USCIB Welcomes New Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Committee Vice Chairs

Left to right: Melissa Kopolow and Ryan Larsen

USCIB is pleased to announce two new Vice Chairs of the USCIB Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs (CRLA) Committee—Melissa Kopolow and Ryan Larsen.

Kopolow is vice president with Dentons Global Advisors—Albright Stonebridge Group’s (DGA-ASG) Sustainability Practice, where she advises corporations, nonprofits and foundations on sustainability and ESG initiatives and strategies. Prior to joining ASG, Kopolow was the global director of policy at Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), where she developed global multilateral engagement strategies and advanced programs in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Before ABI, she was a senior advisor in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Organizations, where she orchestrated efforts to advance U.S. policies, interests, and goals on global health and labor issues at a range of international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO). During her time at the State Department, Kopolow also served as an Alternate U.S. Representative with the U.S. Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States, a Foreign Affairs Fellow with Counterpart International, and a Regional Affairs Officer for Central America. She also served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Commerce.

Larsen is a senior director for International Labor Relations with Walmart, responsible for overseeing the company’s labor relations across global markets. During Larsen’s career with Walmart Inc., he has been posted to Mexico, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Since returning to the U.S. in 2017, he has become increasingly engaged in work related to international labor policy issues, including supporting implementation of the company’s Human Rights Statement. Larsen has participated in the U.S. Employer Delegation to the ILO International Labor Conference as a member of various Committees dealing with Skills and Lifelong Learning, and Apprenticeships. He also participated in the ILO Tripartite Working Group on Decent Work in Supply Chains, and most recently served as an expert in the October 2022 ILO Tripartite Meeting of Experts on Decent Work in the Platform Economy.

“Melissa and Ryan bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to USCIB’s Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Committee,” said USCIB Policy & Program Associate Jose Arroyo. “Please join me in welcoming our new committee leadership.”

Staff Contact:   Jose Arroyo

Policy & Program Associate, Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs and Corporate Governance
Tel: 212.703.5083

Jose Arroyo manages corporate responsibility, human rights, and labor affairs policy. Arroyo started his career in 2011 as a policy and financial auditor for the Government of Costa Rica and later, he transitioned to the Foreign Service. In 2013, he was appointed as Consul of Costa Rica in New York, where he worked in implementing foreign policy, with a particular focus on sustainability and immigrant protection. As a diplomat, Arroyo tracked policy and legislation developments and fostered cooperation between Costa Rica and the U.S. Government, state officials, multinational organizations, and the private sector. After leaving the Consulate, Arroyo became a consultant with UNEP, advising on economic growth under a decarbonization strategy. He brings expertise in international affairs, project management, and relationship building.
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