Leadership Team

Co-Presidents


Shubhra Singhal
ss4231@columbia.edu
SUMA c/o December 2013
Shubhra grew up in India and Oman and has been working in New York with an architectural firm for the past five years. She is interested in developing and implementing social investing strategies that companies can integrate into their existing business models and subsequently make investments that are environmentally and socially beneficial. In her free time, she likes to read, experiment with cooking, and travel.

Lisa S. Howard
lsh2120@columbia.edu
SUMA c/o December 2013
Lisa is a LEED-AP in Building Design and Construction who worked for a South Florida construction management company before moving back to her native Barbados. There, she worked as a consultant for the Canadian High Commission and most recently for the owner/developer operator of The Crane Resorts. She sees the Net Impact SUMA chapter as an opportunity for students to demonstrate how a practical, multidisciplinary education can advance sustainability to game-changing heights. When she’s not fused to a chair in the Lehman Library, you’ll find her behind a camera lens or an e-book or in a window seat of a plane.

VP of Membership


Suveksha Basnyat
sb3353@columbia.edu
SUMA c/o December 2013
Suveksha grew up in Nepal and India. She worked in the finance and banking industry before joining the SUMA program. In 2011, she founded an eco-friendly and socially responsible contemporary women’s knitwear label in New York. In her free time, she likes to travel and go trekking.

Co-VPs of Public Relations and Community Outreach


Charlotte Peyraud
cfp2114@columbia.edu
SUMA c/o May 2014
Charlotte has a background in environmental marketing. Prior to starting as a full time student in the SUMA program, she worked as the Marketing and Outreach Manager at Green Seal, an environmental ecolabel. She enjoys running, cooking and traveling.

Esther Pang
ep2692@columbia.edu
SUMA c/o December 2015
Esther is a Business Manager with project management background working in finance. A strong advocate for Corporate Social Responsibility, she sits on the steering committee at work that promotes environment and social finance awareness. Her main interest is corporate strategies, though very inspired by sustainable designs, particularly in fashion.

VP of Marketing and Communication

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Dana McManamon
dem2170@columbia.edu

Dana has over 4 years experience in environmental consultancy, marketing and communications, and leadership and management. She expects to graduate in May, 2015 and hopes to pursue a career in corporate sustainability.

Co-VPs of Events


Yon Lam
yl2813@columbia.edu
SUMA c/o May 2014
Yon is a part-time student focusing on communications and sustainable consumption from a personal and corporate standpoint. She currently works with a company that manages entrepreneurial office space in New York City and aspires to own her own sustainable company in the next year.

Tamanna Virmani
tm2650@columbia.edu
SUMA c/o May 2014
Tamanna is a Senior Business Process Analyst with twelve years of professional experience. She plans to incorporate existing corporate knowledge on how companies currently work with Sustainability knowledge of how companies should work to achieve a triple bottom line that positively impacts people, planet, and profit (in that order).

VP of Finance


Theresa Formato
tf2287@columbia.edu
SUMA c/o December 2013
Theresa is currently a Financial Analyst with Columbia University Facilities. She loves the outdoors, especially hiking and running.

Co-VPs of Career Development


Danielle Sack
dls2176@columbia.edu
SUMA c/o December 2013
Danielle is currently working at a midsized architectural firm and hoping that the SUMA program will help to supplement knowledge and action toward responsible architecture. Net Impact is similarly striving for improved global conditions through leadership.

Santiago Steele
ss4026@columbia.edu
SUMA c/o May 2013
Santiago’s professional background includes working as a top agent at one of New York City’s largest real estate brokerages, providing expert advisory to developers, management companies, and investors. Over the last three years, he has refocused his career to helping organizations achieve their sustainability and corporate social responsibility goals.

Faculty Advisor


Prof. Satyajit Bose