Students at Presidio Graduate School have the privilege to learn from forward-thinking professionals selected from among practitioners and thought leaders in the discipline of sustainable development.
Our esteemed CAIRs are seasoned professionals selected from among practitioners and thought leaders in the discipline of sustainable development. They bring first-hand knowledge of public sector, non-profit, and industry sector expertise directly, and personally to our students, faculty, and alumni community.
By immersing in the school’s regular teaching and learning activities, participating in conferences and programs, and working closely with our students they contribute to the vibrancy of our culture and our learning.
Students on the Seattle campuses of PGS select and invite national and international Change Agents in Residence (CAIRs) into the classrooms during residency each month. These industry pioneers are advancing sustainable business practices, researching social and ecological sustainability, and leading organizations—and our world—to a more sustainable future. From artists and activists to executives at Fortune 100 companies, students have the opportunity to engage with some of today’s most amazing change makers.
Ongoing engagement with Change Agents in Residence (CAIRs) allows students and faculty a deeper perspective on leveraging innovation for the common good and prepares learners to design and lead pioneering enterprises, businesses, and organizations. CAIRs also serve as coaches and mentors to the students during school and after graduation.
Donna LaSala is the Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin. In addition, Donna teaches the SF PGS Public Sector Finance; Information Management, Technology & Policy; and, Research Methods & Policy Evaluation courses.Prior to joining SFGoodwill, Donna was the Director of Information Technology for the City of Berkeley, California. Donna also served on the administrative staff at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, spent three years on the Graduate Student Staff at the Israel Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government’s ‘Senior Executives in State and Local Government’ program. She has a BSc in Policy Analysis and Economics from Cornell University and an MPA in Public Sector Finance Information Management, Technology & Policy from the University of San Francisco. Donna is passionate about efficient and sustainable government automation, implementing analytical frameworks for business process analysis, ethical information management, performance measurement and business intelligence, broadening civic participation and access to education.
Mona Das worked for a variety of software companies before launching MOXY Mortgage in 2004, a mortgage business focused on educating and empowering first-time homebuyers. In 2012, Mona graduated from Pinchot University, with an MBA in Sustainable Business; she previously earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. Mona is currently a PGS board member, and has served as the Vice-Chair of the Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation and on the Budget Committee for The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. In addition to her interest in sustainability, Mona has demonstrated her commitment to equality—for immigrants, women, and anyone in our society who needs a stronger voice—through her leadership positions with various organizations, including:
At LaborVoices, Khanna is building a Glassdoor-like platform that guides workers to the best jobs and global brands to the best suppliers. Already, LaborVoices has data on tens of thousands of workers from more than one hundred factories and farms in 11 countries. He is passionate about developing products that delight users while also creating social impact. Previously, he has held analytics and research roles at PayPal, Wikimedia Foundation, and Duke University. Ayush has a Masters degree in Information Science from UC Berkeley and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Mumbai University.
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Jessica Rose is the Democracy Collaborative’s Chief Financial Officer and Director of Employee Ownership Programs, working out of the Cleveland office. In addition to her role with internal financial management, she serves as a consultant and project lead in The Democracy Collaborative’s advisory practice, oversees research and outreach related to employee ownership projects, and she also provides as needed business development support to the Evergreen Cooperatives and the Rochester Cooperative Project.
Jessica’s primary areas of expertise include impact investing, organizational design, and business development, with a special emphasis on start-ups, social ventures, and small to medium sized enterprises. Her early career was spent as a micro-entrepreneur, teacher, and the leader of multiple mission-driven community organizations. After becoming aware of cooperative business ownership models and the broader social enterprise movement, she returned to earn her M.B.A. at The University of Notre Dame, as an M.B.A. Fellow and Forte Foundation Fellow. During this time, Jessica concentrated in investments and social business models and served as an Associate in an early-stage investment office, an Equity Analyst for the university’s endowment, and a Consultant to several domestic and international impact organizations, including Catholic Relief Services, The Irish Angels, and The Valley Alliance for Worker Cooperatives