- Jeff Wiggin
- Joyce LaValle
- Joanne Ellis
- Alex Lamb
- April Atwood, Ph.D.
- Ann Brudno
- Karin Borgerson
- Mona Das
- Christina Hulet
- John A. Eisenhauer
- Michael Free Ph.D.
- Jerry Gorde
- Chuck House
- Frederick A. Miller
- Craig Nakagawa, C.F.A.
- Will Poole
- Sabrina Watkins
- Gifford Pinchot III
- Libba Pinchot
- Sherman Severin
- Dal LaMagna
Jeff Wiggin is presently Vice President for IT Development for T-Mobile, and a graduate of BGI (Cohort 6, June 2010). After completing his BS degree from the University of Washington, Jeff served in the US Navy as an Officer in the engineering duty program, where he led new construction and overhaul projects on nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. After completing his military service, Jeff worked for Andersen Consulting and Deloitte Consulting, specializing in business transformation programs in the retail, consumer products, technology, and energy industries. His clients included Nestle, REI, Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing, The Seattle Times, Philips Medical Systems, Puget Sound Energy, Hewlett Packard, Pacific Bell, PacifiCorp, and Southern California Edison.
In 2001, Jeff transitioned from management consulting to IT management and held senior positions at JDSU, The Home Depot and Chico’s FAS prior to his position with T-Mobile.
Jeff lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his wife Alicia and their five children.Back to top
A veteran in the commercial-interiors industry and influential advocate for environmental sustainability, Joyce retired recently from Interface, Inc., as both Senior Vice President of Marketing and Senior Vice President of Customer & Associate Engagement.
Joyce was educated in England and the U.S., including completing the Keenan Flagler Advanced Management Program. Joyce is a past Board member of FIDER (Federation for Interior Design Education and Research) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and she served on the Visitors Board for the Interior Design Program at Virginia Tech. She is a founding member and current board member of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future. She currently serves on the Board of Advisor’s for IceStone, LLC and volunteers on the Capital Action Team for AARP.
Joyce is the 2008 recipient of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF) Businesswomen’s Sustainability Leadership Award, and was named as one of the “most innovative minds in Atlanta” by Inspiring Futures in 2008. In 2007, she was honored by the New York chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with an inaugural “LEEDer” Award in recognition of her “extraordinary dedication and service to the cause of green building and work in furthering the chapter’s mission of transforming the metropolitan New York marketplace.”
Joyce is passionate about sustainability education and maximizing people’s talents. Joyce’s passion led her to create a series of events and seminars for design professionals that use personal development as a means for leadership development. Joyce is a frequent speaker on stakeholder engagement, sustainability, design and people development.Back to top
Joanne Ellis, a graduate of the University of Oregon, has a lifetime of experience in arts administration, civic organizations, nonprofits, schools, and community outreach, most recently as the longtime managing director of Bainbridge Performing Arts, whose mission is to educate, entertain, and encourage youth and adults in the performing arts of theatre, music, and dance. Through decades of work in arts administration, in both the United States and Canada, Joanne is very skilled at accomplishing the delicate balance between the disparate entities of the business elements of an arts organization and its artistic personalities to facilitate creative problem solving.
As past president of the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, which has served the community for over 60 years, Joanne has also chaired the annual Rotary rummage sale and auction, managing over a thousand volunteers in the region’s largest recycling event. As a passionate environmentalist, she is appalled that, although this event finds new homes for literally tons of merchandise and raises close to $400,000 annually, it still generates close to 60 tons of garbage. Joanne is also a volunteer in local schools, nonprofits, and civic organizations seeking how these different groups intersect and the ways they can balance each other to improve the community as a whole.Back to top
Alex is a Senior Consultant in Ernst & Young LLP’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice. Previously, he was a Vice President for North America at Trucost Plc where he worked with corporate and investor clients to understand the true environmental and social cost of business, in order to use resources more efficiently, across operations, supply chains and investment portfolios. Prior to joining Trucost, Alex was a Corporate Sustainability Analyst and Manager at KLD Research & Analytics, where he managed KLD’s role as lead partner in Newsweek’s Inaugural Green Rankings. In 2009, Alex co-founded the Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium (BASIC), today a 300+ member network of New England sustainable investment professionals.
Alex holds a BA from Hampshire College and a MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Alex and his wife Natasha (also a graduate of BGI) live in Manchester, Massachusetts with their son James.Back to top
April Atwood, Ph.D.
