Our alumni lead the evolution of business by developing their own successful ventures, guiding established organizations towards more sustainable futures, and bringing sustainable practices to the greater community.
Natasha Lamed was recently named one of the 50 Most Influential People of 2017 by Bloomberg Businessweek:
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“The activist investor prompted major U.S. companies to close the gender pay gap, with Starbucks Corp. saying women earn 99.7 percent of what men earn doing similar work.”
In this role, Nils oversees this rapidly evolving North American network of over 145 cities representing more than 80 million people. USDN fosters collaborating on local innovations for sustainability and supports its members who are on the front lines of addressing the issues surrounding climate change, preparedness, and social sustainability. This past year, USDN also launched the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance – a collaboration of vanguard international cities committed to achieving aggressive long-term carbon reduction goals. Previously, Nils was the Mayor’s Senior Aide and Sustainability Advisor for the City of Berkeley and was one of the founding team members responsible for creating Berkeley’s innovative solar financing program, which has since become a national model of renewable energy financing (PACE). Last but not least, Nils has enjoyed co-teaching EMCA (Effective Management, Communication & Action) with Carl Schneebeck for the past 8 years.
Ali is focused on the power of humor to win hearts, minds, and guts, developing funny but seriously effective videos for organizations like Alliance for Climate Education and NextGen Climate. Earlier this year, she created and produced a web series for NextGen Climate called Spotlight California. The 5-episode series followed comedian Kiran Deol around California, exploring how the all-powerful oil industry has impacted our lives in the most environmentally conscious state in the union. Leveraging personal stories and humor to engage viewers, the series avoids using politicized terms in an effort to rally everyone behind forces we need to fight like pollution and corruption. Spotlight California will be making its way to festivals and conferences like Net Impact and SXSW Eco throughout 2016.
Greg is Sustainable Energy Strategist at NRG Energy, where he is initiating and delivering creative, sustainable energy solutions crafted to meet the needs of individual commercial and industrial partners in the new clean energy economy. Greg has designed sustainability solutions, from opportunity to strategy to execution by connecting corporate and sustainability strategy and focusing on value creation for our customers and clients by connecting carbon reduction strategy to asset management and long-term growth in the power generation industry. NRG Energy is a Fortune 200 Company that owns and operates one of the country’s largest and most diverse power generation portfolios.
Leann has been working tirelessly to improve the supply chain practices of large corporations such as Google, where she is currently working for a more responsible and sustainable supply chain. She has also done the same at SunPower and Sun Microsystems Inc. Leann’s work to help organizations address conflict minerals and other key supply issues is having a major impact on the procurement practices in the technology sector.
Morgan is the Program Manager and Design Strategist for N Square: The Crossroads for Nuclear Innovation — a $2.4 million dollar two-year pilot of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund and Ploughshares Fund—responsible for creating a new model of funding in the nuclear security community. Drawing on successful approaches from venture capital, technology, social media, and other arenas, N Square will make experimental investments designed to build a new generation of leaders and influencers committed to the peace and security of a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons.
Sandra’s most recent accomplishment is founding 10Power, a social venture addressing international development at the local level. The business model is project management and financing for renewable energy projects in under-served communities internationally. Beginning with solar PV projects for businesses, clinics, and schools in Haiti, 10Power is creating a blueprint for sustainable development that can scale impact across the globe. An essential part of their social impact is training and employing local women. Sandra built a strong team of Presidio Alumni and other experts in their field to execute their ambitious global strategy.
Previously, Matt was COO of Ethic, a data platform that creates sustainable passive investments for institutional investors and VP of Investor Relations for LinkedIn. He is also an Aspen Institute First Mover. Matt is a proven capital markets leader with deep experience connecting investors to purpose-driven enterprises.
Upon joining PGS, students become members of a powerful global professional network of leaders and innovators who provide an ongoing source of knowledge, experience, and inspiration.
CONSCIOUS COMPANY, founded in 2014, is the first print and digital, nationally distributed publication in the US to focus solely on sustainable business and business as a force for good. Based in Boulder, Colorado, the publication first hit stands nationwide in January 2015. With four issues in 2015 and moving to a bi-monthly production schedule in 2016, the publication has quickly become a leading source of information for and about sustainable businesses.
Meghan and Maren came to together with a shared mission to leverage the power of storytelling and great design to broaden the conversation about using business as a force for good. They believe that a new definition of success in business is emerging — a definition that is motivated by a growing dissatisfaction with the “status quo,” an overall shift towards a values-driven economy, and one that is ultimately centered on a company’s ability to have a positive effect on society and the environment. They are a great example of the united impact our Seattle and San Francisco campuses are making.
When they see injustice, Presidians are anything but meek. Named one of Bloomberg’s 2017 Top 50, Natasha Lamb, Managing Director...
Natasha Lamb, Managing Director of sustainable wealth management firm Arjuna Capital and a PGS alumna (Seattle Cohort 4), has – time and again – persuaded industry titans to disclose concealed information.
As a Portfolio Manager and Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement, Natasha leads efforts to shed light on environmental and social impact issues at corporations that could factor into her clients’ investment decisions. Five years ago, she was pressing natural gas companies to release their data on methane leakage. Three years ago, she got ExxonMobil to release their first report on climate change and carbon asset risk. Now she is focused on the gender pay gap. By filing shareholder resolutions, her team has compelled companies to commit to equal pay transparency.
So far, she has swayed tech giants like Apple and Microsoft to release their statistics on pay disparities, and most recently, she shifted her efforts to another male-dominated industry – banking.
In true Presidian style, Natasha makes the case for corporate transparency by addressing not only the ethical justification but also the financial payoff. She points to substantial research showing the link between greater gender diversity and higher returns. And by drawing the attention of advocates and investors, an increasing number of companies have begun to take a hard look at their numbers.
“I engage with companies that I believe, if compelled, will act in their own enlightened self-interest,” says Natasha. “That is, I ask companies to address unmitigated risks or opportunities not only because it is the right thing to do, but because there is a business case to do so. There is no question I learned that skill during my time at [what was then] Bainbridge, now Presidio Graduate School.”
More about Natasha’s important work can be found on the Arjuna Capital website and in the recent article from Fast Company and Bloomberg 50
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