monitoring fulfillment of SustainAbility’s triple bottom line charter and hybrid structure. He also provides advice to projects in his areas of experience including healthcare, investing and corporate management.

In addition to his activities at SustainAbility, John advises large foundations as well as venture capital and institutional fund managers on investments which support sustainable outcomes in global health access and economic development in emerging markets. Having participated in the three prior dialogues between pharmaceutical industry execs and institutional investors, he looks forward to Pharma Futures 4.

John retired from General Electric Asset management after a decade of healthcare investing. Prior to that he was an executive with Bayer Pharmaceuticals, a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry and a University teacher and administrator. John is the co-author of Practical Politics and American Government (McMillan) and Project 18: Effectively Educating Young Voters (Edinboro).

  • – Harvard College, BA Government
    – University of Pennsylvania, MA Political Science
Personal Interests
Board Member Columbus House Inc, working to end homelessness in New Haven, Connecticut; travel, children and grandchildren
  • English


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