About Us

Our Story

CSR Talent Group was formed to help all companies access the CSR, ESG and sustainability expertise they need – IN ONE PLACE – to address the rising demands from all their stakeholders.

After working in the field for decades, Tom Knowlton and his colleagues realized that while the demands on corporate impact professionals were growing, there were limited options to access the talent and expertise they needed to effectively manage or develop their CSR, ESG or sustainability initiatives to achieve their company’s stated impact goals.

Access to CSR, ESG and sustainability talent – full-time, fractional or project-based, for all size companies – were the missing pieces to the puzzle.

Tom’s knowledge of CSR and expertise as a consultant is clear – the creation of CSR Talent Group is a natural extension of his lifelong commitment of helping all companies maximize their impact as a force for good.

- Pat McCrummen, Global Community Impact Leader, DuPont

Why Us?

As a firm founded by leaders in the corporate impact space, we understand the type of experience and skills needed to meet a wide range of CSR, ESG and sustainability needs.  We have an extensive database of professionals in the field, developed over a twenty-year career, and have also created the first centralized portal of vetted experts with deep subject and issue experience available, “on-tap”, to all companies when they need it – to reach their corporate citizenship goals – faster.

Network of CSR, ESG and Sustainability Professionals

For executive search we tap our extensive database of professionals; for fractional and project-based work we offer a one-stop, on-demand marketplace of specialty CSR, ESG and sustainability experts to companies seeking assistance in tackling critical priority issues and a flexible way to build capacity.


We offer a one-stop, marketplace of senior ESG, CSR and sustainability experts to companies seeking new leadership and flexible ways to build capacity.

Results Define Our Success

Together we address your critical priorities, define the results you need and align your staffing plan to meet stakeholder expectations.

It's a Partnership

Whether you’re new to ESG, CSR or sustainability run a highly sophisticated corporate initiative, partnership to us means getting up to speed on your unique set of circumstances, building a staffing road map to move forward, and monitoring for success.

Leadership Team

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Tom Knowlton
Founder & CEO

Tom brings over 20 years of corporate citizenship consulting experience to help CSR Talent Group clients find, match, and oversee the CSR, ESG or sustainability expert they need to achieve their goals. As a seasoned strategist and project lead, Tom works with each client to mine their unique needs, delivers a choice of experts – from over 200 specialists in our network – to meet those needs, and then provides accountability to ensure the success of each engagement.

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Sheilah Crowley
Head of Partnerships

As a veteran relationship developer, Sheilah builds and nurtures our network of impact experts, identifies and builds partnerships with innovative companies aligned with our mission, and develops effective communications to ensure the fulfillment of our mission.

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Sarah Larson
Systems Specialist

Sarah brings administrative and operational process improvements to CSR Talent Group. She liaises with external stakeholders to maximize our business efficiencies and supports our communications systems designed to deliver valuable messages to our clients and marketplace of impact experts.

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Marci Rosen
Creative Director

Marci brings 20+ years of design and marketing expertise to CSR Talent Group. Marci works to ensure smooth, aesthetically pleasing collateral and intuitive navigation of our site for our broad and diverse audience including decision-makers across a variety of industries and impact experts.

CSR Talent Group Advisory Council

Keith McAllister Partner and Head Media Advisor at global executive search and talent consulting firm, SRI. Tech start-up founder, investor and advisor. Board of Directors Inside Climate News, Americares (Emeritus).

Rick Davis Founder and President, private/public early childhood advocacy organization in Vermont, Let’s Grow Kids; Large scale real estate development executive. Award-winning community and early childhood philanthropist.

Alice Bredin Founder and President, B2B marketing and research agency for Fortune 500, Bredin, Inc. Former small business commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace. Syndicated Columnist, Tribune Company.

Stu Richards CEO and lead sales and marketing strategist, B2B marketing and research agency for Fortune 500, Bredin, Inc. Former marketing executive, IBM.

Brad Smith Co-founder of HR and leadership consulting firm, Inflection Point Leadership. Former Talent Management leader at Fiserv, Inc., and Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Tom is an expert on CSR issues and a strong project leader with excellent business skills – I look forward to working with CSR Talent Group

Mike Rizer - Executive Director, Corporate Affairs Ally Bank


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