Trustee, Faculty Representative
Dr. April Atwood has been a professor of marketing for over two decades. She held a faculty position at the University of Washington for 27 years and has been a member of the Seattle University faculty for two. April has taught all levels of marketing courses but most enjoys those that treat marketing as a social process of exchange management, rather than as a mechanism by which firms sell more stuff to more people. Her published research has been at the intersection of cognitive psychology and marketing communications.
April has worked in a consulting capacity with a variety of organizations, including Seattle Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, the King County Solid Waste Division, and East Shore Unitarian Church. She worked for years on an NIH grant with the Puget Sound Blood Center, focusing on issues around understanding donor segments and their various motivations.
April has been teaching at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute since 2003 beginning with Cohort 2. In doing so, she has enjoyed watching the institution ‘grow up.’ She holds a B.S.B.A. in Marketing and Statistics, M.A. in Business, and Ph.D. in Marketing and Quantitative Psychology, all from the Ohio State University.
April currently lives in Sammamish, WA, with her husband Carl and their three children. The experience of raising two children with hearing impairments attuned April to issues related to diversity, justice, and education of those with special needs, and has greatly enriched her personal and professional life.Back to top
Ann Brudno has 30 years experience running a hands-on green design/build company, many years of university teaching environmental design in architecture and construction. She is Director of Design for ecoFAB LLC, Seattle, Washington and Principal of Routh & Company Sustainable Architecture & Interior Design, Austin, Texas. Both companies are progressive, enthusiastic teams of professionals in architecture, engineering, and science with a passion for sustainable development with the guiding principles of respect for community, sharing of knowledge, collective change, and advancing social and environmental justice.
Ann believes in building, nurturing, sustaining, and enhancing communities; enabling healthy, vital climates for creation of unexpected possibilities/solutions to complex problems. She brings to the BGI Board enthusiasm and skills in academic development, academic/civic boards, fundraising, relationship building across all boundaries, and in nurturing scholastic and enterprise transformations.Back to top
Karin Borgerson holds an MBA from BGI (Cohort 3). She is a technical project manager, most recently at OPOWER, an energy efficiency software company that helps utilities meet their efficiency goals through effective customer engagement. Previously, Karin was a Senior Associate in the climate and energy program at World Resources Institute (WRI), a leading environmental think tank. Before joining WRI, Karin was the program director for climate and business development at an NGO focusing on consumption and institutional purchasing issues.
In addition to serving on BGI’s board, Karin has been an instructor in the school’s course on Research and Quantitative Methods and a teaching assistant in courses on Finance, Accounting, and the Triple Bottom Line. As a student, Karin helped found BGI’s chapter of Net Impact, the international association of business students and professionals dedicated to socially responsible business. Karin holds a B.A. in Biology and Anthropology (Phi Beta Kappa) from Oberlin College in addition to her MBA from BGI.
Karin lives a delightfully car-free life on Bainbridge Island with her three rambunctious cats.Back to top
Trustee, Student Representative
Mona Das was born in India and moved to the United States when she was 8 months old. Her outgoing personality was forged during the many family moves for her father’s career. Ms. Das graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Psychology. After graduation she quickly found her calling as a Sales Professional. She spent 8 years as a Sales Executive for a variety of software companies in Portland OR, as well as Dublin Ireland. For the past seven years she has been working as a Mortgage Broker, which combines her passion for people and customer service.
Mona has served on the Budget Committee for The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, as well as been a Board member for DinnerGrrls, a professional social networking organization. She has volunteered for the Friends of Trees, SOLV, and The Oregon Symphony. Currently, she is attending Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) pursing an MBA in Sustainable Business. She has been very involved in a number of roles at BGI, she is a co-chair for the Diversity and Social Justice committee, where she has participated on both the scholarship and recruitment committees, she has also served on the dean search committee, and facilitates the BGI information sessions in Portland. In her free time she likes to travel, hike, and hang out with her 2 dogs and friends.Back to top
Christina Hulet is heavily involved in community service, working with the Center for Women and Democracy, Leadership Tomorrow and Seattle’s Next Fifty Project. Christina has ten years of experience in the health care industry; from 2005 to 2009, she served Governor Christine Gregoire as her Executive Policy Advisor on health care issues. In that role, she was responsible for developing policy, working with legislators and stakeholders, and coordinating implementation with state agencies.
