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Emily Cotter

Emily Cotter

Environmental Innovation Program Manager and Lecturer

Environmental Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Bren Hall 3406


MBA, USC Marshall School of Business

BA, Economics-Accounting, Claremont McKenna College


Emily Cotter joined the Bren School as a lecturer in 2010 and received the 2019 Bren School Distinguished Teaching Award. She manages the Environmental Innovation & Entrepreneurship program at the Bren School and brings expertise from a diverse background. She has sixteen years of business experience, which includes launching her own startup. She worked in product development and corporate strategy at Toyota Motor Sales and also spent time in the private-equity field, working as an analyst at a New York-based leverage buyout fund. Emily began her career at Arthur Andersen, where she audited large clients, including Occidental Petroleum, Trust Company of the West, and the J. Paul Getty Trust. She also spent five years in the nonprofit sector, with two years as executive director of a youth entrepreneurship program that partners with UCLA Anderson School of Management. She has an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business, with a dual concentration in Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurship & Venture Management. In 2006, Emily received three awards from USC Marshall’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies: Best Feasibility Analysis Award, Top Business Plan Award, and the Marcia Israel Outstanding Student Award. 

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