Faculty

Our Faculty

Pinchot University attracts the leading-edge minds in sustainable business. Our teaching team includes distinguished business school faculty and business innovators from around the world. Grounded by decades of expertise in their respective fields, they share your passion for advancing business through environmental and social responsibility.

Faculty members design their classes to encourage active engagement with learning content, creating interactive dialogue. This approach stimulates critical thinking, analysis and application of theory to complex organizations.

Faculty Directory

April Atwood

APRIL ATWOOD, PhD

Marketing

PhD, The Ohio State University

April is on the marketing & sustainable business faculty at the Albers School of Business & Economics at Seattle University, where she has helped to design the school’s sustainable business offerings.  She also serves on the Solid Waste Advisory Committee for King County’s Solid Waste Division.  She has worked as a consultant for the Puget Sound Blood Center, Northwest Kidney Foundation, East Shore Unitarian Church, and King County.  She has served on the Board of Trustees for several nonprofits, including East Shore Unitarian Church, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and Water for Humans.  And she has taught for BGI-Pinchot for over 10 years.
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JILL BAMBURG

Strategy; Marketing

MBA, Stanford University

 Jill is the President of Pinchot University and one of the co-founders of the school. Prior to joining the Pinchot team, she worked in adult education (Antioch University/Seattle), high tech marketing (Aldus Corporation), and community and environmental journalism (High Country News, Jackson Hole News and Guide). She is also the author of Getting to Scale: Growing Your Business without Selling Out (Berrett-Koehler, 2006) and a long-time board member of YES! Magazine.
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TERI BELLAMY

Accounting; Finance

BA, Linfield College

Teri is an experienced finance executive with a broad foundation in small for profit and not for profit organizations. She currently consults clients on growth strategy, cash management and the financial infrastructure. Prior to her role as a consultant Teri worked as a CFO and Financial Director in both the not for profit and for profit sectors.
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ELIZABETH BURKE

Accounting; Finance

MS, Antioch University, Seattle

Upon earning her CPA, Elizabeth embarked on a two-decade career in financial management, in large for profit and not for profit organizations. For the past seven years she taught courses at Antioch University. She consults primarily with small business owners towards developing skills and processes to be self-sufficient.
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STEPHEN CAHILL

Economics

MBA, Pinchot University

Stephen brings to Pinchot University a background in small business management. Stephen leverages technology to enhance and strengthen online content delivery and holds specific content expertise in Economics and Systems Thinking.
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LISA CAPA, PhD

Leadership and Personal Development

PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies

For fifteen years Lisa worked in the computer and information technology industry in roles such as a consultant with Accenture, a product manager at Microsoft and a project manager at the University of Washington Medical Centers. Lisa coaches leaders to help them harness the single most powerful tool with which they can bring about change – their attention.
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MARY KAY CHESS, PhD

Management

Leadership and Personal Development

PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies

Mary Kay serves as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Pinchot University. She also actively engages with developing leaders through teaching in the MBA programs including the two-year course of Leadership and Personal Development. She maintains her 25-year passion and commitment to supporting healthcare improvements through engagements with HHS on rural healthcare collaborative networks. Mary Kay also provides distance learning leadership and personal development training to healthcare executives through learning communities supported by the National Cooperative of Healthcare Networks Association (NCHN).
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TONY D’ONOFRIO

Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems

MBA, Pinchot University

Tony is a Certified Executive Chef, achieving the title in 2003, and works with a number of celebrity chef-owners. In 2008, Tony graduated from Bainbridge Graduate Institute, which fostered a career change. After an internship at Holland America Line in the environmental management department, he moved to Town & Country Markets Inc. where he is now the Sustainability Director. Tony is also a board member of the Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council.
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CASEY DILLOWAY

Finance

MBA, Pinchot University

A Hawaiian native, Casey Dilloway currently resides in Seattle where he serves as the President and COO of Community Sourced Capital. Prior to teaching finance at BGI, Casey was also a teaching fellow for two years teaching Social Entrepreneurship at BGI.
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PATRICK DRUM

Finance

MBA, Seattle University

Patrick joined Saturna Capital in 2014 to lead the firm’s Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) investment research while continuing his fixed income portfolio management role. Patrick was also a member of an institutional and private client advisory group, called the Arbor Group at UBS Financial Services, which specialized in the investment management for global conservation.
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JOHN GARDNER, PhD

Sustainable Food and Agricultural Systems

PhD, University of Nebraska

John is currently, Vice President for Development and CEO of the WSU Foundation.  John has been an entrepreneur, an agricultural researcher, a passionate champion of sustainability, a teacher, a leader of community economic development and a senior academic administrator. Prior to joining the WSU Foundation in July 2014, he was Dean and Provost of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.


