Bram Kleppner, CEO at Danforth since 2011, has led the company from declining sales and losses to double-digit growth and profitability. He’s overseen Danforth’s becoming the world’s first 100% solar-powered pewter workshop; company-wide profit-sharing; paid parental leave; paid time off for community service; and an employee seat on the Board of Directors. Danforth is currently driving to zero fossil fuel use, and raising its lowest wage to $15/hour a year before Vermont does.
Bram serves on the Vermont Tax Structure Commission, formerly co-chaired the Vermont Medicaid & Exchange Advisory Board, and formerly served on the Governor’s Business Advisory Board for Health Care Financing. Bram currently chairs the Board of Directors of the Population Media Center, working world-wide to resolve the interrelated problems of women’s rights, protecting the environment, and population. He also works locally on women’s rights as part of Change The Story’s Champions for Change, a group of male leaders working for gender equity.
Prior to Danforth, he spent 10 years at Ben & Jerry’s doing international marketing and business development, where he co-led Ben & Jerry’s first anti-global warming campaign.