Our Leadership

Michael J. Sangiacomo,  President and Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Recologist, Mike Sangiacomo has led and inspired many of Recology’s innovative recycling and diversion programs.  Mike has served as Recology’s Chief Executive and a director since 1990.  From August 1988 to November 1990, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Recology.

Mike serves as a director and an executive officer of all of Recology’s subsidiaries.  He is also an executive officer of Nortech Waste LLC, a joint venture in which the Company is a minority investor, and serves as President of South Bay Recycling, LLC, a joint venture between Recology and Potential Industries of Wilmington, CA.

Mike earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.

 


Mark J. Arsenault, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

As Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Mark Arsenault is responsible for all collection, processing, and disposal operations of Recology – ensuring safe, innovative, high-quality, and ethical service to all customers. Mark joined Recology in 2005, and has previously served as the Vice President and Group Manager for the South Bay and Vice President and Group Manager for Recology San Francisco subsidiaries.

Prior to joining Recology, from 2000 to 2005, Mark was with Waste Management Corporation, first as District Manager of all operations and customer services in Monterrey County, and later as Market Area General Manager for all facilities and operations in Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, and Monterrey Counties, directing over 600 employees in exceeding corporate expectations in customer service, environmental compliance, safety, and productivity.

From 1988 to 2000, Mark held positions of increasing responsibility with Browning Ferris Industries and its successor, Allied Waste Industries, Inc., first as Sales Supervisor in San José, continuing as District Manager for the implementation of new solid waste collection services for the City of Fremont, and finally as San José Market Area Manager, responsible for 300 employees and an annual budget exceeding $100 million.


Catherine Langridge, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Catherine Langridge joined Recology as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2018.  Prior to joining Recology, Ms. Langridge served as Vice President Finance at Stitch Fix during the preparation for and Initial Public Offering (2017-2018), Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Supply Chain at Juice Beauty (2016), Vice President of Finance at Sephora (2014-2016) and Vice President Finance at Levi Strauss (1995-2014).  Ms. Langridge has been an Officer and Treasurer for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific since 2008.  Ms. Langridge earned her Master’s Degree in Business from the University of California Berkeley and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Music from Oberlin College and Conservatory.

 

 


Julie Bertani-Kiser,  Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Bertani-Kiser, a long-time resource recovery industry professional, joined Recology in 1994. She served in multiple roles within the Human Resources Department and was promoted in 1997 to Director of Human Resources.

Prior to Recology, Bertani-Kiser worked for Basic American Foods as Benefits Manager and as Employee Relations Supervisor with Tri Valley Growers. Bertani-Kiser has been a member of the Recology ESOP Administrative Committee since 2007, and is now the Chair of the ESOP Administrative Committee. Bertani-Kiser holds a BS in Business from San Francisco State University, and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.

 

 

 

Recology Board of Directors


Dennis Wu

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’s 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; and in 2014, he was honored by the Chinese Culture Foundation with their Lifetime Achievement Award in Community Building. Dennis was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times in 2015 with its Outstanding Director’s Award. 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.”

Dennis is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California and received his B.S. in Accounting and M.B.A. in Accounting/Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.


Michael J. Sangiacomo

Mike 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 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 2014, he joined the board of the California Historical Society, the official historical society of the State of California, and was elected its Vice President in 2015.

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. Mike earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of San Francisco. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.


Laurence Colton

Laurence Colton became a Director of Recology in April 2013 and currently serves as chair of the Risk Oversight Committee and as a member of the Audit, Governance, and Compensation and Leadership Development Committees. Mr. Colton has a rich and deep history in the insurance brokerage industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. He served as President of Goldman Insurance Services for 15 years, from 1986 to 2001. Following the merger of Goldman Insurance Services and Willis Insurance of California, Mr. Colton 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, Mr. Colton joined forces with Jason and Matthew Goldman to create G2 Insurance Services, where he served as CEO until January 2017. He has served on many boards including Larkin Street Youth Center, SF AIDS Foundation, Insight Prison Project, the San Francisco YMCA, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and Working Solutions, and currently sits on the boards of Mills College, Eisenhower Medical Center and Digicom Learning. He received his Bachelor of Science in Communications and Public Policy from UC Berkeley.

 


Mark R. Lomele

Mark Lomele served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Recology from 1996 to 2018.  From September 1988 to July 1996 Mark served as Recology’s Corporate Controller.

Mark also served as a member of Recology’s ESOP’s Administrative Committee, starting in 1991 and served as its Chair from February 1995 to December 2017.  He is a former chair of the ESOP Association.  Mark holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and began his career as a Certified Public Accountant.

 

 


Mark J. Arsenault

As Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Mark Arsenault is responsible for all collection, processing, and disposal operations of Recology – ensuring safe, innovative, high-quality, and ethical service to all customers. Mark joined Recology in 2005, and has previously served as the Vice President and Group Manager for the South Bay and Vice President and Group Manager for Recology San Francisco subsidiaries.

Prior to joining Recology, from 2000 to 2005, Mark was with Waste Management Corporation, first as District Manager of all operations and customer services in Monterrey County, and later as Market Area General Manager for all facilities and operations in Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, and Monterrey Counties, directing over 600 employees in exceeding corporate expectations in customer service, environmental compliance, safety, and productivity.

From 1988 to 2000, Mark held positions of increasing responsibility with Browning Ferris Industries and its successor, Allied Waste Industries, Inc., first as Sales Supervisor in San José, continuing as District Manager for the implementation of new solid waste collection services for the City of Fremont, and finally as San José Market Area Manager, responsible for 300 employees and an annual budget exceeding $100 million.


Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez

Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez also joined the Recology Board in January 2014. Currently she is the Co-Chair of Rise Together, a nine county initiative to cut poverty in the Bay Area. She is also enrolled in a Masters of Divinity program, focusing on the intersection of environmental sustainability and theology. She served as 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 Willie 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 community and nonprofit boards: Co-Chair of Epworth UMC Council, Co-Chair of Rise Together and Academic Dean Search Committee at PSR. She served on the Boards of the East Bay Community Foundation, Cordes Family Foundation, the Harwood Institute, and the Independent Sector. She is a graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College.


Christa Steele

 Christa Steele became the youngest CEO in the United States to lead a $3.5 Billion asset size bank located in the San Francisco Bay Area of CA. As a former public company CEO with $500 million in market cap, Christa led the improvement of core earnings 43% in a single calendar year, doubled the banks value in less than two years, and successfully led the banks sale for a premium in 2015.

Christa is a former partner and board member of FIG Partners, a highly successful investment bank with ten locations across the United States. In April 2019, FIG Partners was acquired by Janney Montgomery Scott. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Recology, CA; Tanimura & Antle, CA; OFG Bancorp, Puerto Rico; Sasser Family Holdings, IL; National Association of Corporate Directors Northern California Chapter, CA; and Pacific Coast Banking School, WA.

Christa was recently featured in The Private Company Director Magazine as one of the “2019 Directors to Watch”, was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as most influential leader in Bay Area business, and recognized by Crowe Horwath for driving significant financial performance improvement.

Christa is a Board Leadership Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors, holds an MBA from University of Southern Ca and an undergraduate degree from California State University Sacramento.