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The MBA faculty is composed of distinguished professors and sustainability practitioners that reflect the broad diversity and talent of those working within the sustainability realm. The Weekend Residency structure supports a remarkable array of cutting-edge practitioners that teach as adjunct professors, permanent Bard faculty, and notable guest lecturers.
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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.
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.
M.S. (Sustainability Management), Columbia University; B.A. (Dual Major in Business Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies), University of Pittsburgh. In 2011 JD co-founded Closed Loop Advisors, a data-driven sustainability management consultancy. At Closed Loop Advisors, JD manages staff and works with clients across sectors to make smart decisions about sustainability strategy and project implementation. He has helped clients solve problems related to emissions reduction, facility efficiency, operational effectiveness, responsible sourcing and constructing healthy, green buildings. 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 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 a leadership level on strategic and operational challenges for over a decade, striking a balance between innovation and practicality while planning and implementing projects. He 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.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.
Jeffrey Domanski is a proud New York native and has worked for 20 years as a multi-disciplined environmental professional focused on resource conservation strategies in the built environment and sound economic development. He is the Senior Manager of Energy & Sustainability at IBTS, a not-for-profit organization offering services to the public sector. He has extensive experience in program and project management and organizational sustainability leadership for large and globally-recognized organizations, and has worked in-house and as consultant for public, private, and academic organizations. His consulting work focused on providing technical and policy analysis services, and his clients include The World Bank, the University of Pennsylvania, sustainability consulting and design firms, and numerous others while serving as senior staff scientist and project manager at AKRF, a New York-based environmental planning and consulting firm. His areas of expertise include the use of science-based behavioral, organizational, financial, communications, and technological approaches to design and deploy effective energy efficiency and other sustainability strategies. He has extensive audience engagement design experience, including education courses (including development of GBCI-approved courses) technical training, webinars, and public education programs. He serves on the Board of Sustainable Hudson Valley; the Leadership Council of the Garrison Institute’s Climate, Mind, and Behavior initiative; and the Mayor’s Conservation Advisory Committee in Beacon, NY. Jeff is also the organizer of Hudson Valley Green Drinks, a semi-formal gathering of like-minded individuals seeking to create a more sustainable world. Jeff is a LEED AP, received his BS in Chemistry from SUNY ESF at Syracuse, and an MPA from Princeton University. He proudly served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1994 to 1996. He very happily resides in the heart of the Hudson Valley.
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.
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.'
, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.