Jill Bamburg is President of Pinchot University, formerly known as the Bainbridge Graduate University (BGI), home of the nation’s first MBA in Sustainable Business. She was part of the founding team of the university, and before that a journalist, environmentalist, high tech marketer, and author of Getting to Scale: Growing Your Business Without Selling Out published by Berrett-Kohler in 2006.
In her book, Jill discusses book the challenges of bringing mission-driven businesses to scale, and in this interview Jill shares candidly about the challenges, and joys, of leading a university dedicated to the common good at a time of intense pressure on private universities – especially a young university with a bold mission like Pinchot’s.
As a BGI founder, Jill spearheaded the academic effort, serving as a member of the core faculty in addition to performing administrative duties. Prior to joining BGI in 2002, Jill was a core faculty member at Antioch University/Seattle for seven years, and taught courses in marketing, strategy and general management.
In her private industry career, she served in a variety of senior level marketing positions at Aldus Corporation, creators of PageMaker software and architects of the desktop publishing revolution. Prior to that, she spent 10 years in Wyoming working as a writer, editor and publisher of the Jackson Hole News, Jackson Hole Guide and High Country News. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English from Washington University, and an MBA from Stanford University.