Gardner is a native of the Kansas City area and earned degrees in agriculture and agronomy at Kansas State University, and a PhD at the University of Nebraska in plant physiology. Though most of his career has been in the US Great Plains, his graduate work in both institutions was supported by US-AID in the sorghum/millet program INTSORMIL directed at Africa and India. While at the University of Missouri, his international research and development efforts focused on East Asia.
He spent twenty years in Carrington, North Dakota, much of it as Director of the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. His work on the domestication of new crops led to business interests throughout the 1990’s. He was one of the founders and chief executive of AgGrow Oils, a 540 member LLC that integrated the production, processing, and marketing of both novel and designer oilseeds.
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MICHEL GAULTIER

Economics

MBA, University of Paris

Michel is a specialist of early-stage start-up companies, with more than thirty-five years experience in finance, international business development and operation. Michel is the founder and CEO of Proferent, Inc. a Seattle-based software development company, specializing in providing online services to entrepreneurs.
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DENNIS GAWLIK

Operations

MS, The Pennsylvania State University

Dennis brings a decade of experience teaching conventional operations management and a background of work in transportation, logistics and supply chain management. As a transportation provider to Toyota, Dennis adopted the Toyota Way long before it became an industry-guiding model.
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SIMON GOLAND

Leadership and Personal Development

MA, Royal Roads University

Simon has been deeply and passionately engaged with the areas of personal and professional coaching, unleashing creativity and innovation, leadership development, and organizational learning strategies, since 1997. He is currently writing his PhD dissertation in Applied Eco-Psychology. Simon was also featured in Jaime Kowal’s book “Waking Up the West Coast: Healers and Visionaries.”
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STEVE HILL

Management

MBA, University of California, Los Angeles

Steve has led large private and public organizations. His expertise is in human resource management, organizational systems and change, leadership development, and reward systems. For over 30 years Steve has been a leader in health policy, working to improve quality, outcomes, and costs.
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ARIC HO

Social Justice and Business

MBA, Pinchot University

Aric has intentionally shaped his career to gain experience in several industries including: Healthcare, IT, emergency services, and bartending, to name a few. Now he uses his diverse perspectives to foster trust and innovation, creating a world where people, organizations, and the planet can thrive and live in abundance.
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SCOTT JAMES

Marketing

MBA, University of Notre Dame

Scott James was nominated by Business Week as one of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” and profiled by Forbes as a “Game Changer”. Scott is currently the CEO of Trash Backwards, a mobile app company helping citizens and businesses lower their trash and recycling-related costs through sustainability.
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UDAIYAN JATAR

Marketing

MBA, Symbiosis Institute of Business

Management

With over 20 years of experience creating, launching and promoting new products globally, Udaiyan brings an expertise in global branding and innovation to Pinchot University. Udaiyan has worked in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble and as Vice President for Global Innovation at Coca-Cola.
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JIMMY JIA

Sustainable Energy Solutions

MBA, University of Oxford

Jimmy Jia, LEED® Green Associate, is a co-founder and CEO of Distributed Energy Management where he is developing the technology and business strategy to lower operating expenses of commercial building by applying business intelligence to energy data. His interest lies in the intersection of energy information, consumption behavior and decision making of operations.
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TONI ANTOINETTE JOHNS, PhD

Leadership and Personal Development

PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies

Taj learned her practical knowledge of community leadership and the public sector while working for the City of Berkeley as a mental health clinician, liaison and trainer for the police department. She brings this expertise in organizational systems to all of her courses, enabling students to make more effective management decisions.
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JOHN KORIATH, PhD

Leadership and Personal Development

PhD, Arizona State University

John Koriath currently serves Executive Networks as Network Director for the Chief Learning Officer Network (CLON) and as Community Technologist, working to fuse the high tech and high touch of member learning and networking. He is also on the faculty of BGI at Pinchot University in Seattle, Washington. He teaches Leadership and Personal Development, guiding students pursuing an MBA in sustainable business on a two-year journey to develop and own their personal power, potential, and authenticity.

