Executive Director and Co-Founder, Pet Sustainability Coalition
Caitlyn Dudas is the executive director and co-founder of the Pet Sustainability Coalition, a nonprofit that advances business through environmental and social business practices. Under her leadership, the coalition has grown from eight founding companies to a thriving community of more than 100 engaged companies. She leads the coalition from Boulder, Colorado.
Dudas was named a 2019 Woman of Influence and was the winner of the 2019 Vanguard Award. She was also a recipient of the 2017 40 Under 40 award for her innovative approach to bringing together industry leaders to strengthen their businesses while also leading the industry toward a future where pets, people and the planet can prosper.
Dudas has experience working in and researching the natural habitats most affected by our changing planet, including the Amazon rain forest, where she studied the dichotomous relationship between governmental policy and indigenous cultures. Throughout her career, Dudas has primarily worked in the non-profit sector, where she strives to increase collaborative progress between governments, non-profits and experts in order to maximize efficiency and accelerate the rate of change toward sustainability.
Born and raised in northwestern Indiana, Dudas began pursuing an education based on scientific discovery and service as a young teen, traveling to struggling regions to support humanitarian efforts such as building schools, teaching sustainable farming methods and delivering hospital supplies. She received a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s degree in environmental management and sustainability from Harvard University.