NAEM's 2020 EHS Operational Excellence Conference

Lara Malatesta, Director, Environmental Risk & Compliance, Global Safety & Risk Control; Aramark Corp.


Lara Malatesta, Director, Environmental Risk & Compliance, Global Safety & Risk Control; Aramark Corp.

As an environmental, health and safety champion, Lara Malatesta is on a mission to help change the landscapes of corporations. With over 20 years of experience as an EHS leader, Lara's differentiator is to align with the mission of an organization to seamlessly integrate value-add elements of environmental, safety and risk management to existing business imperatives. Lara's ability to deeply listen and understand what keeps her clients up at night, makes her an excellent partner in co-designing solutions that not only work, yet have a positive and sustained impact within the organization, their customers and communities which that they serve.


In addition to deep subject matter expertise, Lara's zest for continuous learning and improvement has been fueled by her experience working within and with large, complex and dynamic corporations, such as Aramark and Exelon, where she has worked in industries, such as education, healthcare, sports and leisure, utilities and consulting. This has afforded her the ability to understand the unique needs of each industry while building strategic insight and best practices that apply and can benefit all.  Currently, Lara is the Director of Environmental Risk and Compliance for Aramark, a Fortune 500 global provider of food, facilities and uniform services, within the Global Risk Management Department that supports more than 270,000 employees in nearly 20 countries.


Lara obtained her Masters of Science in Environmental Pollution Control, as well as her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Resource Management from Pennsylvania State University.  During her tenure, she served as a Teaching Assistant and Instructor for the Environmental Resource Management Department. Lara's passion for making a difference in her community has translated to various involvement and affiliations such as Board of Director or Trustee positions with the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education of Philadelphia and Society of Women Environmental Professionals, to name just a few. Lara's unwavering commitment to raise awareness on how to protect people and the environment through employee-focused, practical solutions is also greatly inspired by her desire to make the future better for her three young sons and husband where they reside outside of Denver, Colorado.



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