Jill Kauffman Johnson


Jill Kauffman Johnson is the Vice President of Global Sustainability and External Affairs at TerraVia. She leads strategy and execution of TerraVia’s sustainability agenda, stakeholder engagement, and related public policy activities to support and enhance the company’s mission to make products that are better for people and the planet. Prior to joining TerraVia, Jill was a Principal and Managing Director of California Environmental Associates (CEA), a consulting firm working at the intersection of policy, philanthropy and the private sector to address some of today’s most serious environmental challenges. She founded the Sustainable Business practice working with clients to assess their operations to help green supply chains, improve operational efficiency, and reduce costs. Jill has extensive experience in assisting manufacturers in chemical management, greening companies, and facilitating joint environmental initiatives among the private and non-profit sectors. She was the co-founder and Executive Director of the non-profit, Chemical Strategies Partnership. She led efforts to define and grow the Chemical Management Services (CMS) industry working with leading chemical service suppliers, their customers, and other stakeholders. Jill has also supported the launch of numerous nonprofit organizations including ClimateWorks Foundation, Trust for Conservation Innovation, Institute for Industrial Productivity, Global Buildings Performance Network, and the Roots of Change (ROC) Fund. Prior to joining CEA, Jill was the founding Director of the Pacific Coast Regional Office of the Ocean Conservancy (formerly the Center for Marine Conservation). She also served as a market analyst for recycled plastic at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Jill is the recipient of the 2005 PIBA Award for Outstanding Safety, Health and Environmental Leadership to the Silicon Valley EH&S Community. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University.

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John F. Kennedy School of Government, MPP
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Managing Director
Erol Foundation
Energy & Climate Change
Engineering, Chemistry, Toxicology

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