Over the past 30 years, Edward Church has had wide-ranging experience in government, nonprofits and private business. Ed has served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship since 2007. IEE was the creator of the Green MBA program, now offered at Dominican University in San Rafael, California. IEE continues this work through “research and development for the triple bottom line.”
Ed has won awards for business and nonprofit innovation from the San Francisco Business Times, the State of California, the County of Alameda and the City of Oakland. He was the Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Berkeley. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, and the Mentoring Center and the Workforce Collaborative, both in Oakland. He was the founding Executive Director of the Berkeley Community Fund and for 20 years was a consultant and program executive for the Trio Foundation. Ed directed the Livable Communities Initiative at the East Bay Community Foundation, a unique project that promoted smart growth and transit-oriented development. This led to his spending a sabbatical year as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Urban and Regional Development at UC Berkeley before coming to IEE.
Ed Church was a Judge for the Stanford University Social E-Challenge and a Mentor for the Global Social Ventures Competition. He was a reviewer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study under the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program. He also chaired a Working Group for the UN Environment Programme on “Alternatives to GDP, True Cost Accounting and Ecological Economics.” Previously, Ed was Program Director at Urban Strategies Council, an anti-poverty think-tank based in Oakland, California. He was the Founding Executive Director of Brighter Beginnings, a maternal and child health organization, going strong since 1984. Ed Church received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977.