Chris Guenther is a Bay Area-based Associate with SustainAbility and a freelance consultant specializing in strategic insight and the development of high-impact businesses and programs to advance sustainability.
For nearly 15 years, Chris has led research, strategy, stakeholder dialogue and reporting engagements with leading companies in the automotive, energy, ICT, food & beverage and other industries, frequently maintaining client relationships for many years. He is an exceptional systems thinker and analyst, skilled at seeing the connections between micro- and macro-scale issues, understanding the perspectives of diverse stakeholders, evaluating strategic options, and crafting programs and approaches to unlock greater value for all concerned.
Chris was previously a senior consultant and Research Director at SustainAbility, where he helped to shape the field’s thinking on diverse topics including corporate sustainability leadership, transparency, business model innovation, multi-stakeholder collaboration, urbanization and more. Over the years, he has co-authored and/or played key roles in numerous SustainAbility publications and research series including The Social Intrapraneur, Rate the Raters, Citystates, Changing Tack, Model Behavior, The GlobeScan-SustainAbility Survey and Orchestrating Change.
He was also previously the US Director for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, where he was responsible for educating and catalyzing circular economy leaders across sectors in the US and enabling the Foundation to better leverage US stakeholders across its international programs. Chris also draws on previous experience as a grassroots campaign director and fundraiser, a systems administrator, web programmer, graphic designer and production manager. He graduated with a Master’s degrees in business and natural resources from the University of Michigan and has a Bachelor’s in English from Vassar College.