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Uniting diverse backgrounds and expertise, our leadership and staff share three common goals: to support and disseminate high-impact research, to empower students and practitioners, and to nurture networks of change agents for sustainability innovation and integration.

 

Beril ToktayBeril Toktay, Faculty Director

Professor of Operations Management
Brady Family Chair
Scheller ADVANCE Professor

Since joining Scheller in 2005, Beril has been an active voice in sustainability. She has received several National Science Foundation grants to study sustainable business practices, teaches an MBA-level course on business strategies for sustainability, and is internationally known for her research on sustainable operations management, with a focus on socially responsible, environmentally friendly business practices. Beril led Scheller's efforts to start the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, which she sees as a hub to bring together the business know-how of Scheller College with the technical know-how of the Georgia Tech community.

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Michael OxmanMichael Oxman, Managing Director

Professor of the Practice in Sustainable Business

Michael joined Scheller College in 2016 as the managing director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business where he teaches business sustainability courses and oversees industry outreach, partnerships, and educational initiatives. Before joining Scheller College, Michael spent over 25 years working at the intersection of international business, sustainability, and risk management including serving in leadership roles at Acorn International LLC and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR). In these roles, he advised a broad range of international energy and mining companies on local content, social impact/performance, reporting, strategy, and human rights topics. Michael has also worked for Chevron, Price Waterhouse, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in risk management, financial/fiscal analysis, and in strategic planning functions.

Michael has an MBA from Rice University, an MIA from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a B.A. from Trinity College in Russian Area Studies. He is also an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Sustainable Development Technical Section.

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Arianna RobinsonArianna Robinson, Assistant Director—Business Operations

Arianna joined the Scheller College of Business as program support coordinator for the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business in 2014 and was promoted to program and operations manager in 2015. In her current role as assistant director of business operations, she executes, coordinates, and supports the Center’s strategic projects, events, and ongoing programs and initiatives. She also manages the Center’s finances, its marketing and communications strategy, and its team of graduate research and student assistants.

Prior to joining Scheller College, she worked for the central office of a national non-profit organization focused on leadership development.

Arianna received her BBA in Managerial Sciences from Georgia State University Robinson College of Business. She received her MBA (with concentrations in strategic sustainability, leadership and collaboration, and cross-cultural human resource management) from Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business.

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Kjersti Lukens Kjersti Lukens, Program Support Coordinator

Kjersti joined the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business staff in Spring 2017. Her role includes general office administration, event management and assisting in program and student engagement initiatives. Prior to joining the Center, Kjersti worked in the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech and two years in the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

Kjersti received her Undergraduate Degree in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, and her Master's in Public Administration from Georgia State University.

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Jennifer LuxJennifer Holley Lux, Writer/Editor

Jennifer, who joined Scheller College of Business in 2016, brings over 20 years of experience in communications to the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business. She interprets high-level research for a broader audience; supports faculty, staff, and students with multimodal communications projects; and brings to life the stories behind those practitioners and academics involved in today’s most cutting-edge work in sustainable business.

Jennifer is the author of a book of poetry, White Portals (Press 53, 2018). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Atlanta Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa. Jennifer was educated at Fairfield University (BA in English); St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA in Writing); and the University of Connecticut (PhD in English). 

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David EadyDavid Eady, Industry Engagement Manager Sr.

David joined Georgia Tech in 2018 as an industry engagement manager Sr., a co-appointment for the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at the Scheller College of Business and the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain in the Office of Undergraduate Education. In this role, he will expand and deepen relationships with the business sector to advance strategic objectives within the university and the two centers. Prior to joining the Centers, David spent over 23 years leading sustainability initiatives and facilitating stakeholder engagements through various professional and civic roles. He started his career as a community organizer working on environmental and public health challenges in low-income, minority, and coastal communities in Georgia and the southeast. After graduate school, he became a fellow with the Army Environmental Policy Institute, based at Georgia Tech, and later joined the research faculty in Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy, before working in management consulting for the last 14 years.

David has an MS in Urban Studies, concentrated in community planning and development, from Georgia State University, and a BA in philosophy, focused on environmental ethics, with additional studies in sociology, from the University of Georgia.

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Scheller College faculty members represent an impressive depth of expertise and activity in sustainability. Within their own fields of study—from operations and finance to business ethics and marketing—faculty members investigate numerous aspects of sustainability, including socially responsible investing, environmental economics, brand value, and sustainable operations in their research and teaching. This expertise, combined with Georgia Tech's strong science and technology capabilities, creates an ecosystem with enormous potential for long-term educational, economic, and social impact.