Corporate Partners Program

    The Bren School's Corporate Partners program seeks to leverage faculty expertise that aligns with corporate sustainability priorities, and support students and alumni in Corporate Environmental Management roles. The program is the means through which the Bren School forms mutually beneficial alliances with local and national corporations and organizations that share our commitment to sustainable enterprise, leading-edge research, and educational programs of preeminent quality.


    Bank of America

    Impact Investing: Aligning Your Wealth with Purpose

    What's the connection between social and environmental benefit and sound financial performance?
    How do individuals and institutions harness the powers of the capital markets to do good?

    These are the questions the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and Bank of America set out to answer on July 28th during a special Impact Investing seminar.

    The event featured commentary from the following:

    • Kimberley Paris, Director of Impact Investing, Bank of America
    • Stepehn Franco, Portfolio Manager, Socially Innovative Investing, Bank of America
    • Emily Cotter, UC Santa Barbara Bren School Eco-Entrepreneurship Program Director
    • Craig Cummings, UC Santa Barbara Bren School Eco-Entrepreneurship Advisory Council Member & Chairman of Saltygirl Seafood

    Bank of America has been exploring a new generation of investors who are increasingly looking for their investments to generate social and environmental impact alongside financial returns to help them pursue their goals. "Bank of America is deliviering on our prupose to improvie financial lives through a strategy of responsible growth. Our focus on environmental, social, and governance, or E.S.G. factors, is a critical component of this commitment" said Midge Campbell-Thomas, Bank of America Ventura/Santa Barbara Market President.

    Founded in 1991, the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UCSB has earned a reputation as one fo the top schools of its kind in the nation. It is among a handful of schools in the United States - and the only one in the West - that integrates science, management, law, economics, and policy as part of an interdisciplinary approach to environmental problem-solving.



    Networking Opportunities: The Bren School hosts student public presentations and other events annually that provide unique opportunities to engage with students, faculty, alumni, and other community stakeholders that foster new collaborations, employee and intern recruitment, in addition to learning about cutting-edge environmental research. Events may also include multi-sector stakeholder Summits that provide executives from partner organizations with the opportunity to convene in a non-partisan environment to discuss needs, challenges and strategies affecting their industries. These cross-sector networking opportunities are vital to addressing environmental  problems that often span industries, disciplines, and jurisdictions.

    Summer Internships: Summer internships are an essential part of the Bren experience. Bren students are able to complete internships that allow them to forge powerful connections, gain practical experience, and advance toward their career goals.

    Full-time Employment of Bren Graduates: Bren’s Career Development Program provides a number of services that allow Corporate Partners to engage with Bren students and develop mutually beneficial working relationships with them. Among these services are job postings, internships, and volunteer positions.

    Presentations to Students: To provide students with the most up-to-date information on environmental careers, job-search skills, and employment trends, employers are invited to visit the school to talk with students about careers, professional skills, internships, full/part time positions, and job search skills.

    Faculty Consulting: A company can independently engage individual Bren faculty to perform specific consulting. The faculty member negotiates fees, services, and scope of work directly with the company. We are pleased to assist you in setting up one-on-one or small-group meetings with our faculty so that you might better understand their areas of research and expertise. See a list of our faculty and their bios.

    Group Projects:The Bren School invites any agency, company, organization, or individual that has an environmental problem to submit a proposal for a Group Project. This is a valuable opportunity to have a group of talented master's students take on the problem and make recommendations to address it. The Bren School will help connect you to faculty and/or students who might provide feedback on the proposal and, in some cases, assist in writing a proposal. More about Group Projects.

    For more information contact:

    Patti Winans
    Bren School Development Office
    Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
    Bren Hall 2428
    University of California
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5131

    Current Corporate & Foundation Partners
    logo: Zurich
    logo: walton family foundation

    logo: waitt foundation

    logo: Figueroa mountain
    logo: edison
    Logo: Toyota
    Logo: Challenger Cable Sales  
    Logo: ACE Group Logo: AECOM Logo: Bank of America Logo: Ecomerit Technologies
    logo: Kaiser Permanente logo: Mattel
    logo: The Nature Conservancy logo: Verizon Logo: Yardi
    logo: Allen associates Logo: Alston-Bird LLP Logo: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
    Logo: Irvine Ranch Conservancy Logo: Morrison and Foerster Cleantech Group Logo: Niagara Logo: Chumash Indian Tribe
      Logo: Stoel Rives Logo: URS  

    People and Contacts

    Timothy J. Cohen
    Bren School Corporate & Foundation Partners Program


    Lotus Vermeer
    Assistant Dean of Development
    Office: Bren Hall 2428
    Phone: 805-893-3712



    Beth Pitton-August
    Director of Development
    Bren Hall 2430


    Access the Corporate & Foundation Partners Program Charter and Advisory Council Guidelines.