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Joanna Crocker

Joanna Crocker, MIA, PhD - Strategic Planner, Development Advisor

Joanna has employed her background in international administration and political economy in the Asia/Pacific region and the United States working with non-profits, businesses, governments, and communities dedicated to improving farming and the environment, conservation related businesses, small business development, and community health. She served as The Nature Conservancy Asia/Pacific Region's first compatible enterprise manager, and Kokua Mau, Hawaii's End-of-Life Care Coalition's director/coordinator leading them to win Harvard's, JFK School, Innovations in American Government Finalist Award. She is particularly interested in structuring and building collaborations that leverage maximum change for underserved populations.

Jeannette Diaz-Laplante

Dr. Jeannette Diaz-Laplante, PhD, MA

Jeannette Diaz-Laplante has a MA in developmental psychology and a PhD in psychology with a specific focus on intergroup relations and community development. She is adjunct faculty at Saybrook Graduate School and the University of Phoenix and has taught the social justice course at Bainbridge Graduate Institute since its inception. She has done extensive teaching, supervision, and curriculum development in the area of community development, research methodology and sustainability. For the past ten years her area of practice has been economic/community development in Haiti. She currently lives in Haiti with her husband, their three year old daughter Tarafina and a rather extended family and friends network. Her current work in Haiti is focused on coffee production and export in the southern part of Haiti ; the development of chicken/egg farms; curriculum reform and educational development in rural Haiti.

Paul Hudnut

Paul Hudnut

Paul Hudnut is Co-Director of the Global Innovation Center for Energy, Environment & Health at Colorado State University and teaches entrepreneurship classes at the College of Business.

His background and interest is in building companies, technology transfer, and intellectual property in the bioscience, energy and information services industries. He is particularly interested in business models which emphasize an entrepreneurial approach to improving the environment and people's health.

Paul is a founder and director of Envirofit International, Ltd., which won a World Clean Energy Award in 2007, was a TechAward laureate in 2005, and was recently recognized by Stanford Social Innovation Review for its innovative approach for commercializing environmentally friendly technologies in the developing world. He also serves as a board member of New Belgium Brewing Co., Inviragen and CaringFamily. Prior to joining CSU in 2003, he was an executive at Heska Corporation, U S WEST Marketing Resources, and PR Pharmaceuticals.

Paul earned his BA from Colorado College and his law degree from the University of Virginia. He completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School in 1991.

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Craig Nakagawa

Craig Nakagawa, MBA

Craig began his career in global health and economic development at the investment bank Lehman Brothers, where he was a member of the firm's global pharmaceuticals practice. From Lehman Brothers in Tokyo, Craig focused primarily on Japanese pharma companies, but also covered drug, food, and nutrition companies throughout Asia. Craig's investment banking experience centered on fundamental company analysis, corporate finance, and derivative finance.

In 1999, Craig joined Teledesic, a global satellite venture started by Craig McCaw and Bill Gates, to bridge the digital divide by enabling broadband communications anywhere in the world. Beyond his daytime duties of strategy and corporate development at Teledesic, Craig helped his colleague Blaise Judja-Sato with his vision of bringing essential health services to the poor in Africa and beyond. By 2000, the vision developed into VillageReach, which Craig joined full time in 2001.

Gifford Pinchot

Gifford Pinchot

Gifford Pinchot is the President and a co-founder of BGI. He devotes most of his time to BGI as a leader, faculty member and fundraiser. Immediately prior to co-founding BGI, Gifford was an author, speaker, and consultant on innovation management. He has also been a software entrepreneur, blacksmith, dairy farmer, inventor, and active in numerous non-profits. Gifford is listed in the top 20 in Executive Excellence Publishing's 100 Best in Leadership Development.

From 1991 to 1998, in addition to his work at Pinchot & Company, Mr. Pinchot served as chairman of Consensus Development, a software firm in the groupware and internet security business. In 1998, Mr. Pinchot became CEO of that company, which he grew internally and through acquisition. He then sold it to a Canadian public company, Certicom, returning 100 to 1 for the original investors.

