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The Bard MBA reflects the broad diversity and extraordinary talent of sustainability-focused leaders in the New York metropolitan region and beyond. The Weekend Residency structure of the program supports a remarkable set of cutting-edge practitioners as adjunct professors, in addition to the permanent faculty at Bard.
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Director and Faculty, Bard MBA in Sustainability; Director, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
B.A. (Geology) Williams College; Ph.D. (Economics) University of Michigan. Goodstein is the author of three books: Economics and the Environment, (John Wiley and Sons: 2017) now in its eighth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (University Press of New England: 2007); and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment. (Island Press: 1999). Articles by Goodstein have appeared in among other outlets, The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, and Environmental Management. His research has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, The Economist, and USA Today. In recent years, Goodstein has coordinated climate education events at over 2500 colleges, universities, high schools and other institutions across the country He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, and is on the Steering Committee of Economics for Equity & the Environment. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Follett Corporation, and is on the advisory committee for Chevrolet's Clean Energy Initiative.
M.B.A. Stanford University. B.S. Cornell University (Industrial and Labor Relations). Laura is Vice President at BSR, a global nonprofit business network dedicated to sustainability. Laura spearheads the New York office, working with multinational companies across a range of industry sectors and sustainability issues. She also serves on BSR’s Executive Committee and oversees global membership strategy and services. She runs senior-level sustainability strategy workshops and multistakeholder forums, and has published reports on environmental, social, and governance integration in mainstream investing. From 2006 to 2010, Laura facilitated the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, growing the initiative from 15 to more than 50 electronics companies. She also launched BSR’s global financial services and media practices. Laura previously worked for Deloitte Consulting, where she acquired extensive strategy experience advising multinational financial services companies. She also managed a community development project in Ecuador, developed the business strategy for a startup in the biotechnology sector in Chile.
M.S. (Sustainability Management), Columbia University; B.A. (Dual Major in Business Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies), University of Pittsburgh. JD is a Senior Strategist with Third Partners, a sustainability consultancy focused on responsible business strategy, data science and marketing. JD works with clients on sustainability strategy and data projects across industries at Fortune 500 and privately-held companies. He does some independent strategy consulting on business process optimization and marketing science. JD co-founded and led Closed Loop Advisors, a data-driven sustainability management consultancy, from 2011 until 2016. Prior to his work in sustainability, JD spent nearly a decade in global business analytics at Schering-Plough (now Merck). At Schering-Plough, his responsibilities ranged from coding and analyzing big data sets to being a dedicated in-house management consultant for VPs in marketing and sales. His career began pioneering a role that maximized use of the internet to grow business at a mid-sized recruiting firm. JD has consulted at an executive level on strategic and operational challenges for over a decade, striking a balance between innovation and practicality while planning and implementing projects. He speaks at sustainability and technology events, has been recognized by Crain’s New York, and his work has been cited in Bloomberg Businessweek. JD has been involved with a number of nonprofit programs focused on the environment and civic engagement.
B.S. Tulane University; MBA, Managing for Sustainability, Marlboro. Kathy Hipple is a founding partner of Noosphere Marketing, where she works with mission-driven organizations, financial services and tech firms to communicate – and advance -- their ESG initiatives. While teaching Finance at Bard’s Sustainable MBA, Kathy infuses sustainability and regenerative capitalism into a traditional finance curriculum. Prior to launching Noosphere, Kathy had an extensive background on Wall Street, working with international institutional clients at Merrill Lynch, and in local search, where she ran a NYC-based media company with nearly 200 employees and $35 million in revenues and served on the national board of the Local Search Association. Kathy is a founding member of the Generative Council, a group of women leaders in the for-profit and not-for-profit sector. She serves on the boards of Meals on Wheels in Bennington, Vermont; Sawah Bali, in Bali, Indonesia; and The Center for Nature and Leadership, in Washington, DC. She is working to launch a Sustainable Women’s Investment fund, which will select investments through a gender and sustainability lens.
B.S.E. (Marketing), University of Pennsylvania; M.B.A. (Specializations in Marketing, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship), New York University. Jorge founded
in 2015, an independent strategic marketing consultancy serving purpose-driven brands, nonprofits and foundations. He currently serves in both advisory and consulting roles to a variety of organizations including for-profit social enterprise Givkwik, an employee engagement platform. Jorge has also been involved with a number of nonprofit organizations committed to a range of issues related to youth, community, and social justice. As a First Mover Fellow since 2014 at The Aspen Institute, a program offered by The Business & Society Program, Jorge understands the mindset of an ‘
, having dedicated his career focused on the intersection of marketing, technology and social value. His perspective on business comes from having in-depth experience leading marketing and brand strategy for iconic brands across a variety of sectors including Consumer Packaged Goods (Colgate-Palmolive), Mining and Minerals (Alcoa, Inc.), Automotive and Financial Services (JPMorgan Chase & Co.). Jorge maintains a strong record delivering consistent execution of national, integrated marketing campaigns and was honored as a “40 under 40” Brand Innovator in 2012 for expertise in digital marketing. In 2011 and 2012, Jorge was also honored as an Official Honoree of The Webby Awards in the category of Corporate Social Responsibility for his leadership of Chase Community Giving, a philanthropic and stakeholder engagement program of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Jorge now pursues his passion and interests in corporate citizenship, improving the world of philanthropy and stakeholder engagement through purpose-driven and impact marketing programs that scale.
J.D., Loyola Law School; B.S. (Sociology, Political Science). L. Hunter Lovins is president and founder of
Natural Capitalism Solutions
(NCS). NCS educates senior decision makers in business, government, and civil society to restore and enhance natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. Lovins is also currently a faculty member at Bainbridge Graduate Institute and the chief insurgent of the Madrone Project. Lovins has consulted for scores of industries, governments, and large and small companies worldwide. Recipient of such honors as the Right Livelihood Award, Lindbergh Award, and Leadership in Business, she was named
2000 Hero of the Planet and in 2009
dubbed her a “Green Business Icon.” She has co-authored nine books and hundreds of papers, including the 1999 book
, 2006 e-book
Climate Protection Manual for Cities
, and the 2009 book
ransforming Industry in Asia
. She has served on the boards of governments, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies. Lovins’s areas of expertise include natural capitalism, sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, land management, fire rescue, and emergency medicine. She developed the Economic Renewal Project and helped write many of its manuals on sustainable community economic development. She was a founding professor of business at Presidio Graduate School, one of the first accredited programs offering an M.B.A. in sustainable management.
J.D., Stanford Law School; A.B., Stanford University (International Relations, Economics). Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a leading visionary on community economics. He’s also an adjunct instructor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and at the Post-Carbon Institute, and a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He is credited with being one of the architects of the 2012 JOBS Act and dozens of state laws overhauling securities regulation of crowdfunding. He has authored, coauthored, or edited nine books. His most recent book, published by Chelsea Green in May 2015, is The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity. One of his previous books, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years in nearly every U.S. state and more than a dozen countries.
M. Randall Strickland
M.A., New York University; B.S., Cornell University. Randy Strickland is a Director for Cornerstone Capital Group, a financial services firm offering investment advisory, research, and strategic consulting services in the field of Sustainable Investment. He is responsible for supporting the firm's investment advisory clients in the areas of investment policy planning, environmental, social and governance (ESG) and impact investing integration, and investment manager and strategy selection. He brings over 20 years of experience in the asset management arena. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Randy served as a Sustainable Investment Specialist at Sentinel Investments, where he worked alongside the firm’s sustainable investing portfolio management and research team as the subject matter expert and primary point of contact for clients and their advisors. Randy’s experience also includes senior positions at City National Bank of New Jersey, ImpactAssets, Principal Global Investors, Commonfund and TIAA. Randy is also a Advisory Committee Member at Seton Hall Prep School and serves on the Board of the Seedlr Foundation
B.S. Cornell University (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering); M.B.A. New York University Stern School of Business (Supply Chain Management & Global Sourcing). Christina brings practical analytical business approaches from her strongly rooted background in manufacturing, product development, supply chain, and project management. Her industry experience spans manufacturing, aerospace & defense, non-profit organizations, and healthcare. Christina currently leads Business Value Analysis / Sourcing for the Mount Sinai Health System, where she drives cost efficiency initiatives in operational, supply chain, facilities and EH&S categories totaling over $80 million in annual spend. Her interests lie at the intersection of competitive operational decision making and the associated environmental and social impacts. She is also trained in Lean Six Sigma and is a certified Project Management Professional. An avid outdoorswoman, Christina spends much of her free time in the mountains and is passionate about environmental conversation and protection of public lands.
B.A. University of California Santa Cruz (Agriculture, Ecology, & Political Economy) ; M.B.A. Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Aurora Winslade has spent the past fifteen years launching and leading organizational change efforts in higher education and offering professional development to sustainability leaders. She is currently the director of sustainability at Swarthmore College, where she facilitates campus and community strategies to integrate sustainability into operations, academics, and campus culture. Previously she founded new sustainability programs at the University of California Santa Cruz and the 10-campus University of Hawaii system . She also worked as the Market Transformation Manager for Hawaii Energy , the statewide energy efficiency program, for which she was recognized as a National Rising Star of Energy Efficiency in 2015 from the Alliance to Save Energy. She has been leading workshops on change management for sustainability professionals and educators since 2008 , working with diverse institutions including the University of California, the University of Maryland, the Arbor Day Foundation, the Association for the Advancement of Higher Education, the Taiwan Ministry of Education, and Hawaii Green Growth. She is a Senior Fellow with Humanity in Action and the Environmental Leadership Program . She is also an active volunteer with Citizens Climate Lobby and has helped Swarthmore College win international recognition for its leadership on carbon pricing.
B.A. (History), Cornell University; M.B.A. (General Management), Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. As Senior Consultant at
, Crawford enables leaders of mission-driven businesses and nonprofit organizations build bottom-up innovation, forge risk-aware strategy, and seize “acceleration moments” to increase their impact on the markets and communities they serve. He publishes regular opinion pieces for forums such as U.S. News and World Report’s Economic Intelligence blog, and speaks frequently on sustainability, entrepreneurship, and education. His courses and workshops have launched change-makers and innovators across half a dozen universities and an array of client organizations. Crawford serves on and facilitates strategy for various educational boards and is co-founder of the
, which challenges young people to imagine solutions to problems they identify, in a dynamic exchange with individuals who have created such solutions in practice.
M.B.A. MIT Sloan School of Management; B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (International Relations and Spanish). Lily Russell has built career at the intersection of education and supply chain sustainability. She recently launched Explain the Chain to cultivate, clarify and connect stories and strategies about where things come from and go—supply chain thinking for kids, adults, executives and everyone in-between. Prior to Explain the Chain, Lily was a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Here she spearheaded the supplier engagement and supply chain transparency practice areas- leading clients through supply chain risk analysis, supplier and stakeholder engagement, sustainability scorecard design and implementation, quantification of environmental impacts, benchmarking, workshop design and facilitation. Lily was recently selected as a Fellow for The Balaton Group- an international network of researchers and practitioners in fields related to systems and sustainability. Her publications include: “The Path to Supply Chain Transparency”, DU Press, July 18, 2014 ; “Collective Responses to Rising Water Challenges”, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Deloitte Consulting LLP, October 2012; “Gaining Competitive Advantage in a Water Constrained World”, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Deloitte Consulting LLP, October 2012 Teach for America and co-founding World Camp for Kids were keystones to the launch of Lily’s career. Family, triathlons, fresh air and yoga keep her smiling.
Gilles M. Mesrobian
M.S. (1983) Boston University, Communications; B.A. (1981) University of Toronto, Economics and History. Gilles Mesrobian is a Senior Associate at the Support Center for Nonprofit Management/Partners in Philanthropy. His credentials include over 26 years senior management experience in the non-profit arena, with nearly 20 years as an Executive Director. His consulting experience covers a broad range of organizational work in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, including executive leadership transition, organizational assessment, executive search, strategic planning and leadership development. In addition to his consulting work, Gilles facilitates several leadership training programs including the Support Center’s Trajectory Leadership Program, a yearlong cohort-learning program for CEOs and Executive Directors, as well as the CT Council of Family Service Agency’s yearlong leadership program, both funded through the American Express Leadership Institute.
, University of California, Berkeley; B.A., University of Delhi; M.A., Delhi School of Economics; M.Phil., Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, master’s thesis on the conflicts between utilitarianism and libertarianism. Professor Sethi's research at the University of California, Berkeley, was focused on developing mathematical models and rules of fishery policy under uncertainty. While his initial post-doctoral work continued with this theme, he has since moved away from fisheries research to other areas. Current research involves two projects that are based on the socio-ecological synthesis (SES) framework. One of these is a collaborative exercise with Mary Blair, an ecologist at the Center for Biodiversity Conservation, New York, and anthropologists at Vietnam National University, Hanoi, is an attempt to identify the drivers of slow loris hunting in Vietnam. In addition, He is working with Amy Krakowka Richmond from the United States Military Academy at West Point to develop a household level index of vulnerability in order to identify various stressors that adversely impact household well being in East Africa, with an initial focus on Uganda, specifically focusing on water scarcity as a major stressor in order to develop cogent policy solutions to mitigate, and perhaps reverse, current trends.
As an economist and a statistician, Professor Sethi places very strong emphasis on conveying the core conceptual ideas of both these disciplines in simple terms. While there are a number of excellent papers and textbooks that explain economic concepts well, the lack of a statistics textbook that delves deeper into statistical ideas has spurred him to write one of my own. The textbook he is developing differentiates itself from existing books in that it develops a common frame for testing all hypotheses, explains the relationship between various distributions which allows students to logically deduce the appropriate statistical test for their research design, explains what estimators are and how to choose among them, and develops the connection between the Pythagorean theorem, the law of cosines, and methods such as ANOVA and regression, thereby showing deep connections among geometry, trigonometry, and statistics.
M.B.A. (Environmental Policy & Strategy), George Washington University; Ph.D. (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), Illinois State University; M.S. (Ecology and Evolution), University of Dayton. With experience in government, corporate, and non-profit sectors, Kevin has spent the last 15 years working at the intersection of corporate strategy, public policy and environmental science. Kevin recently joined New York University's Center for Sustainable Business (within the Stern Business School) as a Senior Research Scholar and the Director of Corporate Research and Engagement, after more than seven years as a sustainability strategist in Accenture Strategy. Among his recent projects at Accenture, Kevin collaborated with the World Economic Forum to build strategies that better engage the consumer and enable more sustainable lifestyles. This collaboration led to the launch of Collectively.org and the Positive Change Effie Award, each of which is focused on establishing the sustainable lifestyle as the norm. Prior to Accenture, Kevin was a strategist with Esty Environmental Partners (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), a Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Senate, where he oversaw several of the nation’s scientific agencies, and a consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme where he worked on Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessments and the collection and evaluation of biodiversity data. Before his career in policy and sustainability strategy, Kevin was an ecologist, studying the unending variety of songs and dances that have evolved for avian mating. Kevin has published on the circular economy, corporate strategies for sustainable consumption, the evolutionary ecology of birds, the impacts of climate change on plant and animals, and the economics of coal-generated electricity. In addition, Kevin previously served on the Advisory Group of EarthShare New York and the Board of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility at the George Washington University School of Business.
B.A. (Business Administration) University of Massachusetts, Amherst; MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Kohl is the managing principal of Becoming Sustainable a division of HRComputes, a registered New Jersey Sustainable Business, providing strategic sustainability guidance to senior management on integrating sustainable development goals in strategy, culture, and operations. Kohl is the author of “Becoming a Sustainable Organization” published by CRC Press. Articles by Kohl have appeared in numerous publications including ATD, Sustainable Brands, and Wharton Magazine. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and events including the PMI Global Congress and the Society for Human Resource Management National Conference. She serves on several boards in leadership positions including the Human Capital Advisory Board for La Salle University, the Wharton Social Impact Alumni Group, and the Moorestown Education Foundation. Kohl was named as a 2015 Gotham Green Award winner for her work in sustainability. Certifications included a PMP from the Project Management Institute.
