Advisory Board

David Steiner

Serving as D+R’s President and CEO, David Steiner leads the company’s efforts to grow business aligned with its strategic direction and vision. He learned the lessons and benefits of improving efficiency and reusing resources early in his career, and now seeks to spread the word that responsibility and sustainability are not just good for the environment, but also for businesses, organizations, families and life in general. Steiner envisions energy efficiency and data solutions that transcend the typical confines of business and ideology. Before becoming president of D+R, he served as program manager for the ENERGY STAR program, providing leadership for the team’s efforts to promote and qualify DOE’s list of products. Prior to joining D+R, Steiner was vice president of government affairs for Maytag Corp., where he had primary responsibility for federal, state, and international government relations. He was a leading advocate for the company’s energy- and water-efficiency efforts. Steiner earned his BA from Ashland University and his MBA at Case Western Reserve University.

Deborah Fell

Deborah has 25+ years of hands-on operational marketing and executive experience. She has insight and expertise growing both business-to-business and business-to-consumer operations across numerous industries through her corporate and consulting background. Deborah currently serves as Area Managing Partner and CMO at Chief Outsiders. Deborah’s past roles have included Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Strategy for Marriott International, Division Manager for AT&T, and Senior Product Leader for Ecolab. Deborah holds her undergraduate and MBA degrees from George Washington University.

Joshua Izenberg

Josh has 20 years of experience as a corporate, finance, and transactional attorney, including seven years at Baker & McKenzie LLP, the world’s largest international law firm. Additionally, for the past 10 years he has been advising boards of directors and senior management as a senior in-house attorney at startup, mid-market, and Fortune 500 companies. Currently, Josh runs his own legal practice providing outside general counsel and M&A services to government services and technology businesses. Previously, he was the general counsel of the aerospace and defense businesses of Alliant Techsystems, prior to its merger with Orbital Sciences Corporation. Josh has co-founded two successful technology companies and is a member of the board of directors of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. He holds an MBA from Georgetown University, a BL (JD equivalent) from the University of Toronto Law School, and a BS in Computer Science from McGill University.

Eric Jensen

Eric is currently the CEO of Savvai, a coaching resource that works with executives to grow existing revenue streams or create new ones by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Eric has co-created market solutions at the edge of disruptive technologies his entire career and is a named inventor on 16 patents.

Kobby Osei-Kusi

Kobby is the founder of Pirl Technology, a fast-growing energy startup developing consumer electronic and electric vehicle (EV) products. He also leads OKF-USA, the US arm of OKF, a non-profit organization providing scholarships in Africa. Prior to that, he was a developer at The AES Corporation, a publicly traded company operating generation and distribution assets globally. Before AES, he was an investment banker with Credit Suisse in New York. He holds a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives in San Francisco and enjoys running and writing.

Tara Rethore

Tara Rethore, CEO of Strategy for RealTM, works with CEOs, boards, and executives to take strategy off the page and into action. Prior to founding and running her successful business, Tara held executive leadership roles at Lafarge and Arthur D. Little. She has advised senior leaders across a variety of industries, globally, and in mission-driven and for-profit contexts. Currently, Tara serves on the boards of D+R International, Inc. and several nonprofit organizations. A thought leader in strategic agility, leadership, and governance, Tara is frequently asked to contribute to enhanced organizational and individual performance. Tara earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and an AB cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.

Aaron Saunders

Aaron has started many enterprises over a long career and serves as CEO at Clearly Innovative Inc, a national cross-platform mobile solutions provider, Clearly Innovative Education (formerly known as Luma Lab), and Inclusive Innovation Incubator (IN3), which is Washington, DC’s first community space intentional about diversity and inclusion in the entrepreneurial and creative space. He has also served in many corporate roles growing e-commerce and web platforms, including positions at Time Warner Cable, Interworld, and Lotus. Aaron holds a BS in Computer Science from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA in Information Technology Strategy and Marketing from NYU Stern School of Business.