Mentors in Residence 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.

We educate and inspire a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world.

How and where will you see our mentors and experts in action?

  • Coaching students and student teams
  • Guest lecturing during and in between residencies
  • Leading a symposium or seminar series for students and alumni
  • Consulting with faculty members and students on research and projects
  • Providing expertise in Presidio faculty development seminar
  • Collaborating on research and writing under the auspices of Presidio

Past Mentors and Experts – San Francisco

  • Best-selling author Van Jones
  • Rahul Raj, former Director of Sustainability & Merchandising Innovation at
  • Erin Cooke, Sustainability Manager for the City of Cupertino and Co-Chair of Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Public Sector Climate Task Force.
  • Steve Schein, Partner, Sustainable Leadership Consultants
  • Wood Turner, VP, Agricultural Capital Management
  • Deb Nelson, VP of Client and Community Engagement, RSF
  • Melanie Nutter, Principal, Nutter Consulting
  • Julie Sze, Managing Director, Arabella Advisors
  • Cecily Jones, VP of Corporate Responsibility, Symantec
  • Pamela J Gordan, President & Co-Founder, Technology Forecasters Inc.

Interested in joining the team?

If you’re interested in being a part of the vibrant PGS community as an Expert or Mentor in Residence, contact us here to learn more.

SEATTLE: Change Agents in Residence (CAIRs)

Students on the Seattle campuses of PGS select and invite national and international Change Agents Residence (CAIRs) into the classrooms and Intensives. 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.

If you’re interested in being a part of the vibrant PGS community as a Mentor or Expert in Residence, contact Associate Director of Student/Alumni Affairs and Career Development Dawn Mokuau.


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