Amalgamated Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amalgamated Financial, named Ivan Frishberg senior vice president and chief sustainability officer.
“Ivan was instrumental in building our early sustainability framework and I am eager to partner with such an impassioned expert to develop innovative solutions that expand on our commitment to sustainability as America’s socially responsible bank,” Priscilla Sims Brown, president and CEO of Amalgamated Bank, said. “Focusing Ivan’s leadership and expertise to drive sustainability in our products, operations and across our organizational footprint will enable Amalgamated to remain ahead of the curve and set new standards for the industry.”
Frishberg has been with Amalgamated since 2016, most recently serving as first vice president of commercial banking and leading the sustainability banking division. With more than 20 years of experience in public interest advocacy, organizing and policy experience, he used this role to rally bank sector commitments to combat climate change, including growing the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) to $50 trillion in assets. Frishberg positioned Amalgamated to take a global leadership role within UNEP FI and supported the development of guidance for how banks will set targets to reduce their financed emissions through the recently launched Net Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA). Frishberg sits on the steering group of the NZBA and the advisory panel for the Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero.
Before Amalgamated, Frishberg was senior advisor and climate change campaign manager for Organizing for Action and a senior advisor to the Climate Action Campaign, a multi-year national coalition effort to defend the Clean Air Act and support new federal policies on climate and public health. Frishberg has managed public engagement grant programs for Pew Charitable Trusts and served as the political director for Environment America and Clean Energy Works. Frishberg also worked with the Climate Briefing Service on the intersection of U.S. climate advocacy and recent international climate negotiations.