Betsy Blaisdell '99
Betsy is the Vice President of Products for the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a collaborative effort of leaders within the footwear apparel and footwear industry whose vision is to evolve the apparel supply chain to have a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities.
In this role, Betsy supports SAC’s membership in developing the strategy, tools (Higg Index) and programs needed to standardize social and environmental performance across the industry’s supply chains and products; benchmark performance, and develop programs that scale best practices.
Betsy joined SAC after leading environmental stewardship at Timberland for ten years. During her tenure she developed industry-leading sustainability programs around climate, product and supply chains. She also helped launch several multi-stakeholder initiatives designed to change entire industries. The Leather Working Group, Outdoor Industry Association Sustainable Working Group, and SAC are all examples of organizations that she’s helped found and grow.
Prior to working in the apparel and footwear industries Betsy served as the Industrial Energy Manager under NH governors Benson and Shaheen. She also co-developed the nation's first mixed plastics recycling/manufacturing facility under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Betsy's other work experience includes international environmental policy development with the U.S. Department of State and environmental education with the National Park Service.
A native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Betsy earned her BS in Environmental Science and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire and her MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She is a globetrotter who maximizes her time outdoors on sailboats, skis, and in hiking boots.