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Ushma has had a lifelong interest in waste reduction. Before the term "zero waste" was coined, she was raising awareness about consumption and waste with her schoolmates and work colleagues. Prior to joining the Think Zero LLC team, Ushma held senior management roles with American Express, Booz & Co., and Katzenbach Partners. She has worked on environmental issues with organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund, the Department of Environment of the City of Chicago, and Acumen.
Ushma is on the Board of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) and the NYC chapter of New York League of Conservation Voters and was on the Board of Sustainable South Bronx (including overseeing the for-profit subsidiary Cool Roofs that worked on cooling and greening roofs throughout NYC).
Ushma holds degrees from Georgetown University, Columbia University and Harvard University. She is certified as a TRUE Zero Waste Business Associate by GBCI.
Before forming Think Zero LLC, Sarah previously ran the Solid Waste and Zero Waste Programs for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS). Her work focused on implementing the Zero Waste Plan by increasing commercial, school, and NYCHA composting and recycling, encouraging waste reduction, reuse, and donation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from waste, and developing/improving waste policy citywide. She was on the team that created the Zero Waste section of OneNYC and led the Waste section of the 80x50 plan.
Sarah also ran the multi-agency Zero Waste Steering Committee, developed and lead the Mayor’s Zero Waste Challenge, and pushed forward groundbreaking work around light pollution.
Sarah is a Board Member of Sanitation Foundation and Earth Day Initiative, she is Former Chair and long time member of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB), and a Board of Trustees member of the College of the Atlantic.
Sarah holds a B.S. from Boston University School of Management and a certificate from New York University. She is certified as a TRUE Zero Waste Business Associate by GBCI.
Anna is a Senior Associate at Think Zero LLC. Prior to joining Think Zero, Anna spent seven months working on an organic farm in rural Connecticut, and two years at a global investment bank as an analyst.
Anna is a Master Composter, certified by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, and a former rescuer at the food rescue nonprofit Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. She is an active participant and Committee Member of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board. She is also a founding member of the #SaveOurCompost campaign in NYC.
She has a B.A. from Columbia College and is certified as a TRUE Zero Waste Business Associate by GBCI.
Belinda is a public health professional, environmental justice activist, and the sustainability content creator and educator behind the platform A Healthy Blueprint. Prior to joining the Think Zero LLC team as a Senior Associate, she worked at a global advocacy organization supporting 1,000 youth advocates in their work to advance gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights in their countries.
In her previous experiences, Belinda executed events at global conferences, developed in-person and digital learning curricula, hosted capacity building workshops, and carried out studies and programs in domestic and international settings. Currently, she is an active participant of the Climate Reality Project NYC Chapter’s Food Committee, the #SaveOurCompost coalition’s social media team, and uses her sustainability platform to cover topics on intersectional environmentalism, her personal low impact living journey, and her interest in food sovereignty.
Belinda holds a BA degree in Psychology from the Macaulay Honors Program at Baruch College and a MSPH degree specializing in Social and Behavioral Interventions from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Alex is an Associate at Think Zero LLC. He has a passion for the environment and waste reduction and hopes to one day have a regenerative farm. Prior to joining Think Zero, Alex spent three years as a management and technology consultant at RSM.
Alex has a B.A in Urban Planning from Binghamton University and is an accredited LEED Green Associate by USGBC.