Our mission is to empower citizens to change their local communities; modernize environmental education around recycling; partner with municipalities to improve the economic viability of their recycling programs; work together with major brands to increase recycling worldwide; and eventually, support waste management research and on-the-ground efforts in the developing world to prevent pollution and reach emerging markets.

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The Team

We are a WBE and have an all-female lead team of engineers who have the experience, passion, and drive to succeed.

Katherine Shayne

CEO & Co-Founder

Katherine Shayne, with a masters in environmental engineering, is a Co-Founder and resides as CEO, having been trained in entrepreneurship at UGA. Her background involves the use of citizen-science to measure, track, and predict leakage of waste in the natural environment. She has worked with innovative think-tanks seeking to use the power of industry, NGOs and government to rethink plastic packaging, as well as plastic pollution sourcing companies to develop standards for “Ocean Plastic” material in clothing and textiles.

Dr. Jenna Jambeck

Primary Advisor & Co-Founder

Dr. Jenna Jambeck is a Co-Founder and primary advisor. She has been working in solid waste for over 24 years, is a distinguished professor of environmental engineering, and a world-leading scientist in this field with vast local and global connections created through her international work with the US State Department, United Nations and National Geographic Society.

Havalyn Hartrampf Hensley

Chief Operating Officer

Havalyn Hartrampf Hensley serves as Chief Operating Officer for CIRT. Havalyn is an experienced Change Agent. She has held leadership roles supporting Business and Technology Transformation initiatives inside several Fortune 500 companies. She is a student and practitioner of Systems Thinking. Certified by Villanova University as a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and by Scaled Agile as a SAFe 5 Program Consultant, she delights in optimizing any process to reduce waste and improve efficiency while maintaining a customer-centric focus.