Team

Debbie O’Brien Krackeler

Debbie is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) expert with fifteen years of experience advising companies on integrating CSR into daily business decision-making. The primary focus of Debbie’s engagement with companies is creating forums and developing their capacity to integrate sustainability into their core business operations. Her key area of expertise is sustainable supply chains, and she has been pivotal in initiatives imagining the next generation of supply chain practices. While the majority of her work has been with consumer products and food/agriculture companies, she has also worked with companies in the pharmaceutical, automotive, and information technology sectors.

Debbie’s training experience is extensive. She has developed the content for and conducted supplier trainings in over fifteen countries in Asia and Latin America. She has facilitated a number of Working Groups focusing on topics ranging from transparency in the wool supply chain to working conditions in the agriculture supply chain.  She has conducted intensive research on the living wage and metrics for measuring workers’ basic needs for a number of companies, and contributed to a comprehensive study on the effectiveness of supply chain policies in the apparel and agriculture sectors for the World Bank.

For the past six years Debbie has been working as an independent CSR consultant. During her nine year tenure with Business for Social Responsibility, Debbie served as their Director of Consumer Products and Director of Human Rights. Prior to joining BSR, Debbie worked at Levi Strauss & Company in the Government Affairs department, focusing on labor rights for their global supply chain.  She also served as the Deputy Director for the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, and worked for Speaker of the US House of Representatives Tom Foley for three years. Debbie earned a Masters in Public Policy at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School and a BA from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington.

Stacey Smith

Stacey brings over 20 years of experience in the areas of strategy, engagement, sustainability and CSR, and organizational development.  She believes that “great process” is an enabler of better outcomes.  As such she has pursued understanding and mastery of a wide variety of approaches to bringing people together to clarify and achieve their shared objectives.  Her toolbox includes approaches from systems thinking, conflict resolution, large scale change, organizational learning, stakeholder engagement and team development.  She is an expert facilitator and enjoys bringing a sense of humor into most situations.

For the past 12 years Stacey has worked at the intersection of the corporate, civil society and governmental sectors on issues of social and environmental impact acquiring expertise in the areas of human rights, water, land use, labor rights and community development.  She has worked with large corporations such as ADM, Allstate, Kraft, GE, Nestle Waters, HP, Pfizer, Areva, Avon, Coca-Cola and Unilever.

Through her corporate work over the years she has developed experience and relationships with large non-profit and multi-lateral organizations.  She has helped these organizations understand and come into productive relationship with the corporate sector, often acting as a bridge between the two sectors and their unique cultures and needs.  She has worked with a variety of these organizations such as Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, IPIECA, and UN Global Compact.

Stacey was most recently with GreenOrder, an environmental strategy consultancy.  Priori to that she spent 9 years at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) leading clients through their journey to sustainability and 9 years at Arthur Andersen in their auditing and consulting practices.  She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and has completed various graduate and professional education courses in the areas of accounting, change management, and organizational development.