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Kogod Convenes Leading Executives in Sustainability to Form the Kogod Sustainability Advisory Council

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To continue to advance its leading role of training future leaders in sustainability management, the Kogod School of Business has formed an advisory committee of more than two dozen prominent business, non-profit, and union leaders with accomplished track records in sustainability. The advisory council includes 10 CEOs and founders; leaders who run or have run sustainability programs for major corporations, experts in climate risk, supply chain management, human rights, governance and stakeholder engagement, and sustainable investment. The Advisory Council members will share their expertise and provide counsel to guide the Kogod School of Business as it further strengthens its sustainability education programs.

Sustainability is one of the fastest growing fields in business. The Financial Times recently highlighted how leading companies are having a hard time finding enough qualified applicants.”

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David Marchick

Dean, Kogod School of Business

“We are fortunate to benefit from the advice of the members of Kogod’s sustainability advisory council to help prepare our students for successful careers in the field,” said Kogod School of Business Dean David Marchick.

The council will meet bi-annually to discuss the newest and best practices in sustainability in business to ensure that Kogod is providing the best experience for its students. Additionally, the group will help elevate Kogod’s position in the sustainability space and increase the network of career and experiential learning opportunities available for students, both during their time at Kogod and once they are alumni

Kogod’s MS in Sustainability Management program (MSSM) is one of the largest and fastest-growing programs at Kogod, and one of the few sustainability-related graduate degree programs anchored in a business school in the United States. To meet the needs of students and growing enrollment, the program has been revamped for 2023, and will now offer an online modality, in addition to increasing faculty expertise and a new curriculum. As a top-10 green business school at the nexus of public policy, business, and society, Kogod is often a top choice for students seeking a degree in sustainability management. Kogod kicks off this week its Gamechangers in Sustainability Speaker Series, in partnership with the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics, where eight highly successful CEOs and founders will share insights on how their businesses are creating a more sustainable world.  

The Kogod Sustainability Council Members:

Mike Abramowitz, President of Freedom House; former national editor and White House Correspondent for the Washington Post   

Marnie Abramson, Principal and Founder, Lightility  

Mimi Alemayehou, Senior Vice President, Mastercard

Afsaneh Beschloss, Founder and CEO, Rock Creek Advisors

Ron Bloom, Vice Chairman of Brookfield Asset Management

Roxanne Brown, International Vice President, United Steelworkers Union

George Coelho, Co-Founder and Partner, Astanor

Leslie Dach, former EVP, Wal-Mart; former President Edelman; board of directors, Sunrun, Environmental Defense Fund.  

Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen, Vice President for Development Policy, US International Development Finance Corporation

John Delaney, CEO and Executive Chairman of Forbright Bank

Stacy Feinman, Co-Founder, The Tropical Agency  

Dan Feldman, Chairman of ESG practice, Covington & Burling

Seth Goldman, Co-founder and CEO of Eat the Change, Co-founder of Honest Tea, Chair of the Board, Beyond Meat  

Una Hrnjak, Head of Sustainability Strategy and Programs, Starbucks 

Brian Keane, Founder and President of SmartPower

Demetrios Marantis, Managing Director and Head of Global Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase  

Ben Meng, Chairman, Franklin Templeton

Marcene Mitchell, Senior Vice President, Climate Change, World Wildlife Fund

Emmanuelle Palikuca, Managing Director and head of Sustainability at Alliance Advisors  

Daniel B. Poneman, President and CEO, Centrus Energy Corporation

Jackie Roberts, former Chief Sustainability Officer at the Carlyle Group; board of directors of Alcoa  

Elizabeth Seeger, Board Member, International Sustainability Standards Board, IFRS Foundation 

Larry Selzer, CEO, Conservation Fund

Jonathan Silver, Chair, Global Climate Council, Apollo Global Management; board of directors, National Grid, Plug Power

Gare Smith, Chairman, Business and Human Rights, Foley Hoag; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department for Human Rights  

Mary Jo Snavely, Manager, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund, and Kogod Sustainability Alumni  

Stacy Swann, CEO, Climate Finance Advisors; board member, investor