Eva Auchincloss (Board member Emeritus) was Associate Publisher of a women’s sports publishing company and Founding Executive Director of the Women’s Sports Foundation, as well as a principal of Auchincloss & Turner. A delegate to the U.S. Olympic Committee, she has served on numerous board such as the Foundation of the California Bar Association, Junior League, Lifeplan Center, and the International Diplomacy Council of San Francisco. She is also co-founder of SF Village and a graduate of Vassar College. Click here to learn about Eva’s role on the Board of Directors and the inspiration for the award.
The Enterprise Vanguard Award or EVA was inspired by Founding Board Member, super supporter and donor Eva Auchincloss. When the time came for her to retire, the Board of Directors chose to honor her many contributions and love of the students and alumni through the annual EVA. When asked what kept her working so passionately for the School over these many years and challenges she responded:
“Helping to empower all of you to make the world a better place and send ripples out to grow to waves.”
The award is given out to an individual or team of individuals, who through their endeavor(s) have achieved significant impact in the field of sustainability. This impact whether through business, non-profit or government has advanced a lasting shift or ripple effect either geographically or by disrupting an industry or practice.
Each year, Alumni from both the San Francisco and Seattle Campuses nominate their fellow Alumni whose work embodies the definition of the award. Following the six week call for nominations, upon close inspection of all nominations, a multi-stakeholder task force chooses the annual recipient using the following criteria rating system:
Director, Sustainable Futures Lab at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)
Jacob is a futurist and the Director of the Sustainable Futures Lab at BSR, a global business network and consultancy that develops sustainable business strategies. Previously, Jacob was the Principal Sustainability Advisor at Forum for the Future.
Using strategic foresight methodologies such as scenario planning with businesses and multi-stakeholder groups, Jacob helps to create more sustainable and resilient organizations and system change. In his work, he combines creative insight with analytical rigor and a spirit of pragmatic optimism.
Jacob has a well-developed intersectoral perspective from a wide range of projects around the world including work in the apparel, fisheries management, and retail sectors. Past clients include Levi Strauss & Co, the Rockefeller Foundation, Target, Unilever, and the Outdoor Industry Association.
He is a regular speaker on sustainability and futures topics at conferences such as SXSW Eco and Net Impact, and guest lectures at universities including The New School and Goldsmiths, University of London.
These days Jacob is particularly excited about biologically-inspired innovations that actively regenerate our human and natural systems, as well as the use of technology to promote more inclusive and equitable business models.