Founder and President of Design Chain Associates, LLC
San Francisco, CA

Mike Kirschner, founder and President of DCA, is a product sustainability, engineering, health/environmental compliance and performance expert providing advice and expertise to manufacturers in a variety of industries. Mike is process-focused, yet brings a great depth of technical understanding of how technology, product development, manufacturing and the supply chain work and interact that informs his insights, giving his clients the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed.

Mike was a member of the California EPA Department of Toxic Substance Control’s original Green Ribbon Science Panel, which advised on development of the Safer Consumer Products Regulations. Mike is currently serving on the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute® Advisory Board and is co-moderator of the ANSI Chemicals Network. Since 2016, Mike has also been a member of the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for IEC Technical Committee TC 111. TC111 focuses on environmental standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems. Mike has participated in development and maintenance of EPEAT standards IEEE-1680.1, IEEE-1680.2, and IEEE-1680.3 (as well as the NSF-426 server standard activity to a very limited extent).

Mike authored one chapter and co-authored another in Wiley’s “Governance, Risk, and Compliance Handbook” and was featured in Mark Schapiro’s book “Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power“.

Mike founded DCA in 2001, taking a 2.75 year hiatus to join ENVIRON in 2012. After ENVIRON was acquired by Ramboll he raised DCA from the ashes in mid-2015 and went back to independent consulting. Prior to founding DCA, Mike spent 20 years in engineering and engineering management roles in the semiconductor, aerospace and electronics industry at manufacturers including Hamilton Standard (now Hamilton Sunstrand, part of United Technologies Corp.), Intel, Intergraph and Compaq.