Sandy Skees leads the Innovation & Impact Practice at Porter Novelli, a global purpose/communications consultancy, where she works with companies to drive positive business, societal and environment outcomes simultaneously.
She previously led the sustainability practice at BSI, a global environment, health, safety and sustainability consulting firm. She has extensive experience in developing sustainability strategy, including aligning purpose, messaging and communications with business continuity planning, responsible supply chain, and ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) programs. Prior to BSI, Sandy served as Managing Director for Fenton Communications, accelerating progress through social change communications working with foundations, activists and campaigns. Over the years, her work with corporations, nonprofits, and NGOs has been focused on everyday products, recycling and waste, renewable energy, supply chain, human rights issues, social justice and LGBTQ and gender issues.
Skees previously ran her own firm Communications4Good (C4G), where she served early stage and Fortune 500 companies exclusively in the sustainability and CSR sectors. Before founding C4G, she was a partner at Porter Novelli, where she managed the global HP account team in 20 cities/10 countries around the world. Her client experience includes work with JUST Water, Equinix, Samsung, Avaya, Carton Council, Energizer, Cradle to Cradle, and Plantronics.
She sits on numerous boards including Sustainable Brands, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, and Mini Mermaid Running Club at The Diversity Center. In Santa Cruz, she founded 100 Women Who Care, Breaking the Glass Ballot, and was appointed to a four-year team on the County's Human Services Commission. She is a seasoned speaker on brand, messaging and sustainability/ESG strategy. Check out her December 2019 TED talk.
Sandy and her wife reside near the ocean when they're not traveling, sailing or visiting their daughters and son-in-law in San Francisco and Seattle.