Leadership Council

The e-Stewards Leadership Council serves as the e-Stewards Advisory Body, representing.  It makes recommendations to the e-Stewards program administrator in the areas of:

  • Technical matters
  • Value Proposition for Business
  • Environmental and Social Policy
  • Marketing and Promotions
  • International Expansion
  • Membership of the Leadership Council
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Established in 2010, with a total of fifteen possible seats, the Council is comprised of e-Stewards Recycler representatives, e-Stewards Enterprise representatives, and ‘Other’ representatives (NGOs, government) portioned equally. The seats are rotated on a three year cycle.

The Leadership Council presides over three subcommittees:

  • The Technical Committee (comprising of one representative from every e-Stewards Certified Recycler)
  • The Promotions Advisory Committee (open to all e-Stewards Certified Recyclers)
  • Membership Committee (a subset of the Leadership Council)

Leadership Council Members must be committed to the e-Stewards Mission and agree to abide by the Leadership Council Terms of Reference.  Candidates for the Leadership Council can be self-nominated or nominated by the Leadership Council’s Membership Committee.  For interest in serving on the Leadership Council contact Mandy Knudtson: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Bob Akers

The Surplus Exchange

Bob Akers has been a community activist in the Kansas City area for twenty years. He has taken on a number of causes: environmental, education, arts, urban sprawl, and youth sports. His first assignment at The Surplus Exchange was to launch their eWaste Program. The program based its operations on responsible and sustainable electronic recycling, even before the industry began to shift to that direction.

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Aaron Blum

Electronic Recyclers International, Inc.

Aaron Blum is the Co-Founder of Electronic Recyclers International, Inc., which was founded in 2005. Aaron has helped direct ERI’s growth from one facility in 2005 to seven facilities nationwide processing over one hundred million pounds of e-waste recycling per year. He has over ten-years experience in the e-waste recycling industry.

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Matt Hansen


Matt Hansen is the Director of Recycling Operations at LifeSpan and is responsible for managing the company’s global Operation and Compliance. In this role Matt focuses heavily on supporting internal and external customer needs and driving operational production, quality, and compliance. Matt has comprehensive knowledge of e-Stewards, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, OSHAS 18001, and a passion for developing high performing, lean organizations, leaders, and teams.

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Todd Zegers


Todd Zegers leads all of CloudBlue‘s direct and channel sales, partnerships and marketing efforts. Todd has been in the IT industry for over fifteen years, with ten-years experience specifically focused on asset recovery and disposal. His collective experience in the multiple facets of the IT industry give him a well-rounded perspective of the asset refresh and decommission needs of enterprise companies.

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Johnson Choo

LG Electronics

Johnson Choo works at LG Electronics as a manager with the Standards and Environmental Affairs team. He oversees the electronics take-back program in the US, including ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements; managing LG’s product stewardship program to implement certification policy; serving as the primary interface with e-waste recyclers, including conducting on-site audits; and, managing consumer awareness and corporate reporting efforts. Johnson has worked for LG Electronics for ten years, originally in Korea and now in the US.

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Reed Kaiser

Apollo Group

Reed Kaiser leads the asset management team at the Apollo Group (parent company of University of Phoenix, Institute of Professional Development, among other private education providers), which is now among the top one hundred greenest of the largest United States companies, according to Newsweek magazine. Reed is a Certified IT Asset Manager, Certified Software Asset Manager, and a Certified Hardware Asset Manager Professional.

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Stephanie Rico

Wells Fargo

Stephanie Rico focuses on external engagement for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs, and she oversees Wells Fargo’s greenhouse gas emissions accounting. She’s been driving positive change, including supporting issues such as resource management, healthcare, education and the environment, for over fifteen years.

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Sandy Freeman

Iron Mountain

Sandy Freeman is a senior product manager for Iron Mountain Information Management Iron Mountain. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing the strategy for Iron Mountain’s Data Backup & Recovery business line. Her general focus is creating new offerings that will allow customers to effectively manage and protect their information throughout its lifecycle, whether active or decommissioned. Information security is fundamental to Sandy’s work.

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Sego Jackson

Snohomish County

Sego Jackson is a Principal Planner with Snohomish County in Washington State. Sego has an extensive background in product stewardship and electronic product management. He represented local governments as one of fifteen government negotiators in the National Electronic Product Stewardship Initiative. Sego has been instrumental in developing local, state and national policies, pilots and programs related to electronics.

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Lisa Sepanski

King County

Lisa Sepanski has been with the King County, WA Solid Waste Division since 1989 and has worked on electronics recycling and product stewardship issues since 1996. In 2000, she started the Take it Back Network, a network of businesses and non-profit organizations that collect unwanted electronic products from the public for reuse or recycling. Lisa was involved in the development the WA electronic product recycling legislation that passed in 2006.

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Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D.

Green Sports Alliance

Dr. Allen Hershkowitz is the co-founder and President of the Green Sports Alliance, where he directs environmental impact reduction strategies for America’s iconic professional sports teams, leagues, and venues. He is also a Distinguished Professor in Sustainability Management in the MBA Program of the Presidio Graduate School. He has served as a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for 26 years, helping to grow NRDC into one of the most influential environmental organizations in the world.


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