Elissa Foster is Senior Manager of Product Responsibility at Patagonia. She is responsible for researching and measuring the environmental impacts of Patagonia’s materials and products and implementing programs to reduce those impacts. Foster has been working on environmental projects for Patagonia for 14 years. She also has taught classes on circular economy and corporate environmental management for UC Santa Barbara’s Environmental Studies department. Prior to working in her current position at Patagonia, Elissa worked as an Environmental Specialist for the City of Ventura. Elissa has a BS degree in Zoology from UC Santa Barbara, Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management (UCSB), and a Doctorate of Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA.
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