As President of Full Circle Learning, John designs and conducts consulting and coaching to assist individuals and organizations leading the shift to positive change in 21st century living. He is co-author of Executive Coaching for Results and is currently authoring Dancing with Disruptors: Owning your power in personal and professional life.

Previously, John spent a decade serving Fortune 500 clients in the field of executive leadership development, working in a variety of leadership positions with Executive Development Associates, Executive Networks, and Pinchot and Company.

John also served on the faculty of Arizona State University for 10 years where he taught a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology. His research endeavors, conducted in part as the Flinn Foundation Fellow for Cardiovascular Research, investigated topics as diverse as neurophysiological communication between the heart and brain, the psychological characteristics of survivors of life-threatening illness, and the impact of betrayal on the experience of self.

John spent two decades conducting retreat-based workshops using experiential learning to improve health, catalyze personal growth, and enhance spiritual awareness. He is a co-founder of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit organization with programs that integrate principles of the mind and body with the teachings of Native American rituals and ceremonies. John is a student and instructor in the martial art of Aikido with over 25 years of practice. He holds the black belt rank of nidan, leads a small dojo on Vashon Island, and employs Aikido principles throughout his endeavors.

Natasha Lamb

NATASHA LAMB

Finance

MBA, Pinchot University

Natasha Lamb is the Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement and a Portfolio Manager at Arjuna Capital, the sustainable wealth management platform of Baldwin Brothers Inc. Specializing in the integration of sustainability and shareholder value creation, Natasha deepens Arjuna Capital’s investments by incorporating environmental, social and governance risk and opportunity.

 

Jeff Leinaweaver

JEFF LEINAWEAVER, PhD

Management

PhD, Fielding Graduate University

Jeff is a storyteller, eco-psychologist, and cross-cultural change practitioner within the fields of strategic global sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), organizational development, global HR and Social Permaculture Design. Jeff is founder and principal of Global Zen Sustainability, a strategic sustainability consultancy.
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BILL LEMON

Finance

MS, Stanford University

Bill has over 20 years in the energy industry starting with Pacific Gas and Electric where he was a lead contributor to the financial evaluation of the full spectrum of electric generation technologies. Currently, he is a Senior Vice-President of Investment Banking for Source Capital Group and Co-Chairman of Element 8 Angels, a non-profit investor group in the clean tech and sustainability space.
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MICHAEL “Luni” LIBES

Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship

MS, University of Washington

Luni is a 20+ year serial entrepreneur, founder/co-founder of five companies.  His latest startup is Fledge, the conscious company accelerator, and latest project there is Kick, a global pre-accelerator program.  Luni has published six books in The Next Step series, guiding entrepreneurs from idea to startup.  In addition, Luni is Entrepreneur in Residence and Entrepreneurship Instructor at Pinchot, and an Entrepreneur in Residence Emeritus at the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization.
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N. BERT LOOSMORE, PhD

Business Modeling and Decision Analysis

PhD, University of Washington

Bert recently completed his Ph.D. in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program at the University of Washington. His dissertation focused on how mathematical and statistical models can be used to understand ecological data. Previously he was a founder and chief technical officer of ID Systems, an RFID company focused on high value assets.
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GREGORY LOTAKIS

Sustainable Building Development

MBA, Pinchot University

Greg is a LEED, Green Associate and was the co-founder of a sustainable development company with two of his BGI classmates upon completion of his MBA at BGI. Their work led to consulting roles on the Grow Community Bainbridge project. Currently, Greg is a Project Manager and Sustainability Integrator for Asani Developments on Bainbridge Island.

