HEATHER BURNS
Founder, CEO

Heather is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Connecticut Sustainable Business Council.

She first became interested in sustainability in business in 1999 while living in Koh Tao, Thailand and working as a Dive Master. Diving every day in the same waters, she became aware that the two interconnected economies of fishing and tourism could benefit from understanding sustainable business practices. In 2000, she co-founded Save the Reef foundation, a non-profit organization educating local fishermen on environmental impacts — an organization that still exists today.

Prior to CTSBC, Heather spent ten years as a sustainability consultant to business leaders across sectors, and the world. She is former Vice Chair of NSF 391.1, the first ANSI Sustainability Standard for Professional Services, and has been an advisor to USEPA in the development of a methodology to identify sustainability standards and eco-labels to be utilized in procurement decisions.

ALLEGRA E. KLEIN
Director, Development and Member Services

Allegra E. Klein is a global development expert with a passion for corporate responsibility and sustainability, and a belief that businesses can increase financial returns by focusing on environmental and social impact. Originally from New York City, Allegra received her B.A. in Music from Harvard University and became an arts administrator for such cultural institutions as Carnegie Hall and Sony Music.

In 2001, Allegra founded Musicians For Harmony, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing peace and cross-cultural dialogue through music. After pursuing graduate studies in Global Affairs at NYU, Allegra relocated in 2009 to Baghdad, where she won $5 million in contracts for an Iraqi firm and led social impact projects benefitting local communities. In 2014, she became Chief Operating Officer for an international firm in northern Iraq and established a Corporate Social Responsibility division to aid Syrian refugees.

In 2016, Allegra joined the University of Connecticut’s MBA program and was awarded a graduate assistantship to help secure ISO energy efficiency certification for UConn’s Storrs campus. As founder of UConn’s Net Impact Graduate Chapter, she instituted the university’s first international MBA Sustainability Case Competition and was subsequently inducted into UConn’s Hall of Fame. Upon graduation in May 2018, Allegra joined the Connecticut Sustainable Business Council where she currently serves as Director of Development and Member Services.