Christina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University and lives in Seattle with her husband.Back to top
John A. Eisenhauer
John has more than twenty years of experience in software development and business management. He founded Mercury Online Solutions, Inc. in 1996 and was its President until acquired by 3M Corporation in August of 2005. MOS was recognized twice by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in Washington State (13th in 2002 and number 1 in 2004). The company also ranked 46th on the Inc. 500 list nationally in 2003.
A hopeless and chronic entrepreneur, John has already started and invested in several businesses since the acquisition: Great Catch Management, Bainbridge Travel, Local Escapes and most recently, Kombi – a Seattle-based company focused on Adaptive Point of Service software. John’s success has opened the door for many opportunities to give back locally, regionally, and globally with an emphasis on education, youth, housing, hunger and the arts.
John’s personal honors include being named the Bainbridge Island School Trust’s “Man of the Year” in 2004 and the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce “Business Person of the Year” in 2005. In addition to chairing BGI’s Board, John serves as a Trustee of Rocky Mountain College.
John received a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana in 1980 and currently lives on Bainbridge Island, WA.Back to top
Michael Free Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Free, a citizen of Great Britain, has spent the past four decades in the service of creating and introducing appropriate and affordable technologies that address the health care needs of resource-poor populations in developing countries.
Starting in 1977, Michael helped to build a new nonprofit organization, now known as PATH, committed to building partnerships with the private for-profit sector to solve special health care needs in the developing world. Michael holds the position of Vice President and senior advisor for technologies at PATH. He is the global program leader for Technology Solutions, the leadership role in PATH health technology programs, which includes assessment of need, technology development and transfer, global introduction, development of international standards, program planning and management, and policy development.
Michael has overseen the development of specialized engineering and biotechnology facilities, human resources networks and strategies that have led to the advancement and wide-scale use of more than 30 technologies and 40 additional products that address problems of health care in low-infrastructure and underserved communities around the world. He is also the leader of the Technologies for Health (HealthTech) project, a 24-year-old United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded, multi-million dollar program to develop appropriate health technologies to improve maternal and child health.
Michael holds four patents and among his extensive publications in research, technology, family planning, and health issues are 15 invited book chapters and symposium reviews.
Michael served three years in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and four years in the reserve. He holds a B.S. (graduating with honors) degree in Physiology from University of Nottingham in England, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physiology from the Ohio State University.Back to top
Jerry Gorde is a lifetime advocate for an economically just society, based on business operating principles that support the distribution of ownership broadly among all stakeholders.
After leaving the anti-war movement, Jerry founded VATEX America, a 35 year-old manufacturing and marketing company in the heart of one of Richmond, Virginia’s most socially and economically challenged urban enterprise zones. VATEX is a four-time INC 500 company with annual revenues of $7 million.
His business theory is quite simple: “If democracy is the most potent form of human organization and capitalism is the most potent form of economic organization, then, if properly and carefully combined, the greatest results should be possible in both human and economic terms.”
Jerry is a member of the Social Venture Network, BALLE, and was the first Entrepreneur in Residence at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He is the author of “Plan 120,” the architectural center of BGI’s first comprehensive strategic business plan and is proudly serving his second term as a Trustee of BGI. He was honored as Virginia’s Entrepreneur of the year and was named the 2001 Red Cross Philanthropist of the Year for the Mid Atlantic Region for his work following 9/11.
Jerry and his wife Barbara, live in Richmond, Virginia with their horses, dogs, cats, birds and a large host of feral friends.Back to top
Chuck House is presently the Executive Director of Media X, Stanford University’s cross-departmental center charged with providing new insights on the relationship between people and technology, how technology affects people’s lives, and how to better design products and services to make them more usable.
After spending nearly three decades in top engineering management positions with Hewlett-Packard, Chuck worked as Director of Intel Corporation’s Virtual Collaboratory, Executive VP of R&D at Dialogic, President of Spectron Microsystems, General Manager at Veritas Software and VP of Engineering for Informix Software.
Chuck’s many professional accolades include Engineer of the Year, Smithsonian Wizard of Computing, Top 50 Inventions of 20th Century as well as the CNN Top 25 Inventions of the Past 25 years. He holds HP’s only Medal of Defiance, awarded by David Packard for “extraordinary contempt and defiance beyond the normal call of engineering duty”. Chuck co-authored with Raymond Price, The HP Phenomenon: Innovation and Business Transformation, published in 2010.
Chuck holds an MBA from the University of California, San Diego, an M.A. in History from the University of Colorado, an M.S.E.E. from Stanford University and a B.S. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. He and his wife Jenny live in Palo Alto, California.Back to top
Frederick A. Miller
Cited as a forerunner of corporate change in The Age of Heretics, Frederick A. Miller serves as CEO of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. (one of Consulting magazine’s Seven Small Jewels in 2010). With more than 30 years in organization development and transformation, he specializes in using Inclusion as the HOWSM—a foundational transformation mindset he co-created with Judith H. Katz—to accelerate results and achieve higher operational performance in Fortune 100 companies and other organizations. He co-authored (with Judith H. Katz) Be BIG: Step Up, Step Out, Be Bold and The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity. He has served on the boards of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Day & Zimmermann, and many other organizations. Fred has received many honors during his career: in 2007, for instance, Profiles in Diversity Journal named him one of 40 Pioneers of Diversity, and he became the youngest person ever to win the OD Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006, the Business Review honored him as its Small Business Person of the Year.Back to top
Craig Nakagawa, C.F.A.
Craig Nakagawa is the Director of Partnership Development at Global Good, an invention fund sponsored by Bill Gates and managed by Intellectual Ventures. He has over 20 years of experience in global health and economic and infrastructure development in developing countries. He began his career at Lehman Brothers in the pharmaceuticals sector. In 1999, Craig joined Teledesic, a global telecoms ventures started by Craig McCaw. While at Teledesic, he co founded VillageReach, a social enterprise bringing essential health and infracture services to the poor in developing countries. Craig has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife Sunia Ben-Abdallah and son Sufian Ben-Abdallah Nakagawa.Back to top
Will Poole is a Social Technologist, focused on improving ecosystems that bring social and economic opportunity to low-income populations. He is co-founder of Unitus Seed Fund, an impact investment fund based in Bangalore and Seattle that aims to provide opportunities for economic self-reliance, education, and obtaining basic necessities to millions of people living at the base of the economic pyramid. Will serves as Chairman of NComputing, a leader in low-cost, low-energy computing; he is the Co-Chair of Pengala Learning, a software and content innovator whose mission is to change the way India learns; he co-founded Volt Boats, bringing green power to personal watercraft. He leads Social Venture Partners Seattle’s initiatives around social entrepreneurism, serves on the investment committee of the W-Fund, and serves on the board of Village Reach and Global Washington. Will advises Western Governors University and Brown University on technology and is a Trustee of Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Will was previously a corporate vice president at Microsoft where he led several businesses, including Windows. His career started by founding two startups at the dawn of the PC era, working in the early days at Sun Microsystems, and pioneering e-commerce at eShop which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996. He received a degree in Computer Science from Brown University in 1983.Back to top
Sabrina Watkins serves as global corporate Head of Sustainable Development for ConocoPhillips, with responsibility for corporate policies, positions and implementation strategies related to sustainable development.
Watkins began her career in upstream production and drilling engineering in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, in New Orleans, Louisiana. During her 30 years in the industry, she has held management roles in asset development, production, procurement, drilling, health, safety, and environment in Lafayette, Louisiana, Houston and Corpus Christi, Texas. Since 2001, she has led work on early-stage innovation, emerging technologies, and has directed global upstream technology strategy. She managed global corporate environmental technology from 2006-2008, worked directly on carbon capture and storage policy development, and assumed her current role in 2009.
Watkins serves on the executive committee of the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development, and served as chairman from 2007-2009. She served on the board of Houston Wilderness from 2009-2010, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She does ongoing community volunteer work in leadership training and non-profit board strategy development. In 2012, she was named to the Industrial Safety and Health News “Power 101” list of influential leaders who have the ability to facilitate international collaboration and cooperation toward innovative
solutions to environmental and sustainability challenges.
Watkins earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University in 1981and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute in June 2007. Sabrina lives in Houston with her husband, Jim Watson and a small green Quaker parrot.Back to top
Gifford Pinchot III
Co-Founder, Trustee (ex-officio)
Gifford Pinchot III is President of BGI and a well-known author, speaker, and consultant specializing in new venture creation and innovation management within large organizations. He has helped launch over 700 business units within corporations, several of which are doing over a billion dollars in sales. He is also a partner in a successful angel capital firm, Alacrity Ventures.
