David BronnerCosmic Engagement Officer (CEO)
David Bronner is Available for Interview. Click here for Talking Points and Background.
David Bronner is Cosmic Engagement Officer (CEO) of Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America and producer of other organic body care and food products. He is a grandson of company founder, Emanuel Bronner, and a fifth-generation soap maker. Under David and his brother Michael’s leadership, the brand has grown from $4 million in 1998 to just under $100 million in annual revenue in 2015.
David and Michael established Dr. Bronner’s as a sustainable leader in the natural products industry by becoming one of the first body care brands to formulate with hemp seed oil in 2000 and certify its soaps, lotions, balms and other personal care products under the USDA National Organic Program in 2003. Both actions resulted in high-profile litigation with government agencies, DEA and USDA respectively, that Dr. Bronner’s ultimately won, cementing Dr. Bronner’s issue-oriented activism in the natural products marketplace.
Today, Dr. Bronner’s coordinates or partners with certified Fair Trade projects for all major ingredients, including olive oil from Palestine and Israel, coconut oil from Sri Lanka, peppermint oil from India, and sustainable palm oil from Ghana. David pioneered the use of 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) bottles for packaging the liquid soaps, as well as a hemp and recycled paper blend to package the brand’s bar soaps.
As the main facilitator of the Hemp Industries Association’s (HIA’s) successful multi-year litigation against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), from 2001-2004, David played a crucial role in defending sales of hemp foods and body care products in the U.S. from prohibition. David has also been arrested for acts of civil disobedience, including for symbolically planting hemp seeds on the lawn of the DEA, and for locking himself in a steel cage in front of the White House to protest federal policies preventing farmers from growing industrial hemp in the U.S. He is an active supporter of both the HIA and Vote Hemp.
David is also a key leader in the fight to label GMO foods in the U.S., and dedicates time and resources to many other issues, such as farm animal protection, the fight for a living wage, and responsible integration of cannabis and psychedelic medicine into American and global culture (David is a board member of the Multi-Disciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies). His activism embodies the company’s mission — which encompasses a commitment to making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and to dedicating profits to help make a better world.
David was born in Los Angeles (Glendale), California in 1973 and earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard University. He lives in Encinitas, California with his wife Kris. He is a dedicated vegan and enjoys surfing and dancing late into the night.
Michael Bronner is Available for Interview. Click here for Talking Points and Background.
Michael Bronner is President of Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America and producer of other organic body care and food products. He is a grandson of company founder, Emanuel Bronner, and a fifth-generation soap maker. Under the leadership of Michael and his brother David, the brand has grown from $4 million in 1998 to just under $100 million in annual revenue in 2015.
Michael and David established Dr. Bronner’s as a leading pioneer in the organic body care industry by making Dr. Bronner’s one of the first brands to certify its soaps, lotions and balms under the USDA National Organic Program in 2003 — marking the beginning of Dr. Bronner’s issue-oriented activism in the natural products marketplace. Michael became Vice President of Dr. Bronner’s in 2000, the same year the company added organic hemp oil to its iconic castile liquid soap formula as a superfatting ingredient. He became company President in 2015, a landmark year in which Dr. Bronner’s launched its newest product, All-One Toothpaste, published its first “All-One Report,” and rebranded the Dr. Bronner’s aesthetic to its current “Old & Improved” labels.
Today, Dr. Bronner’s coordinates certified Fair Trade projects for all major ingredients, including olive oil from the West Bank and Israel, coconut oil from Sri Lanka and Kenya, peppermint oil from India and palm oil from Ghana. Michael has led the introduction and expansion of Dr. Bronner’s organic and fair trade products overseas, including in Europe and the UK, the Middle East, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore, bringing the philosophy that guides Dr. Bronner’s and its ethically driven products to the global market. Under his leadership, sales in Japan, South Korea and other international markets have grown from less than 1% to over 20% of the company’s total revenue.
Michael is primarily responsible for the company’s international expansion and manages business affairs in all markets outside the U.S. Under his leadership, sales in Japan, South Korea and other international markets have grown from less than 1% to over 20% of the company’s total revenues. Today, he continues to lead the opening and expansion of new markets for Dr. Bronner’s in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He currently sits on the San Diego District Export Council, an organization designed to contribute leadership and international trade expertise through counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education.
After graduating from Brown University with a degree in English, Michael traveled the world extensively—studying in Ethiopia and teaching English language in Japan for three years. Michael is an active community leader and currently sits on the San Diego District Export Council, where he counsels businesses on export processes, commerce education, and advises per his expertise in international trade.
A philanthropist and activist, Michael is an advocate for many social and environmental justice causes advanced by the company, including Fair Trade, organic standards, farm animal protection and ocean conservation as well as GMO labeling.
