Chief Sustainability Officer; Head of Engagement, Government Affairs and Policy; Group Vice President
Roger Martella is GE Vernova's Chief Sustainability Officer, Head of Engagement, Government Affairs, and Policy, and Group Vice President. In these roles, Roger engages the world’s top public and private sector leaders to align GE Vernova’s innovation to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges of access to sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy, addressing climate change, and improving impacts to GE Vernova’s people, communities, and planet. In recent years, Roger has been at the leading edge in successfully partnering the power of the private sector with the pursuits of the public sector to solve tough problems together.
Roger previously served as GE’s Chief Sustainability Officer responsible for leading a comprehensive and cohesive approach to sustainability for the company. Prior to GE, Roger served as General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate, and the Principal Counsel for Complex Litigation for the Department of Justice’s Natural Resources Section. Roger also co-led Sidley Austin LLP's global environmental and climate change practices and was recognized among the top lawyers in the field globally.
Roger teaches a first of its kind course on International Environmental Law and Justice at Howard University Law School and serves on the Advisory Board to Harvard University’s Environmental and Energy Law Program. In 2022, the Racial Justice Institute recognized Roger with a Racial Justice Champion Award. Roger is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the ClearPath Foundation, the Environmental Law Institute, and several environmental and energy NGOs.
Roger has co-authored and edited four books on the intersection of ESG, climate change law, international environmental law, and human rights, including Corporate Social Responsibility—Sustainable Business: Environmental, Social and Governance Frameworks for the 21st Century (Wolters Kluwer 2020). Roger is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School.