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The Erb Institute offers students a unique opportunity to develop a set of integrated skills for confronting the complex challenges of sustainability. To be successful, a student must have strong analytic skills and the ability to communicate effectively across traditional academic, political and industrial boundaries. Erb Institute students come from diverse backgrounds, and represent decades of unique experience in a wide range of countries, sectors and industries. This diversity provides a critical educational resource for students, and enhances our ability to develop leaders who are prepared to tackle sustainable development in any sector of society.

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Ursula Jessee

MBA/MS Program 2015

Ursula has worked in the international development field for the past seven years but is interested in working with a corporation that values sustainability. Prior to joining the Erb Institute Ursula was President of Sustainable Development International, a boutique international-development consulting firm. Before leading SDI she worked an international medical relief organization and an economic development consulting firm. Ursula developed her interest in international development after living outside of the US for the first sixteen years of her life and she started her career in international development as Fulbright Fellow in Jordan and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in South Africa. Ursula earned her BA from Wellesley College and her MA from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa. She enjoys running, biking, climbing, and traveling.

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Marianna Kerppola

MBA/MS Program 2016

I operate in the nexus of Human Rights + Business + Innovation. I am transforming my broad-ranged corporate skillset of strategy, finance, investments, risk management, sales and marketing into creating social good. I have recently launched BetterHope (, an online marketplace for clothing made with dignity, with the goal of creating prosperity for women in clothing supply chains. I am also the co-founder of Women Who Launch, an initiative working to create gender equal entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Mikaela Rodkin

MBA/MS Program 2017

Mikaela is interested in sustainable food systems, particularly in regards to food processing, consumer choice and sustainable agricultural practices. While at University of Michigan, she is focusing her studies on innovation solutions to issues relate to food access with a multidisciplinary team for Innovation in Action, and researching a certification for sustainable cattle farming in Brazil for her SNRE Master’s Project. Prior to joining the Erb class of 2017, Mikaela served for over six years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. Serving aboard two warships, Mikaela deployed to the Persian Gulf and South China Sea. During her time overseas, as well as during a 10 month round the world independent travel in 2013-2014, Mikaela became increasingly interested in the intersection of culture, business and politics of food in a domestic and international context. Mikaela graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2007. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and writing.

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Chris MontiResume

MBA/MS Program 2018

I’m joining the Erb Institute following a seven-year career as an AC-130 Spooky Gunship pilot. I had the privilege of flying 149 combat missions throughout three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. As a captain, I was responsible for managing my squadron’s $60M annual flight training budget, developing a new digital tracking system for $5M worth of sensitive equipment, as well as leading and training 100 of the finest aviators for worldwide combat operations. I’m focused on complementing these experiences with a firm grasp of business and sustainability principles. My goal is to combine these skills to help hybrid organizations tackle environmental and social issues. I believe private industry is the cornerstone to (and therefore must lead) fundamental and lasting societal change.

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