Gia Machlin, President & CEO, and Pepper
Gia founded EcoPlum in 2008 because she wanted to inspire and motivate people to live a more sustainable lifestyle and to practice conscious consumerism.
Gia and EcoPlum have been featured on Forbes Books Podcast, Green is Good Radio, WOR Talk Radio, Crain’s New York, INC, magazine, Café Mom, and in many other business publications. EcoPlum is a Green America “Gold” approved business.
Prior to founding EcoPlum, Gia was President of MMC 20/20 Systems, Inc. In 1998, Gia co-founded Plan Data Management, Inc. (PDM), and grew it into a thriving software and data services provider servicing Fortune 500 companies. PDM was acquired by a public company in 2006. Gia’s professional experience also includes management consulting with the Machlin Consulting Group and Deloitte & Touche, and sales and marketing with Unisys and AT&T.
Gia received her M.B.A. with honors from the Columbia Business School and she received her B.S. in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research with honors from Columbia Engineering.
Gia is a long time member of the Women Presidents’ Organization and a founding member of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club’s Sustainable Business Committee. Gia serves as Board President of the Blue Card, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides cash assistance to needy Holocaust survivors. She's been an active volunteer in NYC public schools for the last 11 years.
She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband Corey and her children Noah (currently at the University of Colorado) and Talia, and her dog Pepper. Her parents, now in their mid 90s, continue to be her inspiration.
Marcia Robbins, SVP, Marketing and Strategy
Marcia Robbins is an international Media & Entertainment executive with 20 years' experience launching cable channels, multiplatform content, and digital media in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific. Her corporate and consulting career includes start-ups and new business for the BBC, Discovery, CBS, Rainbow Media, Scripps, Gaylord, online portal StarMedia, and all the major studios of the Motion Picture Association of America. Committed to growing our green economy, Marcia is active in marketing and advising sustainable business initiatives, including EcoPlum. She is affiliated with HAF Consulting, a global boutique supporting investors in pursuit of telecom, media and technology properties.
As the BBC's Vice President, Joint Ventures Latin America/Iberia, Marcia managed its key relationship with Discovery for Animal Planet and People + Arts, with oversight for the P&L, marketing, programming strategy and selection of documentary, history, lifestyle and entertainment content from the BBC's vast library. Globetrotting for CBS Cable, Marcia opened over 40 markets around the world for CMT: Country Music Television and led Latin American channel growth with the turnaround and relaunch of Spanish-language news channel CBS TeleNoticias. Working in Europe, she conducted marketing due diligence on over $3 billion in completed acquisitions for a leading private equity investor and triple-play operator and restructured its business plan for a digital and interactive television platform, with VOD rollout.
With a passion for representing content creation, strengthening associated brands, and building distribution, Marcia has immersed herself in these businesses with an analyst's focus, marketing creativity, the ability to forge strong multicultural partner relationships and an eye on the bottom line.
Marcia has an MBA from Columbia University in International Business, Marketing and Finance and a BA in Economics and Psychology from the University of Virginia. She started her career in Washington, DC, managing survey research and operational projects for the Consumer Expenditure Survey and International Price Program of the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Stephen Redden, Creative Director
Stephen has joined EcoPlum as our Creative Director! But like all of us here at EcoPlum, he’s wearing many hats including sales, social media, and all around fun guy at Green Drinks.
Stephen is a Jersey Shore native and a thirty year-long resident of NYC and for most of those years he’s been a top real estate broker doing relocation and sales.
Stephen is also an avid photographer. With an eye for detail, his art chronicles the city streets and vibrant daily scenes of our ever-changing urban landscape. Beautifully colorful and carefully composed, Stephen's photography documents the unexpected visual treasures that hide in plain sight. More can be seen on Instagram @foolthemagician.
Megan Nordgren, Director of Schools and Non-Profit Programs
Megan has always worked as an environmental advocate, with organizations such as NRDC and Green Corps, and also at the international level on United Nations international waters projects. Once her oldest child entered kindergarten, Megan saw the need to work with NYC public schools to improve their sustainability and science education and co-chaired the District 3 Green Schools Group. Currently Megan works with NY Sun Works to bring sustainability education to NYC schools through the lens of urban farming.
She is excited to work with EcoPlum to provide schools, non-profits and businesses sustainable options for branded goods when they are looking for fundraisers or promotional products.
Megan is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a concentration in Environmental Policy. While on a Fulbright Fellowship in Estonia where she worked on Baltic Sea pollution sources, she met her Swedish husband Sebastian. They have three children who attend public school on the Upper West Side.
Silvia Milanova, Office Manager and Editorial
Silvia joined the EcoPlum team in 2010 after graduating from Syracuse University with a journalism degree. It wasn't until meeting and working with Gia that Silvia realized just how much she'd like to help advocate for a healthier food system and preserve the environment. Since then she has been on a mission to revamp her entire lifestyle. With the help of Gia, Silvia has learned how to green everything from her beauty and personal care routine, to her eating habits, and even her shopping experience. Currently, in addition to being EcoPlum's senior editor, Silvia also writes a blog called How to Go Green with Silv. She covers a variety of topics that all pertain to living a greener, healthier and better life. Silvia’s goal is to one day develop a business that will help others live a more sustainable life, as well.
Hannah Sclar, Client Services Manager
Hannah is a New York native currently residing in Philadelphia, though she’d probably rather be on a mountain in Colorado. Hannah’s interest in sustainability comes from her father’s work on sustainable urban development and her time spent living in Colorado and California, where she noticed a much higher level of eco-consciousness among the people out there. In her free time, Hannah loves skiing, going to concerts, and hanging out with her beloved dog Milly.
Dede Tabak grew up in Miami, Florida. She has been involved with Ecoplum since 2009, but has been passionate about the environment since her childhood when she was an avid fan of Captain Planet, the television show. She is currently a Human Resources professional at NYU Abu Dhabi, and performs regularly with her improv team, Titan, at the Magnet Theater. Dede writes a monthly article about green and eco-friendly entertainment for Ecoplum called Dede's Green Scene.
Chryso is a freelance writer based in New York. A skilled journalist, she has covered everything from world news to backstage beauty at NYC Fashion Week. She's interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winners, medical professionals, celebrities, entrepreneurs, hair and beauty pros, and fitness experts. Chryso's writing has been featured in the print publications Shape, Latina, Hamptons, Bridal Hairstyles, Teen Hair, All You, and Celebrity Hairstyles. Her online work has appeared at WebMD.com, shape.com, and livestrong.com. Her writing has also appeared in various forms around the world as a reporter for IPS News Agency at the United Nations. Chryso graduated with a Masters in International Relations from The New School for Social Research and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queens College.