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Nancy Gephart

Loan Associate
Capital Impact Partners
MBA/MS Program 2014

Nancy is interested in impact investing and finding market-based solutions to deforestation in developing countries. Prior to joining the Erb Institute, she worked throughout Southeast Asia on an IKEA/European Union/World Wildlife Fund project aimed at creating a more sustainable supply chain for rattan furniture. She led the Chain of Custody project team and, while there, achieved the first ever Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for sustainable rattan products. She has a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Williams College and enjoys traveling, skiing, rowing, and delicious food.

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Jeremy Wood Van Dyke

Chief Financial Officer
The Van Dyke Technology Group
MBA/MS Program 2002

Jed Van Dyke is currently the CFO of a small information technology consulting firm. Jed is interested in integrating sustainability into corporate strategic thinking and planning. He intends to focus on the development of mechanisms that shift sustainable business practice from a perceived burden of responsibility to an economically viable and attractive business solution. Jed spent this past summer with Deloitte Consulting in Chicago, Illinois. His primary projects were development of a five-year strategic plan for a local Chicago non-profit organization seeking to limit the number of killings in Chicago and development of a consolidated cost allocations system design for two merging insurance providers. Jed spent the summer of 2000 with the Calvert Group, a socially responsible investment firm located in Bethesda, Maryland. For Calvert, Jed performed an analysis of the social, environmental, and financial performance of and trends within the biotechnology industry as part of the development and launch of a new technology fund. Prior to the MBA/MS Program, Jed earned a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Michigan with a focus in Anthropology. Upon graduation, Jed worked at the World Foundation for Environment and Development (WFED), a non-profit environmental conflict resolution and consulting firm based in Washington, DC. At WFED Jed worked on the development and implementation of benefits-sharing contracts between private sector research groups and the U.S. Department of Interior (primarily for Yellowstone National Park). Work with Yellowstone included a fourteen-month on-site project during which Jed managed the day-to-day operations of the Yellowstone National Park research program and integrated the benefits-sharing model with the current research system.

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Charlie Schwarze Resume

Global Sustainability Manager
Amcor Rigid Plastics
MBA/MS Program 2014

Charlie has taken full-time position at Amcor Rigid Plastics, serving as the company's Global Sustainability Manager. In this role Charlie drives the company's sustainability strategy comprised of carbon emissions reductions, waste-to-landfill reductions, life cycle analyses, and customer/employee engagement. This demanding role moved Charlie to the Part-Time Ross MBA program and will have him finishing his MBA/MS during 2015. Prior to joining the Erb Institute Charlie earned a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and served for both the U.S. Navy and Royal Australian Air Force as a F-14 and F-18 pilot, accumulating more than 1800 flight hours and over 300 carrier landings. During his service Charlie managed the training and safety programs for two squadrons with annual budgets in excess of $500M while flying around the globe. Charlie was involved heavily in the strategic vision and planning, personnel management, and development of training programs for both his American and Australian fighter aircraft squadrons. Charlie's desire is to make both the planes we fly and the way we fly them more sustainable within his lifetime. In his free time Charlie enjoys recreational flying, rooting for any UM team, water sports, camping, and spending time with family.

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