Members of BCL's Advisory Board have all made a commitment to:

  • Provide ongoing guidance on goals and strategy 
  • Help engage individuals, companies, and other organizations in BCL activities
  • Co-create, collaborate and participate in BCL activities
  • Act as an advocate for BCL when and where convenient and appropriate

Richard Eidlin

Richard Eidlin is Vice President, Policy and Campaigns and Co-founder of American Sustainable Business Council.  He has worked for 30 years on sustainability, social entrepreneurship, policy, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) in both the public and private sectors.  In these efforts, Richard has served in many capacities:  as Business Outreach Director for the Apollo Alliance; Co-Director of Colorado Clean Tech for Obama; as a consultant to the UN Environment Programme; as Vice President with Solar Works, Inc.; as a board member for New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility; and as an adjunct faculty with Boston College.  He currently teaches environmental policy at the University of Denver, serves on the board of Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center, and is Advisor to the State Innovation Exchange.  Richard earned an MPP from the University of Wisconsin and a B.S. from the University of Maryland.

Zina Spezakis

After a successful career as a financial services executive, Zina Spezakis started her next career in clean energy technology.  She has coupled her passion for environmental causes with her interest in helping grow companies sustainably and profitably.  Driven by a strong sense of urgency for environment, she is focused on helping and investing in clean-tech start-ups and sustainable business practices.  She is currently on the board of directors of Ecolectro, a Cornell startup in clean energy and on the board of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Citizen’s Climate Education.  Zina has a demonstrated record of accomplishment in investment management, operations, business creation, resource planning, budgeting, risk management, strategic planning, and media appearances.  With over 20 years of experience, she worked in asset management in a variety of roles including trading, portfolio management, operations and distribution, servicing retail and institutional investors in both traditional and alternative investments.  She has led and grown investment advisers throughout most of her career.  Previously, at MA Capital Management, Zina was part of team that brought alternative investments to the retail space.  At Allianz Global Investors, she was Chief Operating Officer (Managed Accounts) and Director of Risk Management and Operations (US retail), responsible for approximately $130 Billion in assets.  She has also worked at PIMCO Funds, Morgan Stanley Private Client Services and Chase Private Banking.  Zina earned her MBA in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago School of Social Sciences.  She also has dual undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Economics and Government and is a Charted Financial Analyst.

Joel Stone

Joel Stone’s participation and engagement with BCL is driven by his long-term commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability using industrial biotechnology to offer solutions:  “I think the BCL platform will allow allindustries and governments to engage interactively to identify a unified pathway for maintaining an environment that our children and grandchildren can feel safe in for generations to come.”

Joel is the President of ConVergInce Advisers, and serves as Executive Vice President of Lee Enterprises Consultants, the world’s premier bioeconomy consulting group. As Executive Vice President, he serves as the practice Leader of the Renewable Chemicals, Anaerobic Digestion/Biogas, Water Treatment, and Bioethanol groups.  He has been a long-term visionary and respected leader in commercialization of industrial biotechnology. ConVergInce Advisers is focused on delivering “Visionary & Innovative Solutions” including commercialization assistance for advanced technology clients in renewable chemicals, biochemicals, biofuels, and agricultural and biobased ingredients for food and consumer products. Joel is the former President of Green Biologics Inc. where he led the development of the commercial platform of the company in North America for renewable n-butanol and acetone for use in the renewable specialty and performance chemical
markets.   Previously he led Osage Bio Energy in establishing new product and business opportunities and ushering BioRefining to the forefront of biofuel facilities. Joel has served as the Chief Operating Officer for both AS Alliances Biofuels, LLC and Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation.

Joel's accomplishments included the planning, construction, and startup of three 100 MMGPY fuel grade ethanol plants. He was Vice President of Operations for Opta Food Ingredients, a developer and manufacturer of functional starch, protein, and fiber ingredients. Earlier in his career, Joel
served as Director of Manufacturing for Genencor, a biotechnology developer and manufacturer of food and industrial grade enzymes.

Joel holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic University and an MS in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.  He serves as a Board Advisor for the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium and serves on the GC3 Startup Network Steering Committee. He has also been selected to the Biofuels Digest Top 100 in Bioeconomy: #58 in 2015, #59 in 2014.