About Us

The New York Sustainable Business Council (NYSBC) works directly with business leaders, regional business networks, and allied organizations to advance a vibrant, just, and sustainable economic future throughout New York. NYSBC was founded in 2013 by forward-thinking business leaders and local business network organizers across New York State who recognized the need for a unified voice advocating for a more equitable and sustainable economy. As the state-level affiliate of the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN), NYSBC also works in collaboration with ASBN on federal policy and multi-state efforts.

The vast majority of businesses in New York State are small, independent, and local — yet they are governed by regulations that are heavily influenced—if not blatantly written—by national and multinational corporations. NYSBC offers the underserved small, independent, and local business leaders access to learn about and provide input on key state and federal policies that directly impact them and the success of their businesses. As local and BIPOC-owned businesses have been disproportionately hurt by the COVID pandemic, it is critical that we work together to ensure that such businesses get the support they need and a voice in Albany and Washington.

Our Team

The ongoing activities and long term evolution of this organization has been driven by countless business leaders across the state.  We are grateful for everyone who has joined us by video or marched with us to Albany. You are a critical part of this team as well.   Please contact us to learn more about how to get involved.

Board of Directors

    Braden Crooks
    President

    Braden is a founding partner at Designing the We, a social impact design studio operating in community-driven social and economic development.
        Chris Burger
        Treasurer

        Chris is the president/owner of Horizon Enterprises, a 26-year-old resource management company engaged in computer programming.
            Christine Appah

            Christine is an attorney and consultant who specializes in environmental justice and sustainability. In addition to her work, Christine teaches environmental justice as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
                Gladys Brangman

                Gladys is at her best when serving others and has set out to make the small business world more profitable by offering support services and networking opportunities.
                    Kathleen Curtis, LPN

                    Kathy is the former Executive Director and current Senior Policy Advisor of Clean and Healthy NY (CHNY). Kathy has 30 years of experience in the environmental health movement and....
                        Jan Rhodes Norman

                        A serial entrepreneur and mother of six, Jan started her first business, Silk Oak, in 1977. Now 30 years later, Silk Oak continues to produce brightly colored, hand-silkscreened clothes for....

                          Staff

                            Miaojun Pang
                            CRM & Communications

                            Miaojun has an interdisciplinary background in marketing, computer science, and sustainability.
                                Katie Ellman
                                Communications Coordinator

                                Katie has an extensive background working at the intersection of the arts, culture, community organizing and civic engagement...
                                    Bob Rossi
                                    Executive Director

                                    When leading NYSBC efforts, Bob draws from his diverse experience in sustainable business, nonprofit development, community organizing, and activism...
                                        Camille Cannistraci
                                        Deputy Director

                                        Camille has a passion for the reduction of environmental factors contributing to the rise of chronic disease, including transformation to a safer chemicals economy....