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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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Claudia Harner-Jay

Senior Commercialization Officer
Program for Appropriate Technology in Health
MBA/MS Program 1998

Claudia is a program officer at the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) in Seattle, Washington. PATH is an international, non-profit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to improving the health of women and children. PATH identifies, develops, and applies appropriate and innovative solutions to public health problems, particularly in low-resource settings. Founded in 1977, PATH has managed over 950 projects in 100 countries. In all its activities, PATH collaborates with public- and private-sector partners, including community groups, nongovernmental organizations, commercial enterprises, ministries of health, and international agencies. PATH's headquarters are located in Seattle. Additional offices are located in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Washington, D.C. Claudia's major responsibilities are business planning, marketing, and commercialization. Her primary areas of focus are the Ultra Rice(tm) team and the Health Technologies team, where she conducts market research; identifies public- and private sector partners; implements strategies to transfer technology in developing countries; negotiates licensing and technology transfer agreements; and manages intellectual property issues. Current assignments take her to Brazil, India, and Indonesia on a regular basis.

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Jake Swenson

Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst
Staples, Inc.
MBA/MS Program 2003

Jake is a Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst at Staples, Inc. He previously worked as an Associate with Industrial Economics. While at Michigan, Jake interned in the Fuel Cell Activities division of General Motors. He also holds a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University.

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Stephanie Cheney

Senior Vendor Manager
Grocery Amazon.com
MBA/MS Program 2012

Stephanie is interested in corporate strategy, sustainable product innovation, and organizational change. She passionate about the ability of the private sector to innovate and leverage technology to meet future energy and resource demands. This past summer she interned at Dell in their Cloud Computing business analyzing their global supply chain to develop a procurement and logistics pricing model. Prior to returning to graduate school Stephanie was an energy policy analyst at Sierra Club’s Legislative Headquarters where she worked on developing renewable energy funding mechanisms and sustainability plans for local governments as well as developing green building best practices with USGBC. Before her stint on Capitol Hill, she was a consultant in Washington, D.C. where she played a lead role in launching a new practice group with an expertise in corporate greenhouse gas inventories and developing non-profit, public, and private sector partnerships to implement corporate sustainability strategies. tephanie graduated from Kenyon College with a double major in Political Science and Spanish Literature. Her interest in sustainability was first peaked when she was studying political economy in Chile and saw first-hand the challenges of resource management in developing democracies. Originally from the Wisconsin, she loves a good snowfall so she can downhill and cross-country ski or have an excuse to buy a plane ticket to the beach.

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