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Jose SolisResume

Associate
Gensler
MBA/MS Program 2014

José is passionate about his hometown, Houston. After graduating from Cornell Architecture in 1998, he returned to Texas to positively impact his city. After a brief stint at a small architecture firm, he spent over 11 years at the large international architecture, design, and planning firm, Gensler. While there, he designed building and interiors projects for clients as diverse as Deloitte, Hilton, USAA, Chevron, and the Blaffer Museum at the University of Houston. In addition to designing buildings that increasingly incorporated sustainable systems and strategies, he also volunteered extensively for community arts and design organizations that worked to shape the city into a more livable urban center. From guest editing a design journal to helping reorganize the public arts agency to helping found an organization that will build an interdisciplinary arts center, he spent nearly as much time in his volunteer career as his professional one. In his free time, José enjoys designing, cooking, traveling throughout Italy, and doing nothing at either his parents' ranch or in Marfa, TX. Upon graduation, he plans on returning home to merge the two halves of his career and continue to shape Houston into a more sustainable city where people enjoy living. José spent his sumer 2012 internship working in New Orleans for Jack and Jake's, a startup company that acts as a wholesale distributor for local farmers, ranchers, fishers, and dairy producers in south Louisiana and provides local customers access to fresh, local foods that they might not otherwise. José spent much of his summer developing both a business plan and a preliminary design for a retail market that would focus on strictly on locally produced fresh and prepared foods.

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Raina Rahbar

Sr Innovation Strategist
Idea Couture
MBA/MS Program 2012

Raina is interested in using marketing and organizational behavior strategies to bridge the gap between conventional capitalistic incentives and environmental and social sustainability. Raina’s academic and professional background in anthropology and marketing has led her to take interest in the symbiotic relationship between branding and individual and collective lifestyle choices. By focusing on the intersection of technology, marketing, media, sustainability and strategy she hopes to devise consumer behavior and organizational advocacy strategies that will elicit permanent lifestyle choices within a cultural brand of sustainability. Raina holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and in her free time enjoys skiing, traveling, reading philosophy, and visiting her nieces and nephew.

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Sabrina Sullivan Resume

MBA/MS Program 2014

Sabrina is a self-professed “salmon”. Native culture believes individuals embody characteristics of animals, and through work with first nations leaders during her undergraduate studies, her animal was discovered. A salmon swims upstream, staying strong in the face of a challenge. As a natural energetic motivator, this animal has a need for purpose, meaning and goals, and has no trouble finding volunteers for its crusades. Sabrina has always followed her passion for business and sustainability. This May she will graduate with a dual-degree (MBA / MS) through the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, furthering her affinity for multi-disciplinary education and experiences. In both the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment, she is recognized as a natural leader among her peers, as well as faculty in administration. At the University of Michigan, she also has served as a two-term Co-President of Design+Business, a student organization promoting design methodologies to lead and facilitate innovation, and as the Canadian representative on the Office of Career Development International Committee. Even amidst her busy academic schedule, she remained an active community leader as Director (now Emeritus) of the ReBuilding Exchange, a social enterprise promoting deconstruction and material reuse, and Board Member of TEDxWinnipeg. Sabrina wants to define what the 21st century business leader should be, using systems and design thinking as core to achieving sustainability. This passion has led to her recognition as an inaugural Dow Fellow, receiving the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Environmental Management Fellowship, being selected to observe COP17 in Durban, and contributing to a Rio+20 submission on sustainability futures and their business / policy implications. Sabrina further leveraged her internships and graduate theses, to surface how sustainability serves as a source of innovation for business and economies. For example, during a 2012 summer internship at Ford Motor Co., Sullivan delved into the future of urban mobility by focusing on how cities function as ecosystems that must operate efficiently to provide mobility to their citizens. Working with Ford’s automotive researchers, planners and innovators, she created a market-segmentation analysis of 64 megacities and emerging megacities in the global economy to identify similarities and differences shaping their diverse mobility needs. Her “City as Customer” work stream ─ part of Ford’s “Blueprint for Urban Mobility” initiative ─ contributed to a greater understanding of global mobility challenges and potential strategies to address them. Sullivan’s penchant for systems thinking and innovation surfaced again last summer during a fellowship at the Canada-based Pembina Institute, where she led Canadian energy companies and other stakeholders in creating visions for energy in the future. She also fostered conversations about ways the energy industry could develop a more sustainable supply chain and how the adoption of innovative policies and tools could propel Canada toward a clean-energy future. “Our world is moving toward a point where diverse industries ─ such as automotive, information technology, energy, consumer products and health care ─ will have to collaborate in order to create disruptive innovations,” Sullivan says. “I’m looking for the job, the people and the opportunity that will allow me to tap into my love of trends and addressing complex problems to create a sustainable future.” In 2006, she received her Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Calgary, drove the development of the school’s CSR & Sustainable Development Certificate, while serving in leadership roles with several Canadian NGOs. Following this, Sabrina worked as a Strategy Consultant with Deloitte moving between Canada and the United States, advising on sustainability, strategy, business trans

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