Gifford has published three books. The first, in 1985, Intrapreneuring: Why You Don’t Have to Leave the Corporation to Become an Entrepreneur, was an international business bestseller that introduced the concept of creating innovation within existing organizations. ‘Intrapreneur’, the term he coined with its publication, has since been added to the Random House Dictionary. The second book, The Intelligent Organization, written with Libba Pinchot, expanded the vision to include a revolutionary way of organizing work to increase intrapreneurship and promote democratic participation.
Since 1983, Gifford has led Pinchot & Co., a firm that assists companies in new business ventures and in implementing sustainable practices. Its client list includes half of the Fortune 100 and numerous government and non-profit organizations. In 2008, Executive Excellence Publishing listed Gifford as number 32 in their Excellence 100–the top 100 leadership consultants. That same year he was awarded a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from the University of Puget Sound. In March 2009, Gifford was awarded the Olympus Lifetime of Education Innovation Award.
Gifford graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1965 with an A.B. degree in Economics. He then completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology at Johns Hopkins University. Gifford and his wife Libba live in Seattle with their daughter Marianna.Back to top
Trustee Emeritus, Co-Founder
Libba Pinchot has taught leadership development and intrapreneurship to senior executives in Fortune 100 companies for the last twenty years, as co-founder and President of Pinchot & Co. She also has advised the executive directors and senior staff of numerous nonprofit organizations. Libba co-authored The Intelligent Organization with her husband Gifford and has chaired the boards of a model progressive school and a start-up environmental education facility. She was a staff clinician in an outpatient setting, delivering psychological services to individuals, groups and families. Libba was senior curriculum developer for the first computer-assisted education project at Stanford University, a joint venture of IBM and Stanford University.
Libba received a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Oregon, a second Master’s degree in Family and Organizational Systems from Goddard College, and a BA in philosophy from Stanford University. She hopes to finish her PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University by 2014, contributing a collaborative learning history of the development of BGI’s academic program. Libba lives in Seattle with her husband Gifford and daughter Marianna.Back to top
Board Chairman Emeritus, Co-Founder
Sherman Severin co-founded the Bainbridge Graduate Institute along with Gifford and Libba Pinchot in 2002. He served as an Executive in Residence in 2005 and taught leadership informally, which to him is as natural as breathing. Sherman co-founded and served as chairman of Marylhurst University’s Graduate Department of Management. He is the author of In the Twinkle of an Eye: Corporate Extinction & Rebirth, a book about personal and corporate rebirth during downsizing.
Sherman has been a national keynote speaker on corporate change, management, generational work issues, and sustaining innovation in large corporations. As a principle management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, he specialized in creating alternative scenarios in business strategies and implementations.
Sherman’s extensive business and entrepreneurial history includes: Co-Founder and former acting VP of Business Development, CTO at a national retail energy transaction exchange information clearinghouse, and President and CEO of United Epitaxial Technologies, an engineered materials company.Back to top
Dal LaMagna is the inspiration for BGI’s Dal LaMagna Responsible Capitalism Series of courses. In 1980, Dal founded TWEEZERMAN Corporation in Port Washington, New York. Over the next 24 years he built it into a premier multi-national brand that practiced responsible capitalism. He sold the company in December 2004 to the J.A. Henckels Company, which continues Dal’s tradition of corporate social responsibility. In 2010, he published Raising Eyebrows: A Failed Entrepreneur Finally Gets It Right.
Dal is the Founder of the Progressive Government Institute, a non-partisan, educational organization dedicated to ensuring transparency and accountability in the Executive Branch of the federal government, and is a partner in the Huffington Post. He has run for U.S. Congress twice, in 1996 and 2000, both times in New York’s 3rd Congressional District. In 2006, he chaired the successful re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. In 2008, he was a candidate for President of the United States.
Dal is also Executive Producer of four movies on the Iraq War: The War Tapes, The Ground Truth, Iraq For Sale, and Meeting Resistance. His latest film, War Child, was released in 2008.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Social Venture Network, where he co-directed the Corporate Social Responsibility Standards Project. Dal currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic International Studies and as a director of Ice Stone LLC, Tweezerman Corporation, Margaret O’Leary Inc., and EZTakes.com.
Dal holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPA from the JFK School of Government at Harvard. He earned his B.A. from Providence College in Rhode Island.Back to top