The Team

We are strategists, analysts and project managers.

We team up with clients to tailor solutions specific to their needs. We draw upon diverse expertise spanning management consulting, business analysis, big data analytics, engineering, project management, and marketing. We have worked across sectors and in numerous industries spanning from healthcare to high tech.


Samuel Abbay, Co-Founder and Co-CEO

Samuel is a systems thinker. He develops solutions by analyzing a problem from many different angles. The impacts of both the problems and potential solutions are important when making his decision. Samuel is an expert in thermal engineering, mechanical theory, and energy efficiency. At CLA he also works on sustainability strategy, complex energy analyses, and project management. Samuel has a passion for technology. He keeps up on the latest developments understands how they can improve sustainability performance, especially when it comes to data centers. He applies his expertise and passion to guide our clients towards both big picture and tactical solutions.

Earlier in his career Samuel worked in aerospace as a thermal engineer contracting for NRL, NASA, Boeing and others. He transitioned to Silicon Valley simultaneously managing various projects at Nvidia as well as the engineering teams. Samuel earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

JD Capuano, Co-Founder and Co-CEO

JD is a strategist, problem solver and loves data. He approaches his work by applying a nuanced understanding of business to integrate sustainability with an organization’s larger objectives. JD knows how sustainability performance impacts an organization’s risk and its brand and with clients to figure out what to change to reduce risk and enhance brand value. He sees where his clients are, envisions where they could go, and shows them how to get there. JD’s expertise extends to measuring impact, big data analytics, life cycle assessment (LCA) and deep-dive analytics.

After starting his career by pioneering the role of Internet Recruiter at Accountants on Call (now Ajilon Finance), JD spent nearly a decade on the business analytics group at Schering-Plough (now Merck). JD earned his M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a dual B.A. in Business Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. JD is an Adjunct Professor at Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability.