Bard MBA

Our People

The Bard MBA faculty reflects the broad diversity and extraordinary talent of sustainability-focused leaders in the New York City region and beyond. In addition to the permanent faculty at Bard, the weekend intensive structure of the program supports a remarkable set of cutting-edge practitioners as program faculty. Some of our faculty teach full time; some share their expertise for set modules. Guest lectures and case presentations are a prominent feature of the program. Experienced business leaders also support the program on the MBA Advisory Board.

John Cusack

John Cusack M.B.A. (Management), New York University; M.C.E. (Environmental Engineering & Science) Manhattan College; B.C.E. (Civil Engineering), Manhattan College. Cusack is the founder of Gifford Park Associates (GPA), a sustainability management advisory firm specializing in the areas of sustainability finance, management and implementation, responsible investing, clean technologies, climate change, environmental risks disclosure, and the relationship between the sustainability and financial performance of firms. Clients have included a variety of multinational corporations, financial firms, and international agencies and governments, including the UAE, UN, OECD, and US State Dept. Prior to starting GPA, Cusack was a senior executive in North America & Europe for several cleantech subsidiaries of Asea Brown Boveri (ABB). He served as liaison with ABB’s energy/environmental VC fund and as advisor to ABB Environmental Affairs. In addition to developing and teaching the “Finance for Sustainable Business” course at Bard, he also has developed a course called “Sustainable Finance,” that he teaches at Iona College.