Kelly A. Burton, ALM

Chief Executive Officer, Kate Black & Co.
Kelly Burton has over ten years of experience in the world of sustainable fashion and beauty. Burton's book Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-Toxic Beauty was published in 2015 and led Burton to produce and host the podcast Magnifeco Radio and launch the global event series EcoSessions. Through her consultancy, Kate Black & Co., Burton helps brands and clients address environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting, develop corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies, and implement social impact programs. Prior to COVID-19, she was responsible for CSR strategy and communications for Ascena Retail Group (parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey and more). As a passionate believer in the role of policy for change, Burton sits on Manhattans' Community Board Five, is an adviser for, and is part of the Environmental Protection Agency's Trash Free Waters working group on microplastics and microfibers. She holds an ALM from Harvard Extension School in sustainability and certificates in corporate responsibility and innovation, and environmental policy and international development.


  • ALM Harvard Extension School