Congratulations to Nils Moe (C3) – Presidio Graduate School’s 3rd Enterprise Vanguard Award (EVA) Winner


At the 2016 Commencement ceremony at the avant-garde SFJazz Center, Ema Phelps, Vice-President of the PGS Alumni Association, introduced Nils Moe as “an alumnus whose work supports more than 80 million people across 145 cities.” Presidio Graduate School’s third recipient of the Enterprise Vanguard Award (EVA) exemplifies everything this awards stands for. Named after and inspired by longtime PGS Board member and dedicated change agent Eva Auchincloss, for EVA celebrates the success of outstanding PGS alumni for their achievements that have broad-based sustainability impact in business, nonprofits or government.


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Eva Auchincloss has been engaged with PGS since its inception. She was a member of the Board of Directors from 2000 to 2011, starting her service to the school during the years when PGS was still known as Presidio World College. Eva’s initiative, hard work, and expansive professional network truly helped launch Presidio Graduate School quickly and effectively. Together with Dick Gray and Steven Swig, the original co-founders, Eva has been instrumental to the success of PGS and remains actively engaged with the institution, including serving on the Board’s Development Committee. With her quiet ‘behind-the-scenes’ style and with unfaltering enthusiasm, she has provided a strong and steadying presence throughout the institution’s history.


This is why, in 2014, the PGS Board of Directors and the Alumni Association Board chose to honor her by recognizing an achievement at the vanguard of sustainability—one of those ripples at the edge of social and environmental change. Eva herself sees her role as being one of enabling a ripple effect—of expanding the impact made by students, faculty, and alumni. In her own words, she wants to amplify the work of younger people who are passionate about sustainability and taking action.


In the spirit of Eva Auchincloss’ dedication, criteria for the award named in her honor include having a significant impact in business, nonprofit, or other sector, maintaining a strong commitment to Presidio Graduate School, and contributing to a paradigm shift in an industry or around a particular issue. This year, the alumni community chose someone who shines in all these areas.


As Managing Director of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), Nils Moe oversees the day-to- day operations of this rapidly evolving North American network and ignites collaboration across city governments to find innovative solutions for climate change, community resilience, and social sustainability. Furthermore, Nils was instrumental in launching the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, a collaboration of international cities committed to achieving aggressive carbon reduction goals.


While serving as the Mayor’s Senior Aide and Sustainability Advisor for the City of Berkeley, he helped to implement Berkeley’s Climate Action Plan and worked with the community to reduce their GHG emissions and become a more resilient city. Nils was one of the founding team members responsible for creating Berkeley’s innovative solar financing program, now a national model we know as PACE, the property-assessed clean energy program. In his free time, Nils also co–founded two values-driven non–profits – Pinch Me Films and Senior Surf.


Nils’ commitment to PGS, his dedication and his broader impact are truly remarkable: for the past eight years he has taught sustainable management in the MPA and MBA residency programs as a co-instructor to Presidians in the Effective Management, Communication & Action class. He is also the recipient of the MK Gratitude Fund for Faculty and continues to be an inspiration for past and current students, his fellow faculty, and the larger PGS community alike.


When accepting his award, Nils thanked Ema, the PGS Alumni Association and Eva Auchincloss for her ongoing support for the Presidio community and for being such an inspiring role model herself. “At USDN I lead an organization built on the power of a strong network of sustainable cities. This is in much the same way Presidio is built on an amazing community who share the same goal of creating a better future. As I was the first day with you all in EMCA, I am honored to know you and be your colleague in this incredibly important work. Here’s to building a better future together!



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