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Erb Institute alumni work all over the world and in every sector of society and maintain strong links to the Erb Institute, supporting our work by making donations, sponsoring research, collaborating on new projects, or by serving on the Institute’s External Advisory Board.

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Michael (Kipp) Baratoff

Co-Founder and COO / CFO
Fishpeople, Inc
MBA/MS Program 2007

Michael currently develops the economic development investment strategy for Oregon which includes grants, PRIs, and endowment corpus.

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Rachel Fineberg Sylvan

Director, Stakeholder Engagement
MBA/MS Program 2001

Rachel Fineberg Sylvan is a driven, experienced, and collaborative sustainability leader with 15 years of experience bridging business and environmental interests. She specializes in integrating sustainability into core business culture and functions across complex organizations. Most recently she was the Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at U.S. Foodservice. At U.S. Foodservice, the second largest foodservice distributor in the country, she worked with leaders throughout the company and with external stakeholders in developing and implementing a broad strategy for improving environmental performance. She has also led corporate responsibility and sustainability projects for Volvo Car Corporation, for the petroleum shipping industry, and for an international development consulting firm. She currently lives in a certified green building in Silver Spring, MD.

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Kathryn Buckner

Council of Great Lakes Industries
MBA/MS Program 2011

Kathryn is the President of the Council of Great Lakes Industries, a tax-exempt business association that promotes sustainability in the Great Lakes region. As President of CGLI, Kathryn is focused on promoting sustainability within the Great Lakes industrial community and engaging the Great Lakes industrial community in sustainability policy. Prior to joining CGLI, Kathryn was a practicing environmental attorney who helped business and municipal clients develop proactive strategies for managing environmental challenges and opportunities. As part of the Erb Institute, Kathryn worked with a team to develop a comprehensive sustainability plan for a Cistercian monastery in Virginia. The plan covered all aspects of sustainability (land use, energy, water, toxics, solid waste, buildings, and economic sustainability) and enhanced Kathryn’s interest in the complex organizational elements of implementing principles of sustainability within business organizations.

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