Faculty

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.
Jennifer Russell

Jennifer Russell

Ph.D. (2018) Rochester Institute of Technology, Sustainability; M.B.A. (2010) University of Toronto, Strategy; B.ES (2006) University of Waterloo, Environment & Business. Jennifer Russell is a sustainability leader and circular economy scientist who specializes in sustainability outcomes at the intersection of business strategy and ethics, operations, circular economy and stakeholder engagement. Jennifer has spent more than twelve years leading and guiding the development of both internal and external sustainability strategy and programming across a range of sectors including industry, government, non-profit, and academia. As a sustainability professional, Jennifer has been involved in facility-level impact assessment (energy use, water use, waste generation), facility sustainability, waste, and building retro-fitting assessment, product life-cycle assessment, supply-chain and value-chain assessment, sustainability metrics development and corporate sustainability reporting, and other environmental and regulatory compliance reporting. Jennifer has led global-level consulting projects for several multi-national CPG company initiatives to develop circular economy strategy, sustainability, and implementation plans. This involved directly guiding market-level programming and investment decisions related to water and energy use, community and social engagement, waste generation, regulatory compliance, and industry collaboration. On behalf of several industry coalitions and associations in Canada and the U.S.A., Jennifer was part of the leadership teams that led the design and implementation of extended producer responsibility (EPR) compliance programs for packaging, waste electronics, hazardous waste, and plastic bags, initiating and leading strategic industry working groups with representatives from around the world.  Jennifer has worked with industry and government representatives in many diverse regions and economies including the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, China, the UK, and Germany.

Jennifer's doctoral research at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) at the Rochester Institute for Technology (RIT) was funded by the United Nations' International Resource Panel (IRP), an independent scientific advisory council of the UN's Environment Programme (UNEP). Set to be published by the UN in 2018, Jennifer's work advocates the essential need for systems-thinking in assessing the potential to achieve joint environmental and economic improvements through innovative approaches to production systems, value-chain and supply-chain management, and the engagement of internal corporate stakeholders. Looking specifically at the barriers and constraints faced by individual firms, Jennifer's industry experience and research is focused on leveraging meaningful assessment and strategy to support a firm's decision to engage in more sustainable and circular production and operating practices.