 

Hunter Lovins

L. HUNTER LOVINS, JD

Sustainable Business

JD, Loyola University

L. Hunter Lovins is President of Natural Capitalism Solutions, based in Longmont, Colorado. She is Chief Insurgent of the Madrone Project with offices in Berkeley CA, and consults for scores of industries and governments worldwide, including large and small companies. Named Millennium TIME Magazine Hero of the Planet in 2000, Newsweek Magazine called her the “Green Business Icon.”
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GIFFORD PINCHOT III

Social Entrepreneurship

Creativity & Innovation

AB, Harvard University

Gifford believes entrepreneurship releases energy in the direction of deep personal values. Similarly, intrapreneurship is a tool for releasing the creativity, values and entrepreneurial spirit of people who work in large corporations. Gifford has taught intrapreneuring and sustainability at Yale, Harvard, MIT and over 20 other major universities.
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JAMES PITTMAN

Systems Thinking

MS, University of Edinburgh

James has nearly 20 years of success working with industry, local to national governmental agencies and non-profit clients on sustainability initiatives.  His work uses applied ecological economics and a system dynamics approach for innovations in strategic management, ecosystem service valuation, triple bottom line sustainability assessment and stakeholder engagement.

James teaches in ecological design and sustainability programs at the Ecosa Institute and at Prescott College, where he also currently serves as Director of Sustainability.

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BEN RANKIN

Systems Thinking

MBA, University of Washington

Ben is the CEO of Power & Waste LLC, an energy recovery and materials recycling company based in Seattle. He has over 20 years of experience managing industrial recycling and real estate development projects.

 

 

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DANIEL RASMUS

Digital Influence

Strategy for Sustainability

Daniel, author of Listening to the Future, is a strategist and industry analyst who helps students put their future in context. Rasmus uses scenarios to analyze trends in society, technology, economics, the environment, and politics in order to discover implications used to develop and refine products, services and experiences.
Lorinda Rowledge

LORINDA ROWLEDGE, PhD

Action Learning Practicum in Organizational Leadership

PhD, University of Oregon

For over 20 years, Lorinda has partnered with executives of leading companies to create preeminent, sustainable enterprises – building the vision, strategy, leadership competencies, world-class management systems and implementation actions to achieve performance breakthroughs. Lorinda guides both global leaders and companies in leveraging sustainability/CSR as a key platform for innovation and for optimizing business.
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ADAM SEITCHIK, PhD

Finance

PhD, Boston University

A thought leader in sustainable investing, Adam was the co-CEO and CIO of responsible investment specialist Trillium Asset Management and is the founder of the Sustainable Investment Research Center. Adam served as the Chief Global Strategist at Deutsche Asset Management in London, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
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NINA SERPIELLO, PhD

Creativity and Innovation

PhD, Saybrook University

Nina specializes in design research to reveal values, motivations, and relationship dynamics. Nina has worked with visionaries at NeXT Computer, Oracle, and IDEO, and was an art therapist at Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Presently, she teaches Creativity & Innovation at Bainbridge Graduate Institute in Seattle, WA and consults for companies to boost the innovation potential of their teams. Nina holds a PhD in Organizational Systems Transformation from Saybrook University, an MFT in Art Therapy from Notre Dame University, and a BS in Graphic Design from San Jose State University.
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STEPH SHARMA

Strategy

Global MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Steph, Managing Director of Lead The Difference, provides strategic consulting to senior leaders to support organization-specific adaptability and leadership readiness through a whole human shift in strategy. She has spent her career in global management consulting in partnership with executives from corporations and not-for-profits in all industries, spanning multiple regions.
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KEVIN WILHELM

Sustainable Business

MBA, University of Denver

Kevin has nearly a decade of consulting experience with both Fortune 500 companies and smaller Seattle-based businesses. As the CEO of Seattle-based Sustainable Business Consulting, Kevin helps companies increase their profitability through enhanced social, environmental and climate practices. Kevin is also chair of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainability and Clean Energy Commission.
Marsha Willard

MARSHA WILLARD, PhD

Management; Marketing

PhD, University of Southern California

Marsha maintains her 25 year old sustainability consulting practice doing business under the name AXIS Performance Advisors. Her practice focuses on the strategic tools that help organizations plan, implement and report sustainable practices. She is also founder, former Executive Director and now board member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. She has co-authored several books including the award winning Business Guide to Sustainability now in its third edition.

 

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