Bard MBA in Sustainability presents

Sustainable Business Fridays: Housing With Compassion, Development With A Vision

Podcast Series

Elizabeth Celaya, Director of Organizational & Community Development, Hudson River Housing, Inc. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

As Director of Organizational & Community Development for Hudson River Housing, Elizabeth Druback-Celaya oversees the agency’s Community Building & Engagement Department, and provides leadership to chart a course for future growth through strategic planning, partnership development, and fundraising.
Elizabeth spearheaded the creation of the Middle Main Revitalization initiative in the City of Poughkeepsie, a cross-sector collaboration focused on revitalizing the heart of the City’s Main Street. Starting with a shoestring budget and a handful of interested citizens, Elizabeth has spent the past six years growing this initiative into a key driver of change in the City of Poughkeepsie. Under her direction, the Initiative is responsible for coordinating monthly community meetings, community leadership trainings, neighborhood marketing, cultural events, economic development, and other activities that build strategic relationships and focus on strengthening the assets of the neighborhood. Recently, this work has expanded to include a focus on rural communities in Dutchess County which are facing unique affordability and economic development challenges.  

Elizabeth’s work has resulted in millions of dollars of private and public investment in Dutchess County communities. Elizabeth has presented her work at national conferences organized by NeighborWorks America, the Community Preservation Corporation Hudson Valley Main Street Summit, the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, and the American Planning Association.

Elizabeth is a graduate of Vassar College and holds a Masters Degree in Non-profit Management from The New School.  


Sustainable Business Fridays (SBF) is the first podcast of its kind bringing together students in Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program with leaders in business, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Twice monthly, these conversations go live via iTunes and Googleplay. Past SBF featured guests have included top sustainability leaders from Unilever, HSBC, GM, Campbell’s Soup, PepsiCo, Green Mountain Energy and many more.
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The Bard MBA in Sustainability is one of a select few graduate programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a core business curriculum. In the Bard MBA every class is organized around one critical question: How can we build or transform our businesses so that they are in business to solve the pressing social and environmental problems of our time? Graduates of the Bard MBA are transforming existing companies, starting their own, and pioneering a new paradigm of doing business that meets human needs, protects and restores the Earth's systems, and treats all stakeholders with justice and respect. To learn more, visit

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Download: BardSBF_Fall2016.pdf

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