Monica Nakielski

Director, Sustainability & Environmental Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Monica and her team are responsible for providing vision and leadership in the design and development of BCBSMA’s sustainability and environmental health strategy. Her team works with BCBSMA’s senior business leaders, vendors and manufacturers, and community partners to align and implement the environmental health strategy and to create business, environmental, and societal value.

Previously, Monica managed the sustainability program at Partners HealthCare, a Boston-based health system founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. There Monica led and managed sustainability efforts across 16 facilities, 18 million square feet of space.

Monica serves as a board member of Healthy Building Network, member of the steering committees for Farm to Institution New England and The Chemical Footprint project, and sits on the City of Boston’s Zero Waste Advisory Committee.

Monica has a bachelor’s degree in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s in business administration from Simmons College, and has completed executive education in sustainability leadership from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

My Sessions

This panel introduces purchasers and suppliers to the “Six Classes” framework for avoiding the majority of hazardous chemicals in everyday products. By facilitating a straightforward understanding of toxic chemicals, this approach empowers manufactures and purchasers to produce and procure healthier products and has been used successfully by non-scientists in a variety of sectors. The Six … read more >>

Panel Presentation