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Advisors and Staff

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Karl Ostrom, Co-Executive Director NBISKarl Ostrom, PhD, Co-Director
Karl’s background includes organization development and consultation with businesses, municipalities, universities, and non-profit organizations. As founding director of NBIS, he has played an instrumental role in conceptualizing and communicating the opportunities for sustainable business on the global and local scale.

Karl’s background in urban planning and development contributes to the depth of leadership he brings when assisting businesses with finding profitable ways to contribute to the urgent needs of our time through realigning their operations for sustainability and prosperity.

He has served as an adjunct professor in sustainable business at Seattle University and the Leadership Institute of Seattle and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle.

Karl’s PhD in Clinical Psychology, completed at the University of North Carolina, has contributed to his understanding of systemic approaches to organizational change and leadership development. His publications include “Is there Hope for the City.”

Mary Rose, Co-Executive Director NBISMary Rose, M.Div., Co-Director
Mary’s professional background is in organizational development, education, public relations and project management. As Co-Director of NBIS, Mary’s leadership focuses on program development, project management and public relations. She has built the NBIS Business Leaders Forum and Green Team Accelerator programs and directs NBIS’ Salmon-Safe Urban Landowner Initiative as well as contributing to other NBIS activities.

For two years, Mary provided staff support for Governor Gregoire’s 2010 Task Force, conducting business development and tourism initiatives to maximize opportunities and address challenges for Washington State in connection with the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. This led to opportunities to support the visibility of Washington’s clean technolgoy and sustainable business sectors on the global stage.

Before joining Karl in founding NBIS, Mary held positions in Development and Community Relations at a number of schools and colleges, including Lakeside School, the University of Washington and Columbia University. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she was active in social justice advocacy.

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