Client Solutions for ESG

20 Years.
Building Value.

Our name BuildESG combines our passion for—and singular focus on—ESG as an essential tool for building both business and societal value.

With over 20 years of experience advising on ESG strategy, reporting and program management, we are more than well positioned to empower our clients to succeed in a rapidly changing business environment.


Leading our team of almost 50 colleagues is a uniquely qualified group of entrepreneurs, advisors and investment professionals with extensive ESG, operational and financial expertise. They bring diverse skill-sets and experience, but share a common passion for helping our clients advance social and environmental progress and create shared value.

Della Jung

Director of Business Development

Previous private equity investing, capital raising, investor relations and ESG experience at Macquarie Asset Management and Siguler Guff

Dartmouth College (BA)

Valerie Lee

CEO, BuzzWord (Strategy & Reporting)

Joined BuzzWord in 2006

Previously led Chevron’s corporate responsibility reporting and worked as a consultant at BSR

Boston College (BA), University College London (MA)

James Lindstrom

Founder, Chairman, CEO

Successfully led 4 public companies as CEO & CFO

Previously served as investment partner for and advisor to multiple leading investment firms

Analyst at Credit Suisse

Colby (BA), Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (MBA)

Nick Neyland

Chief Technology Officer

Previous experience with CNBC, PBS, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Pitchfork, Red Bull

University of East London (BA)

Ross White

President, Advisory & Digital,
Essense Partners
(Strategy, Analytics & Digital)

Joined in 2018

12+ years of marketing strategy and writing experience

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (BA)


Connie Cocroft

Previous experience as VP, Analytics & Data Science at CA Technologies and investor at JAFCO Ventures and Crescendo Ventures

Williams College (BA), Harvard (MBA)

Leah Haygood

Founder, Director, BuzzWord

Founded BuzzWord in 1997

Over 25 years of experience in the environmental, ESG and corporate responsibility fields

Barnard College (BA), Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (MA)

Nick Pike

Partner at Twin Point Capital

Previously at Advent International

Analyst at UBS

Harvard (BA), Wharton (MBA)

Mei Shibata

Founded Essense in 2014

Previous experience at Havas, Interbrand, Vertex Partners, Oliver Wyman and Citigroup as an equity analyst

Harvard (BA/MA/MBA)

Matthew Umscheid

Previous CEO of Envysion (Parthenon Capital Portfolio Company), Executive at Modivcare and Operating Partner at Parthenon Capital, Consultant at LEK and AD Little

Notre Dame (BS), Tuck (MBA)