Our Team: Senior Strategists

Tamara Gracon, M.B.A.
Human Capital; DEI&B; Strategy Economics; Conscious Leadership & Governance

  • A highly skilled, technology savvy executive with C-level leadership experience in strategy, process improvement, technology selection and deployment, along with global project management, for a $26B revenue company
    Deep executive experience identifying and resolving complex issues facing organizations in the technology, media, and consumer products industries involving competitive market strategy, operations, tax, transfer pricing (TP), supply chain, and valuation
    Fluent in Lean Six Sigma principles as applied to strategic change management to streamline inefficient processes, harmonize diverse points of view, and provide meaningful ROI to clients on target
    Recognized leadership in numerous contexts focused on advancing DEI&B concerns and opportunities
    Working with companies to embrace ESG as a competitive advantage to drive profit and impact in their market sector
  • Member, National Board of Directors and San Francisco Chapter President, Private Directors Association
  • Advisory Board, How Women Lead Silicon Valley, helping to elevate women’s leadership success including preparing them for board service, promoting gender diversity and board best practices
  • CEO and Founder, TBG Consulting LLC, a strategy and change management consultancy
  • Management Consultant, The Consultants Collective
  • Managing Director – Tax for KPMG LLP. For nineteen years led their Economic and Valuation Services (EVS) including transfer pricing, valuation, and economic analysis
    Advised clients from early stage start-ups to Fortune 100 executive teams
  • Founding Limited Partner, How Women Invest, a gender lens fund with 90% female (and 54% women of color) investors committed to supporting women-founded enterprises
  • Senior Associate, Wheat First Union, Investment Banking
  • Legislative Staff, Congressman John Ensign, who was then active on the Ways and Means Committee
  • Management Program - Oxford University, Trinity College
  • M.B.A., Finance, Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business
  • B.A., Political Science and Economics, University of Colorado Boulder

Peter Hess, M.A.
Sustainable Workforce Development; Sustainability-ESG Strategy, Program Design, and Integration; Materiality Assessments; Standards Alignment

  • 30+ years of expertise in conceiving, planning, and leading corporate transformation initiatives
  • Senior Consultant, Slalom and the North Highland Company (13 years) conceiving, planning, and executing global organizational large/complex projects in sustainability, organization change management, human capital, and Enterprise Performance Management.
  • Owner, Change Partners, Inc. (12 years), overseeing and executing all facets of organizational effectiveness consulting with corporate and business unit executives in matrixed, global organizations
  • Director, Bayer Corporation, and Senior Manager, Nabisco (8 years) designing and implementing organizational effectiveness, planning, and learning initiatives
  • Facilitated and consulted to over 30 union/management teams on workforce development and reskilling across the country as Associate Director, Union-Mgmt. Relations, AT&T Alliance For Employee Growth
    Developed a “Culture of Sustainability” offering to infuse sustainability in all of an organization’s strategy and operations
  • Fostered consensus among disparate stakeholders on the model of the Rutgers University Climate and Environmental Change Initiative
  • Advanced a firm’s net-zero pledge by conceiving and implementing an internal “carbon tax”, including an employee engagement and communication plan
  • Empowered the swift integration of two pharmaceutical businesses by fostering alignment on and project managing an integration plan
  • Helped create a new North American home design business fostering consensus among disparate functional and business unit leaders on their vision, purpose, approach and operations
  • Program Chair, New Jersey Organization Development Network
  • Board Member, Human Resource Planning Group and Philadelphia Region OD Network
  • Committee service with American Society of Training and Development; the National Society of Performance and Instruction
  • Assessor, "Baldrige Quality Award”, Quality New Jersey
  • Instructor at Columbia University and NYU
  • M.A., Human Resource Mgmt. and Labor Relations, Rutgers University
  • B.A., Swarthmore College

Eliza Erskine, M.A.
ESG Analysis; Sustainability and Climate Strategy; Reporting Program Design and Compliance