Michael was born in Los Angeles, California in 1975. He lives in Carlsbad, California with his wife Erin and their two children.
Trudy BronnerChief Financial Officer
Trudy Bronner is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America. She is the mother of David, Michael and Lisa Bronner. She has been CFO since 1993 and also currently oversees the management of the Dr. Bronner’s Family Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation funded by the profits of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps.
Upon the death of her father-in-law, Emanuel Bronner, Trudy guided the company onto firm financial footing by coordinating the payment of $2.5 million in inheritance taxes. Since that time, sales have more than quadrupled.
Trudy serves the local community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego and the Escondido Community Foundation. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, plays Mah-Jongg and is an avid sports fan.
Michael MilamChief Operating Officer
Michael Milam is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America. He joined Dr. Bronner’s in 2005.
Michael is responsible for the oversight of the company’s operations, including inventory forecasting and acquisition, logistics, production, IT, ERP utilization, business intelligence and EDI management. He has successfully led Dr. Bronner’s toward improved efficiency and production methods during the company’s rapid expansion in recent years.
Michael was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and earned an undergraduate degree from Toccoa Falls College, as well as an M.Div. from Columbia International University and an MBA from Point Loma Nazarene University. In addition to spending time with his wife and their three children, he enjoys reading, geek stuff, the Porsche Club and doing church volunteer work.
Kris Lin-BronnerStrategic Adviser and CSR Manager
Kris Lin-Bronner is Strategic Adviser and CSR Manager for Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America. She is responsible for overseeing and managing many diverse projects under the umbrella of sustainability and social responsibility.
Kris advises the Special Operations Team and affiliated Fair Trade projects on financial and operational matters, provides integrated risk assessments on new business ventures, and works to institutionalize Dr. Bronner’s sustainability efforts across multiple levels of the company, from operations to governance. Prior to joining Dr. Bronner’s, she worked in the non-profit sector for programs serving recently resettled refugee and immigrant youths in San Diego.
Kris earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a graduate degree in International Economic Development from UCSD. She is a former hospice volunteer, as well as a design enthusiast, and she enjoys adventure travel. She was born in 1974 in Taiwan and currently lives in Encinitas, California with her husband David and their daughter Maya.
Lisa BronnerWriter and Editor of "Going Green with a Bronner Mom" Blog
Lisa Bronner is Available for Interview. Click here for Talking Points and Background.
Lisa Bronner is a prolific writer, consumer advocate, and speaker on health and green lifestyle issues. She is author of the blog, “Going Green with a Bronner Mom,” and granddaughter of Dr. Emanuel Bronner, founder of Dr. Bronner’s—the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America and producer of other organic body care and food products.
Lisa helps many make the transition to a healthier home and lifestyle. Additionally, she is a vocal proponent for GMO labeling, Fair Trade, and other issues Dr. Bronner’s supports to bring about social justice and environmental sustainability. As a spokesperson for Dr. Bronner’s, she discusses the brand’s product excellence, progressive business practices, and revolutionary activism around the world.
Lisa’s blog, “Going Green with a Bronner Mom,” addresses diverse topics related to green living, from personal care and G.I.Y. (Green It Yourself) home cleaning tips, to transparency in product labeling, Fair Trade, organic integrity, and GMO labeling. Launched in 2008, the blog includes instructional videos as well as photography, and an active community forum for discussion of posts.
Lisa has addressed business leaders, students, and activists, but her passion is for helping moms build healthy homes, provide sound nutrition, and be savvy consumers. For over a decade, she has served in leadership in MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers), as well as speaking to and mentoring moms throughout southern California.
Having graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in English and a secondary education teaching certificate, she taught high school English and journalism for four years in Raleigh, NC. Lisa was born in Glendale, California in 1976, and lives in rural San Diego county with her husband and three children.
Gero LesonVice President of Special Operations
Gero Leson is Vice President of Special Operations at Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America. Since 2005, he has been responsible for Dr. Bronner’s sourcing of major ingredients from certified fair trade and organic projects.
Gero and his Special Operations team plans and manages the establishment and operations of new production facilities for coconut and palm oils in Africa and Asia, and oversees Dr. Bronner’s fair trade and organic sourcing and related community development projects. Notably, the team trains farmers in regenerative organic practices such as composting, cover cropping, and mulching that build up soil fertility and increase yields and profits. Overall, Dr. Bronner’s fair trade projects around the world directly benefit an estimated 25,000 farmers, employees, and their families – improving livelihoods while simultaneously regenerating soil.
