Michelle Mauthe Harvey

Senior Consultant


Areas of expertise:
Corporate partnerships, green supply chain, chemical safety, zero waste, chemicals

Michelle Mauthe Harvey joined Environmental Defense Fund in 2007 to open the Bentonville, AR office and launch EDF’s on-site partnership with Walmart. Harvey focused on driving market-shifting environmental and human health commitments and collaborations throughout Walmart’s operations and the retail supply chain more broadly while sustaining business value.

As environmental subject matter experts for Walmart merchants and suppliers, the EDF team works with Walmart to identify, implement and scale solutions once priorities are defined. Harvey’s primary areas of responsibility include: health and environment, with an emphasis on minimizing harmful chemical exposures through products and food.


  • MBA, Fuqua School, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • BSF, University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Harvey was a founding board member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, ensuring robust environmental and social metrics and commitments for more than one third of the global apparel supply chain, valued at $1.7 trillion. Harvey has also been a core contributor to the development and implementation of The Sustainability Consortium, which provides the science for Walmart’s Sustainability Index and is used to evaluate $135 billion dollars’ worth of products in the global supply chain. She previously served on advisory bodies to the University of Michigan Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute; the US CDC National Center for Environmental Health; and the American Forest Foundation Center for Environmental Learning. She is a Society of American Foresters Fellow, and serves on the EDF Diversity Committee.

Prior to joining EDF, Michelle ran a Washington DC-area consulting business providing strategic planning, facilitation, and project management solutions for forestry and agriculture clients. Projects included developing a new state plan to sustain agriculture in Maryland and a new research agenda for the USDA Forest Service.

Previous employers include the Society of American Foresters; National Environmental Education Foundation; Management Institute for Environment and Business; Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment; and International Paper Company.

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