His best-selling book (published worldwide in 15 languages), Intrapreneuring: Why You Don't Have to Leave the Corporation to Become an Entrepreneur (Harper & Row, 1985), defined the ground rules for an emerging field of enterprise: acting like an entrepreneur as an employee of a larger organization. The word intrapreneur, coined by him to describe the intra-corporate entrepreneur, has been included in the Oxford, American Heritage, and Webster's and many other dictionaries. He is also the co-author of The End of Bureaucracy and the Rise of the Intelligent Organization (Berrett-Koehler, 1994)and Intrapreneuring in Action: A Handbook for Business Innovation (Berrett-Koehler, 1999).

James Poss

James Poss, MBA

Jim Poss is President and CEO of a clean energy startup company and visiting instructor in entrepreneurship at Babson College and MIT. His background and interest is in applications of "mostly-developed" technology to solve environmental problems in the near term with solutions that have both economic and environmental payback.

Jim is the founder of BigBelly Solar, maker of the "BigBelly", the only solar powered trash compactor in the world. The devices reduce collections to garbage/recyclable receptacles by about five times, reducing the costs and pollution associated with today's other collection schemes. The company has been named "Top 50 Sustainability Company" by Inc Magazine, and "Technology Pioneer 2007" by the World Economic Forum and Time magazine. BigBelly Solar was founded in 2003 and currently has over 1,000 machines in dozens of cities in 15 countries. BigBelly Solar intends to use its technologies to prevent vehicle trips in other sectors. Prior to starting BigBelly, Jim worked in the electric vehicle, solar and electronics industries.

In 2000, Jim was a co-founder of a non-profit called "DoGooDates", a social networking / volunteer organization in San Francisco. Volunteers would work in soup kitchens, parks, etc. before meeting at a pub for free drinks. The singles "angle" made voluntarism a hit, with over 3,000 volunteers attending socially meritorious events.

Jim earned his BA from Duke University in Environmental Science and Policy and Geology and his MBA from Babson College. He lives with his wife Becky on Bainbridge Island.

Sarah Prout

Sara Prout, MS

Sara Prout is the attentive mother of three young world-changers, and a lifetime non-profit development professional who finds joy in matching resources with remarkable programs. She researched local and global environmental political concerns and effective community organizations related to sustainable food production and farmland conservation at University of California - Davis (MS Community Development), Universitat Konstanz and Wellesley College (BA Political Science). She has lived and worked towards these ends in the Northeastern US, Western Europe, India, California's Central Valley, and now Washington's Puget Sound. Sara is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Geraldine Rodriguez

Geraldine Rodriguez, MBA

Geraldine is a recent MBA graduate from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Prior to her graduate studies, Geraldine served as Compliance Principal for Seattle-based broker-dealer, Interpacific Investors Services. Geraldine was responsible for the supervision of stock-brokers and back-office employees. She served as liaison among employees, registered representatives, senior management, FINRA and clearing agent. She developed policies and procedures for anti-money laundering as well as business continuity and supervisory control to ensure compliance. Geraldine was responsible for the proper accounting of sales team commissions and payroll.

Geraldine also holds a BA in Business Administration from Seattle University and is fluent in Spanish with working knowledge in French.

Brian Setzler

Brian Setzler, MBA, CPA

Brian Setzler is a Certified Public Accountant and is the founder of TriLibrium, a triple-bottom line public accounting firm located in Portland, Oregon. Brian's specialty is small business consulting, advising both profit and non-profit enterprises. He is a graduate of Washington State University and has an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He is a life long activist and the father of a teenage daughter.

Joshua Siegal

Joshua Siegal, MFA

Joshua Siegal is an interactive media artist, writer, and musician living in Chicago. He received his MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media from Columbia College in 2007, and has since worked on sound and video for theater. He is a contributor to Whitehot Magazine, plays in the local band The Opposition Party, and, in his day life, does I.T. work for the Chicago Public Schools.

Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith, MA

Leslie Smith is the principal of Leslie Smith & Associates an organization and leadership development practice. Leslie’s 15 years consulting experience is in part based upon her 25 years progressively responsible leadership experience within not-for-profit, educational, and governmental environments. Formerly the COO of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute and director of a state wide not for profit in the disability community of Washington State, Leslie is passionate about creating capacity at the individual, organizational and community level through service, innovation and excellence.

A life long learner, Leslie is a certified Hudson Institute executive coach and holds an MA in Executive Leadership and Human System Design. Leslie is currently pursuing her doctorate in organizational systems with a focus on leadership and transformative learning.



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