From the President and CEO...
The Recology rally cry is two simple words: WASTE ZERO.
What do we mean by WASTE ZERO? It means using resources wisely, generating waste only as necessary, and finding ways to use those waste products in ways that benefit the environment. It means landfilling only those materials we haven't yet figured out a use for. We are passionate and committed to reducing waste and recycling everything we can.
We believe in giving back to both our community and the environment.
As the largest employee-owned company in the industry, and as an innovative leader in resource recovery, we take pride in everything we do. Each of us can make a difference in the success of our company and of the world.
Michael J. Sangiacomo
Recology Board of Directors
DENNIS WU has served as Chair of the Recology Board of Directors since April 2013 and as Director since July 2008.
Born in the Philippines of Chinese ancestry, Dennis is one of the best-known businessmen in San Francisco and a longtime leader among Asian Americans in the Bay Area. A retired partner of Deloitte, he founded its Southeast Asia desk and its Chinese Services Group. He is currently the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of WuHoover, a CPA advisory firm. Dennis’ extensive community involvement has included being the first person of color to serve as President of The Commonwealth Club of California as well as serving on the boards of the Cow Palace, San Francisco Ballet, and the Foundation of City College of San Francisco.
In 2007 he was honored as CFO of the year for community service by the San Francisco Business Times. After decades of advancing many causes, Dennis describes Recology among his greatest passions: “I care deeply about Recology because it has shown it is possible to get to zero waste, and that is the hope for the future for our children.”
MICHAEL J. SANGIACOMO is President and Chief Executive Officer of Recology. Mike is responsible for overall strategic planning, resource development and growth, and leading Recology in its support of San Francisco's recognition as the "greenest" major city in the nation.
In 1983, Mike was recruited to be the Chief Financial Officer of Sunset Scavenger's parent company. In 1987, the company merged with Recology, and in 1988 Mike was made the Chief Financial Officer of the merged companies. He was promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in 1991. Mike has served as a member of the Recology Board of Directors since 1990.
Mike has served as a board member of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce from 1998 through 2004, and was Chair in 2002. He also has served as a member of the University of San Francisco School of Business and Management Advisory Council. In 2008, Mike was honored as the city's "sustainability leader" in the San Francisco Business Times' annual celebration of San Francisco's most admired CEOs.
SYLVIA P. KWAN has served as a Director of Recology since December 2000. Sylvia founded Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning Inc in 1980. Some of her major civic projects include the Moscone Center expansions, Pier 45 Commercial Fishing Center, international airports in San Francisco, Oakland, and Guangzhou, and the San Francisco Public Library.
Sylvia has served as Chair of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2000, and as Director of the AIA National Board from 1996 to 1998. Sylvia is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and earned a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
LAURENCE A. COLTON became a Director of Recology in April 2013. Larry has a rich and deep history in the insurance brokerage industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has served as President of Goldman Insurance Services for 15 years, from 1976 to 2001. Following the merge of Goldman Insurance Services and Willis Insurance of California, Larry served as President of Willis Insurance of California from 2002 to 2010. In 2010, Larry joined the Fort Point Insurance Board of Directors and became a Principal of Business Professional Insurance Associates (BPIA). In April 2012, Larry joined forces with Jason and Matthew Goldman to create G2 Insurance Services, currently serving as CEO. He has served on many boards including Larkin Street Youth Center, SF AIDS Foundation, Insight Prison Project, and the San Francisco YMCA. Larry currently serves on the boards of Working Solutions and Recology. He received his Bachelor of Science in Communications and Public Policy from UC Berkeley.
GEORGE P. MCGRATH has served as a Director of Recology since April 2013. In addition, George has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Recology since June 2008. From 1998 to 2008, George served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Recology, responsible for the company's information systems. From 1996 - 1997, George served as Vice President and General Manager of Alta Environmental Services, Inc., a subsidiary that markets certain types of landfill space to third parties. Prior to joining Recology in 1995, George served for five years as Vice President and Area General Manager for Chemical Waste Management in the Western Region of the United States. George holds a B.S. in Psychology from Western Michigan University.
MICHAEL S. DAY joined the Recology Board in January 2014. Michael is the chief financial officer for CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer. In his role as CFO, Michael is responsible for financial planning and analysis; controller’s office; cash, investments and financial risk management; strategic sourcing; and strategic planning.
Michael joined the Insurance Group and its AAA club affiliate, AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah, in August 2006 from New York, New York, where he was a financial consultant with Africast Global Media. Prior to Africast, Michael was senior vice president, corporate and international finance of MTV Networks. He managed planning, financial reporting and control, treasury, capital approval and international finance. Prior to joining MTV Networks, Michael worked for the Walt Disney Company as the director of corporate financial reporting and director of corporate planning and accounting. Michael began his career with Deloitte & Touche in their audit group.
He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the board of the Community Safety Foundation, funded by CSAA Insurance Group. He also serves on the boards of the Bay Area Junior Achievement and Larkin Street Corporate Leadership Council. He is former chair of the board of AAA Life Insurance Company.
Michael has an MBA in finance from Columbia University and a BBA in accounting from Baruch College. He is also a certified public accountant in the state of New York.
DEBORAH ALVAREZ-RODRIGUEZ also joined the Recology Board in January 2014. Currently she is the Interim President and CEO of the East Bay Community Foundation. Prior to working with the foundation, Deborah served for nine years as President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin, where she transformed the organization from a traditional thrift store and job-training program to a sustainable green enterprise.
In 1998, Deborah was recruited by Mayor Wille Brown to run the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families. In 1991, she was appointed the Assistant Director of Budget and Planning for the San Francisco Health Department.
Deborah currently serves on several boards: Chair of the East Bay Community Foundation, Cordes Family Foundation, the Harwood Institute, and the Independent Sector. She is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College.