Joyce LaValle

Joyce LaValle

Member of the Board of Trustees · Bainbridge Graduate Institute · Seattle, WA

I first heard about BGI about 12 years ago when I met Gifford and Libba Pinchot at a Natural Step conference in San Francisco. Ray Anderson, my mentor from Interface, introduced me to the Pinchots and suggested that we would “get along well with each other”. When Libba told me they were dreaming up a sustainable business school, I told her I wanted to go! It seemed extraordinary.

I joined the board of trustees at BGI because I wanted to contribute to a school dedicated to sustainable business. I often spoke with Ray about what it would take to bring the change that business needed, and we both agreed it would be through education. As a trustee at BGI, I get to do more than just contribute on the board. I’m learning from the faculty and students every time I visit the school. I walk into a classroom at a Hybrid Intensive feeling curious, and I leave filled with knowledge and a challenge to do more.

The joy of engaging with BGI is in feeling like I’m in exactly the right place at the right time. It’s incredible to be at a school that isn’t mundane or boring—people can really talk about BGI and feel instantly connected over our mission. It’s a luxury to be here. It’s kind of miraculous.


Joyce retired as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Senior Vice President of Customer & Associate Engagement at Interface, Inc, a company widely recognized as a pioneer in sustainable business under the leadership of the late Ray Anderson. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, a member of the Executive Council for AARP in Washington State and a member of the board of trustees for the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

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