Born in Cologne, Germany, Gero has a masters degree in physics from the University of Cologne and a doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA. Before working for Dr. Bronner’s he worked as an environmental scientist and consultant. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Mike StacyVice President of Global Sales
Mike Stacy is Vice President of Global Sales at Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America. He has worked with Dr. Bronner’s since 2006 and has over 20 years of sales and broker experience in the natural products industry.
Prior to joining Dr. Bronner’s, Mike was Sales Manager for the Natural Body Care and Vitamin & Supplements categories with Presence Marketing, as well as a Store Director with Wild Oats Markets. He manages the entire sales operation for Dr. Bronner’s.
Mike was born in Chicago, Illinois and currently lives in San Diego with his two pit bulls.
Adam EidingerDirector of Social Action
Adam Eidinger is Director of Social Action at Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America. He has worked with Dr. Bronner’s since 2001 on a variety of projects on behalf of the brand and the many different causes it supports, including advocating to label GMO foods, promoting organic integrity in body care and allowing U.S. farmers to once again grow industrial hemp.
Adam’s work is focused promoting Dr. Bronner’s “All-One” mission through a variety of social action projects he organizes and produces on behalf of the brand. He has organized numerous events and campaigns including a 300-mile march from New York City to Washington, DC, a cross-country tour of art cars in support of labeling GMO foods, as well as acts of civil disobedience, such as planting hemp on the lawn of the DEA campus and publicly harvesting hemp and pressing hemp seed oil in front of the White House, to protest federal policies preventing U.S. farmers from growing industrial hemp in the U.S. He has also produced numerous short documentaries about Dr. Bronner’s fair trade projects, which tell the stories of farmers who produce the raw ingredients used to make the company’s products.
Adam is a spokesperson for DCMJ.org which helped to legalize cannabis in Washington DC and is fighting for federal cannabis reform. He also advises MAPS on PR and political strategy, and is the main producer of the MAPS sponsored, Catharsis on the Mall, a secular humanist spiritual vigil.
Adam was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1973 and currently lives in Washington, DC. He enjoys spending time with his daughter Arundhati.
Ryan FletcherDirector of Public Affairs and Media Relations
Ryan Fletcher is Director of Public Affairs and Media Relations at Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America. He has worked full-time with Dr. Bronner’s since 2007.
Ryan directs Dr. Bronner’s global PR and media presence and works closely with the company’s executive team to develop communications strategy and materials that effectively convey and promote the brand’s “All-One!” mission and core values. He has created numerous educational videos about Dr. Bronner’s mission, advocacy work, and activist projects. He works to facilitate earned media coverage, both on behalf of the company and its products, and the primary causes it advocates for— including fair trade, regenerative organic agriculture, animal advocacy, wage equality, and drug policy reform. He also manages the company’s philanthropy in support of animal advocacy organizations working to address the terrible plight of factory-farmed animals, promote more compassionate and sustainable dietary choices, and defend ocean wildlife around the world, totaling over $2.1 million in donations between 2014 and 2018.
In addition to his work with Dr. Bronner’s, Ryan is a lead advisor on PR and media strategy to Vote Hemp, the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), and Fair World Project. He lives in Washington, DC and is a proponent of cooperative living and a vegan lifestyle.
Les SzaboDirector of Constructive Capital
Les Szabo is Director of Constructive Capital at Dr. Bronner’s, the top-selling brand of natural soap in North America. He joined Dr. Bronner’s in 2013.
Les oversees business development activities for the company, which includes impact investing, philanthropy, and commercial support of Dr. Bronner’s global supply chain projects. He currently sits on the boards of Serendi Coco Samoa Ltd., Regenerative Organic Feed Co., and LifeDose. Les has twenty years of experience working in the natural products and apparel industries. He was a co-founder of Living Harvest, Dunderdon, and Infinity Sport.
Les graduated from UCLA with a liberal arts degree and earned a Masters in Business from Harvard University. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and kids.
Christina VolgyesiDirector of Marketing
Christina Volgyesi is Director of Marketing for Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the top-selling brand of natural soaps in North America. She is responsible for developing a fully integrated marketing strategy for the business and her responsibilities include brand strategy, new and existing product strategy and cause-oriented marketing where she’s taken a leadership role in developing and managing industry-wide campaigns around living wage, fair trade and industrial hemp farming. Christina also manages the company’s digital marketing team, graphic design department and packaging production.
Christina has over fifteen years of experience in sales and marketing in the natural products industry and was the former President of Living Harvest Foods, a hemp foods brand she co-founded with her husband. Christina is still engaged in hemp advocacy, in addition to her work with Dr. Bronner’s, and sits on the Board of Directors of Vote Hemp. Prior to getting involved in the natural products industry, she worked in advertising in Canada and Europe.
Christina loves to practice yoga and hike in the Pacific NW where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She was born in Toronto, Canada and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.