Colorado State University College of Business adds Three to Sustainable Enterprise Board

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CASE, the Center for Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise in the Colorado State University College of Business, has added three members to its advisory board

Kevin Brinkman, cofounder and president of Fort Collins-based Brinkman Partners; Freida Brown, Vice Chancellor of United States International University-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya; and Christina Polischuk, a senior financial services executive based in San Francisco, bring the number of board members to 16.

"We are excited to have leaders of this caliber joining the board of CASE to help direct our efforts to educate entrepreneurs working in developing countries," said Carl Hammerdorfer, executive director. "We believe business happens out in the real world, and where traditional MBAs create managers for the air-conditioned suite, we empower the men and women with the dirty boots and the rolled-up sleeves. Mr. Brinkman, Dr. Brown and Ms. Polischuk bring real-world experience and financial acumen to the board to guide us on our mission."

CASE fosters entrepreneurship around the world in order to encourage clean water sources, higher food yields, increased incomes, greater employment, and improved health and quality of life. CASE manages both the Sustainable Enterprise MBA for Africa (SEMBAA) and the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program at CSU. CASE has launched a $20 million fundraising campaign to expand programs and scholarship opportunities.

Diverse Board Members

Freida Brown has been Vice Chancellor of United States International University-Africa since 1994. During that time, she has seen a significant growth in the size and student population of the university. Additionally, she serves on several boards and commissions in Kenya and is the founding chair of the Kenya Association of Private Universities. She earned her doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from Michigan State University and has taught at several institutions including Howard University and Washington University in St. Louis.

Kevin Brinkman is cofounder and president of Brinkman Partners, an integrated real estate solutions company in Fort Collins, Colorado. His professional background includes experience in civil engineering, construction management, real estate brokerage, development and capital markets. Brinkman is an active member of CCIM, the Urban Land Institute, the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce and Young Presidents’ Organization. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a master’s degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Denver.

Christina Polischuk is a senior executive in financial services with expertise in institutional account, legal and risk management based in San Francisco. She has served as chief operating officer for an investment management technology company and has been a business advisor to a number of asset management concerns, startup companies and nonprofit organizations. She has worked for such companies as BlackRock and its predecessor firm, Barclays Global Investors (BGI), and has served as corporate counsel with leading financial services firms, including Charles Schwab, Greenwich Capital Markets, and Citibank NA. Polischuk earned an LLM degree in taxation from New York University School of Law, a juris doctorate from Villanova University School of Law, and a bachelor’s cum laude from the University of Delaware.

About CASE

Offered through the Colorado State University College of Business, CASE enterprises help to reduce pollution, provide health solutions and bring technology that meets basic needs around the world. The SEMBAA program supports business students in Africa through scholarships and hybrid distance education.

The GSSE is unique among MBA programs, requiring students to build triple-bottom-line ventures, which deliver not only profits but social and environmental impacts as well, as a core component throughout the entire 18-month program. Sustainability and base-of-pyramid themes are woven throughout the customized curriculum.

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