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Mark Orlowski    

Executive Director and, Founder Sustainable Endowments Institute

Mark Orlowski is a contributor to Marketplace.org and the Marketplace Morning Report. His day job as founder and executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Endowments Institute has taken him to 35 U.S. states since 2005. He loves to travel and avidly collected and redeemed frequent flyer miles and hotel points since the late 1990s. Mark earned his private pilot license in 2002 and is deeply disappointed he can’t earn miles when piloting a plane.

The Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) has pioneered research, education and outreach to advance resilient institutional responses to the climate crisis.

Mark heads the Institute’s research efforts on college sustainability initiatives including creation of the College Sustainability Report Card. Mark also serves as the lead developer and coordinator of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, an initiative that is encouraging colleges and other nonprofit institutions to invest a combined total of $1 billion into energy efficiency upgrades.

Since the Institute’s founding as a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in 2005, Mark has spoken at more than 80 colleges in over 30 states. Along with widespread coverage by campus newspapers, numerous reports on his work have appeared in the national and business press. Media coverage includes articles in CNN Money, Forbes, The New York Times and a profile in BusinessWeek.

As a member of the board of managers overseeing investments for New England Quaker Meetings, Mr. Orlowski is familiar with fiduciary responsibilities of endowment trustees. He also serves on the board of Proxy Democracy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing accessible proxy information.

A graduate of Williams College, Mr. Orlowski served on the college’s Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility and chaired its Campus Environmental Advisory Committee. He also received an associate’s degree from Berkshire Community College and earned a master’s degree at Harvard University, where he studied nonprofit management.

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