  • Principal (since 2018) of her independent firm, Green Buoy Consulting, providing ESG program design and implementation services to high-growth companies; clients include Payoneer, Welch's, and OneWorkplace
    Provide holistic ESG strategies, carbon footprint analysis, net zero strategy, and B Corp certification conformance
  • Speaker on ESG topics at various industry events such as those hosted by Terra.do, 500 Startups, the Consulate General of the Netherlands, and the Connecticut Sustainable Business Council
  • Subject Matter Advisor, Good.Lab; Executive in Residence, The Fashioneering Lab
  • ESG Lead, Kara, focused on supporting venture capital investors and technology companies in streamlining their climate disclosures and ESG reporting processes to successfully meet compliance requirements
  • Business Specialist, Federated Investors, providing operational and development support for local government investment pools valued at $76B. Facilitated stakeholder communications in support of daily transactional activity. Analyzed business risks and opportunities to multiple internal groups. Created project and test plans for 25 issues annually; produced a statistics dashboard for reporting
  • Client Service, Massachusetts Municipal Depository Trust, responsible for demonstrating operational and implementation processes for current clients, including participating in business development and project planning within client service teams. Analyzed client behavior; coordinated with sales and trading teams to develop client outreach and acquisition projects
  • Community Business Outreach Coordinator, New Generation Energy, responsible for communicating the local+GREEN program to increase engagement from business owners, communities, and local governments
  • At MSCI (Morgan Stanley Capital International):
    As ESG Client Services Associate, developed expertise in the MSCI ESG product suite and conducted training on multiple MSCI products. Advanced internal projects while concurrently maintaining over 350 client relationships
    As ESG Analyst, covered the ESG metrics of approximately 350 small market capitalization companies to evaluate risk exposure, presented developing issues to the ESG Small Cap team, and provided feedback and edits on over 100 company profiles. Also researched and compiled qualitative and quantitative issues for diversified chemical companies
  • M.A., Sustainability and Environment Management, Harvard University (Extension School)
  • B.B.A, Questrom School of Business – Entrepreneurial Studies & Business Law, Boston University

Matt Karnes, M.B.A./C.P.A.
Financial Materiality Analysis; Valuation Strategy; P&L Modeling; Pro forma Content Development

  • Over twenty-five years of diverse finance and accounting experience, serving clients with independent, institutional quality financial research and analysis
  • Managing Director, GreenWave Advisors, providing comprehensive research and financial analysis for the cannabis industry
    Produces fundamental intel throughout the cannabis ecosystem – including detailed, comprehensive analysis and transparent due diligence reports for fully defendable financial forecasts
  • Analyst, SG Cowen, covering satellite communications
  • Vice President, Equity Analyst (Consumer Internet) at Bear Stearns & Co., where his team was consistently recognized by Institutional Investor as an “All America Research Team”
  • As a sell side equity analyst, authored or and  co-authored numerous industry research reports including for Google, Sirius, XM Satellite Radio, DIRECTV and EchoStar Communications, among others
  • Equity Analyst, Wachovia Securities, covering radio broadcasting and cable television
  • Held various finance and accounting positions at PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, and Texaco
    Executed client engagements throughout the U.S., Europe, The Caribbean, and Asia
  • At Chase Manhattan, responsible for implementing corporate accounting policies on commodity, interest rate, and foreign currency derivative products
  • Series 7 and 63 licensee, FINRA/SIPC
  • M.B.A., Gabelli School of Business – Fordham University
  • B.S., Business Administration (Accounting and Finance), Miami University (OH)

Yan Hai, M.A.Sc
Compliance, Quality, Risk and Regulations - SOPs, TQM, FDA, EU-GMP, ISO

  • Over 18 years of progressive experience in the pharmaceutical, cannabis, medical device, and natural health products industries including scientific and quality management contributions to some 300 projects to date
  • Knowledge and extensive experience within a range of quality and compliance matters including cGxPs, FDA and Health Canada drug, cannabis and medical device regulatory standards, and ISO frameworks
  • A track record of success improving quality systems, interpreting new regulatory requirements, fixing gaps between quality systems and regulatory standards, implementing CAPA systems, and advancing quality processes to ensure compliance and cost effectiveness
  • Held a variety of roles with global pharmaceutical leaders including Sanofi Pasteur, Novartis, Taro Pharmaceuticals and Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • President and Principal Consultant – Innova Medipharm, Inc., specializing in regulatory compliance, quality assurance, and cGxPs services for the cannabis and pharmaceutical industries
  • Client engagements include inspection readiness, auditing, SOP development, GMP and ISO qualification, quality management system alignment, deviation investigation, gap assessment and change control programs
  • M.A.Sc, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry & Biomaterials/Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
  • B.Eng., Chemical Engineering, Tongji University, China