About dMASS Inc.

dMASS Inc. was founded on a simple idea: good business and good environmental management are one and the same.

While our team members come from different perspectives, work experiences, and geographies, we all appreciate the importance of improving resource performance. We all see the interconnections between innovation, resource management, business, and human well being. We all recognize that the business case for strategic resource management is strengthening each day. And while we believe that resource constraints pose a significant threat to businesses and to communities globally, we also believe that there is enormous potential for businesses to leverage innovation to deliver more benefits to more people with fewer resources - to do better with less on a large scale. We know that it’s possible to improve the quality of life for people across the globe, run profitable businesses, and manage resources for the long term.

When we came together a few short years ago, we began to ask each other how we could help others understand why improving resource performance is the key to improving human well being, environmental conditions, and business competitiveness, and how we could help businesses leverage emerging technologies and research to do better with less. Today, we each maintain a positive perspective and a personal drive to help businesses and other organizations with the strategic use of resources for a secure future.

Meet the Team

Kathryn Lewis
Co-Founder/CEO

Kathryn Lewis dMASSKathryn has written about resources and their relationship to innovation, metrics, waste minimization, logistics, and supply chain management, and has presented dMASS research and innovations to audiences in Europe and the United States. Prior to co-founding dMASS, Kathryn developed an online network for scientists and business leaders working in energy harvesting. Her past experience also includes healthcare management consulting, and marketing analysis for a global logistics company. She currently serves as an executive board member for o.s.Earth Inc., a company that delivers global simulation events based on Buckminster Fuller’s “The World Game.”
Kathryn is also an advisory board member for Emmett Global, a company in the Internet privacy space. She holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy, and a BA from McGill University in Montreal. Connect with Kathryn on Twitter.

Howard J. Brown
Co-Founder/Keynote Speaker

Howard has dedicated his work life to the pursuit of business opportunities that arise from creative environmental management practices. For more than 20 years as CEO of Resource Planning & Management Systems (RPM), Inc., in New Haven, Connecticut, he worked with major companies such as Duracell, Avery Dennison, Mobil, GE, John Deere, Whirlpool, Warner Lambert, and Pfizer to establish or enhance their environmental practices and performance.  Before the “greening” of corporations became as popular as it is today, Howard worked with clients on techniques and strategies for turning environmental costs into opportunities and integrating resource management issues profitably into corporate decision-making.  Before there were social ventures and talk of sustainability, he was already forming new businesses to unify good environment and business practices.  His proven techniques are still state-of-the-art at universities and corporations around the globe today, and he continues to push the leading edge with new ideas.  For two decades, Howard was a popular lecturer at Yale University and at Wesleyan University, where his courses on environmental planning and economic development inspired countless students to become leaders in this field.  Howard was also student and colleague of R. Buckminster Fuller and is an authority on the social and economic implications of Fuller’s work. Today, Howard is a popular and inspiring speaker who delivers a much-needed perspective on thriving in a world with growing resource constraints. Find out more about Howard’s experience and speaking here. Connect with Howard on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Anu Narayan
Product & Business Development

Anu Narayan is a marketing and product development professional with a passion for designing and building innovative technologies. Prior to joining dMASS, Anu co-founded her own mobile SaaS startup (Appguppy), with the goal of democratizing mobile apps through advanced HTML5 technology. After growing the Appguppy user base across the US, Europe and Asia, Anu and her partner sold Appguppy to a data management company in order to transition the technology from a consumer to enterprise focus. Her past experience also includes working in healthcare for Human Genome Sciences, online retail for eBay, IT for Patni Computer Services and practicing law for the US government. She holds a Bachelors in Political Science from McGill University, a law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Kristin Aldred Cheek
Strategy

Kristin is a sustainable business strategist and researcher investigating how design can support sustainable behavior relative to producer responsibility, resource recovery, lifecycle impacts, and health. She is currently a first-year PhD student in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University. Her past experience includes advising companies on energy efficiency and resource performance, managing communications on environmental cleanup projects, and conducting research related to public participation in natural resource management and the economic impacts of natural resource use. Kristin holds an M.S. in Forest Social Sciences from Oregon State University and a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University. Connect with Kristin on Twitter.

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Lionel Wolberger
Technology & Systems

Lionel is a multidisciplinary scholar, engineer, and musician who has published on digital security, computer-based visualizations, and the role of music and intonation in rational discourse.  An expert in information systems security, he is also an award-winning educator, composer, musicologist, and consultant on web technologies.  He has been a colleague of Howard Brown for more than two decades, conducting joint research projects and fostering web-based communities such as the Tensegrity Wiki.  Their most recent collaboration has involved researching the scientific and engineering aspects of dMASS, approaches to resource performance and dematerialization, and metrics for measuring progress toward naked value.  Lionel earned a doctorate from Wesleyan University and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

 

 

 

 

Contributors

Mark Loeffler
Lighting & environmental designer

A director of Atelier Ten and head of that firm’s New Haven office, Mark is an accomplished lighting and environmental designer. Emphasizing integrated and resourceful design to enhance the visual experience of buildings, he has lectured widely and consulted on many significant green building projects both in the United States and abroad.  His recent projects include several award-winning, LEED-certified university student centers, academic research buildings, and sports facilities. An editorial advisor to Architectural Lighting magazine, he is a professional member of the International Association of Lighting Designers, a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, Lighting Certified (LC) by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions, and a LEED Accredited Professional.  Mark holds a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.F.A. in Architectural Lighting Design from Parsons The New School for Design where he is a visiting lecturer.

Daniela Nelke
Graphic designer

Daniela is a freelance graphic designer with over 15 years of experience in the creative industry. For dMASS she has not only designed the website but also communication materials and the book cover for Naked Value. Daniela is working globally and across a variety of areas including fashion, interiors, travel and technology, accumulating great industry know-how and providing her with a broad network of business contacts. She has also worked in visual merchandising and stage design. A great passion for interiors has ultimately led her to building a sideline business in furniture up-cycling and interior styling. Daniela holds a Master Degree in Interior Architecture & Production Design from the University of Applied Science for Design & Media in Hanover, Germany.

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