M.P.P. (Public Policy), Columbia University; B.A. (Economics and International Studies), Manhattanville College. Deborah Leipziger is an author, lecturer and advisor in the field of corporate responsibility. Her publications include
The Corporate Responsibility Code Book
, now in its second edition (Greenleaf, 2010),
Living Corporate Citizenship
(FT, 2002), and
Corporate Citizenship: Successful Strategies of Responsible Companies
, (FT, 1998). She is the author of
Social Accountability 8000: The Definitive Guide to the New Social Standard
(FT Prentice Hall, 2001). She advises companies, governments, and UN agencies on corporate responsibility and sustainability issues. She has advised leading multinational companies on strategic and supply chain issues, as well as a wide range of corporate responsibility initiatives, including the UN Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative, the UN Environment Programme, and Social Accountability International. Ms. Leipziger is a Senior Fellow at the Lewis Institute at Babson College, where she is working on a textbook on social value creation. As of 2013, Leipziger is an Adjunct Faculty member at the Simmons School of Management. She serves as a member of several boards including the Global Responsible Investment Advisory and Oversight Committee of Aviva plc and the Sustainable Futures Advisory Committee of Alliance Trust Investments in the UK. She has served on the International Board of Advisors of Instituto Ethos in Brazil and the Advisory Board for the Center for Ethics at Manhattanville College, USA.
Ph.D. (Economics), Rutgers University; B.A., Ohio University. Roy Rotheim is the author of
New Keynesian Economics/Post Keynesian Alternatives
and over two dozen articles. Rotheim is a professor and holds the Quadracci Chair in Social Responsibility at Skidmore College. His main areas of research lie in post-Keynesian economic theory, economic methodology, and the history of economic thought. He has also been a visiting scholar in the faculty of economics and politics of Cambridge University, and visiting professor at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza.'
B.A. (Philosophy), Cornell University; B.A. (Law), Oxford University; MBA (Accounting); Baruch College. Lee Boyar is a CPA who received his training in public accounting at Deloitte, where he specialized in real estate and international tax. A businessman and investor with extensive experience in securities analysis and investment advisory, Lee remains a principal at Boyar Asset Management, a registered investment advisor. As an analyst at CKX (subsequently acquired by Apollo Global Management) he worked as part of the team that acquired Muhammad Ali’s marketing rights for $50 million. An avid long-distance runner, he competes in distances from the 5k to the half marathon and is passionate about maintaining parks in urban areas.
B.S. (Agricultural Economics), University of Vermont. David Lamoureux is a Doctoral Candidate at the New School for Social Research. His research interests include alternatives to neoclassical economics as the dominant paradigm and the historical foundations of contemporary economic thought. He has also taught economics in the New School's Graduate Program in International Affairs.
Ph.D. (Psychology), University of California at Los Angeles; B.S. (Mathematics), City University of New York. Wirtenberg recently wrote,
Building a Culture for Sustainability: People, Planet and Profits in a New Green Economy
, in which she shares insights on how nine major companies are holistically integrating sustainability throughout their operations. Jeana was lead editor of
The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook: When It All Comes Together
, published in 2008. She was a lead author of
Creating a Sustainable Future: A Global Study of Current Trends and Possibilities, 2007-2017
. Jeana is president and CEO of Transitioning to Green. Her company develops individual and organizational capacity to make sustainability take root. Working with CEO's, Presidents, and VP's of Fortune 500 companies, Jeana has helped organizations reach the highest levels of performance excellence by aligning with business strategy. She has held senior organizational, professional, and leadership development positions in major companies-AT&T and the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), as well as in the Federal government at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the National Institute of Education. Jeana is a co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh Dickinson University and teaches at Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program.