Do you need help advancing your organization’s sustainability strategies? Get cutting-edge sustainable business and policy thinking and application with the Presidio Graduate School Experiential Learning Program.

Presidio Graduate School’s EL students have contributed over 135,000 advisory hours to 500+ organizations of all sizes and missions.

As an EL partner, you’ll get access to a team of 3-5 sustainable solutions MBA or MPA students.  The team will integrate traditional management concepts and metrics – such as financial ROI calculation, market assessment, and strategic analysis – with sustainability metrics relevant to advance your organization’s success. During the 12-week program, the teams incorporate in-depth research and analysis to deliver specialized strategy and business plans focused on one of the following areas:


Operations and Supply Chain Management 


Student teams in the Operations and Supply Chain Management class partner with organizations to create an operations plan that establishes a set of major steps or tasks necessary to meet an existing, new or proposed operations process.

Examples include:

  • Adding production or distribution capacity to meet a perceived set of market demands.
  • Identifying a set of production processes or distribution channels that minimizes a food production company’s carbon footprint relative to its current operating configuration.
  • Identifying one or more alternative ways of designing the packaging for a firm’s cleaning products so the packaging can be diverted from a landfill at end of life and instead reused, re-manufactured, or recycled.
  • Identifying an environmentally friendly wastewater processing system to address the production growth plans of a draft beer production company.
  • Identifying a program of medical supply purchasing by a hospital that limits sources of supply to those whose products do not yield medical waste during use.


Once the team has determined the optimal approach, they create a high-level implementation plan that lays out a set of major steps or tasks necessary to meet the new requirement. Aspects of the report will include:

  • Demand Forecast Analysis
  • Cost Analysis
  • Inventory & Logistical Planning Analysis
  • Sustainability Analysis
  • Profit and Loss Analysis
  • Organizational Plan Recommendations
  • Implementation Timeline

The team will deliver their quantitative analyses and implementation plan recommendations to their partner through both a verbal presentation and a written report.

Organization Requirements

In order to participate in the Operations EL Project, the company or organization must have access to at least three years of data. Data needed are, of course, unique to the project but can include metrics like cost per product/service, cost per employee, miles traveled, etc. If your company or organization does not have access to data, the student teams will not be able to provide optimized recommendations.

Financial Systems 

In Financial Systems, student teams will identify the economic investment and the cost of capital that will be required of the organization to pursue this strategy. They will then subject this investment to a valuation analysis by applying the most appropriate of the financial analysis and capital budgeting tools taught in the course, including Net Present Value (NPV), Internal Rate of Return (IRR), Terminal Value, Payback Period, Discounted Profitability, and other return measures like Social Return on Investment (SROI).


As a result of their research and analysis, the team will be able to identify a highly differentiated competitive position within the framework of a new or emerging market. They then craft a set of strategic recommendations to help their clients think creatively and systemically about the purpose and direction of their organizations. These strategic recommendations are validated by the business rationale provided by the financial analysis, and the team will answer the questions, “What is the value of the project? Is this a sound investment?”

The team will present their findings to their partner in a verbal presentation, along with an executive report and various spreadsheets that can be updated as the values for certain variables change. Worksheets generally include Cash Flow Projections, Profit and Loss Statements, and Balance Sheet Projections.

Organization Requirements

In order to participate in the Sustainable Finance EL Project, the company or organization must be considering the business and financial viability of a strategic initiative. Strategic questions include, for example: “Should my organization launch in a new market/demographic?”, “Should our organization offer this new product/service? Will the market receive it? Will it make sense financially?”

Engagement: Connecting Brands and Consumers 

Student teams in the Engagement: Connecting Brands and Consumers class work with organizations to develop strategic marketing plans, which may be at the enterprise, business unit, or product level. Teams work with their partners to define and tailor the scope and objectives of the marketing project.

Each team conducts consumer, market, and organizational research to understand the marketing situation faced by their partner. The team analyzes customer and market insights to understand what products and services are most desired by the target market. This is used as a basis for the team to apply a holistic approach to marketing that will create mutual value for both the customer and the organization.


Based on their market research and the needs of the partner organization, each team creates a unique, strategic marketing plan to allow the partner organization to build a connection with the customer and communicate their mutual value. Additionally, the team makes recommendations so that their tactical marketing action plans can be managed in a way that will achieve business results. The team will give a verbal presentation to their partner as well as a written, strategic marketing plan sharing the findings and recommendations of the project.

Organization Requirements

To sponsor an Engagement: Connecting Brands and Consumers EL, the organization must be in business already. Start-up ideas that are not implemented yet do not work well with this type of Marketing Plan. The organization should also have some idea of what product/service/general demographic they are targeting.


Public Sector Finance 

Teams of one to three students in the Public Sector Finance class partner with private or public organizations to analyze the operating and/or capital budget of a public sector/non-profit agency. They will use analytical frameworks for presenting policy/administrative options and recommendations.


The team will write a publication-ready white paper outlining recommendations and produce an informational video. The team will provide data and analysis to help your organization validate and/or refine financial and policy strategies.

Information Management, Technology & Policy 

Teams of one to three students in the Information Management, Technology & Policy class work with organizations to help them better leverage technology systems in order to help drive social, economic, and environmental change.


The team will write a publication-ready research paper outlining recommendations and produce an informational video. The team will provide data and analysis to help your organization validate and/or refine its technology roadmap.

Research Methods and Evaluation 


Teams of one to three students in the Research Methods class leverage service focused evaluation projects, students use tools of program evaluation as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods to answer important organizational questions related to process, outputs, outcomes, and resources.


The team defines their partner’s focal issue and performs comprehensive research and analysis of market and policy trends, which they use to create an in-depth SWOT and PEST analysis. They generate a set of future scenarios that are customized to the strategic environment of the partner organization, and design and facilitate a participatory session of strategic design with stakeholders of the organization. The team will write a publication-ready white paper outlining recommendations and produce an informational video.


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Your enterprise can benefit from MBA and MPA student teams over semester-long projects for Strategy, Finance, Supply Chain, Operations, Marketing, Public-Private Partnerships, and Innovation. Clients contribute to the program’s administrative costs by paying $5,000 for 1 project or $4,000 each for 2 or more projects per year. Not-for-profits pay $500 per project.

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