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Marcy Rustad, "Think Beyond Plastic"

  • The Bay Model Visitor Center 2100 Bridgeway Sausalito, CA, 94965 United States (map)

Join ACS San Francisco Bay for an inspiring presentation by Marcy Rustad, Chief Operating Officer of Think Beyond Plastic™, and Director of the New Plastics Economy Innovation Center.

Marcy will speak about Think Beyond Plastic’s important projects in California and globally, to address plastic pollution by accelerating the circular economy for plastics. Since 2009, Think Beyond Plastic has led the shift away from fossil fuel-based plastics towards bio-based, bio-benign materials from renewable sources and associated manufacturing, and innovative consumer and business products specifically designed to handle these new materials. Think Beyond Plastic was launched to address a growing consumer and business demand for sustainable alternatives to conventional plastic. This forward-looking organization approaches plastic pollution as an untapped entrepreneurial and investment opportunity, and an innovation challenge. 

This event is open to the public.  A $10 donation is encouraged, $5 for students.  Donations  help cover event costs and fund cetacean research and education programs. 


Marcy Rustad’s background combines a breadth of experience in business, nonprofit, and education with planning discipline, data collection and attention to operational excellence. She is an entrepreneur who understands how to guide high impact decision-making and strategic level planning, by collecting and using quality data and analysis. For over two decades, Marcy and her consulting team at OMP Research Associates offered services to small and large businesses, as well as to educational institutions and nonprofits, giving her a breadth of understanding of the interplay between these various sectors that help to drive the economy.

Marcy brings a passion for providing youth with quality education and for building the environmental leaders of tomorrow, as well as holding a high interest in helping to solve some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

Her professional experience includes starting and managing OMP Research Associates, which she has run for the past 20 years.  Key clients have included industry giants such as Pacific Bell and Sun Microsystems, along with many start-up companies in Silicon Valley, high-end private K-12 schools across the western states, and more recently California State Monterey Bay, and a number of nonprofits focused on environmental initiatives and education.  Prior director level corporate experience in the communications industry developed her expertise in business management, customer service, product development and project management. 

Marcy has run non-profit organizations, she is the past President of the Board of MeEarth Foundation (US, CA) and actively participates in board leadership focused on environmental and educational initiatives.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from California State University East Bay and a Master in Business Administration from Golden Gate University.