Shana Rappaport has worked actively and passionately for over a decade as a community organizer and cross-industry convener to advance sustainability solutions.
Through her current work as Director of Strategic Programs for GreenBiz Group, Shana is focused on building and scaling VERGE — the leading global event series accelerating the clean economy. VERGE convenes the world’s largest companies, public sector leaders, utilities and technology innovators, fostering a diverse ecosystem of influencers to advance systemic opportunities for business, the environment and society.
Shana previously served as Director of Education for the Bioneers, and as an instrumental, nationally recognized community leader during her time as an undergraduate and graduate student at USC.
Outside of her work with GreenBiz, Shana serves on the Board of Advisors for Project Drawdown (previously Chair of the Board of Directors), as an advisor to the Restorative Leadership Institute and the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s Global Challenge, and a trained leader of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. She is also currently working as Associate Editor on a book for Emerald Press and the International Leadership Association about who we need to become as leaders to fulfill the visions outlined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement.
Some of Shana's many and varied passions include climate change mitigation and adaptation; urban resilience and smart city solutions; civic innovation and community revitalization; the decarbonization of our atmosphere and oceans and recarbonization of our soil; facilitating cross-sector collaboration, leveraging trim tabs and proliferating systems thinking.