karl_july_2007Karl Ostrom, PhD: Karl’s background includes organization development and consultation with businesses, municipalities, universities, non-profit organizations, and religious institutions. He is the founding director of NBIS and has played an instrumental role in conceptualizing and communicating the opportunities for sustainable business on the global and local scale. His background in urban planning and development contributes to the depth of leadership he brings when assisting businesses with finding profitable ways to contribute to the urgent needs of our time through realigning their operations for sustainability and prosperity. He has served as an adjunct professor in sustainable business at Seattle University and the Leadership Institute of Seattle and serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle.

Mary Rose
, MDiv, is Co-Director of NBIS. Her background includes extensive experience in organizational development, education, and public relations. She provides strategic planning and development for NBIS, as well as program management. She directs NBIS’ Salmon-Safe Urban Landowner Initiative,  NBIS' Business Leaders Forum and training programs. For two years Mary provided staff support for Washington State Governor Gregoire’s 2010 Task Force, and conducted business development and tourism initiatives to maximize opportunities and address challenges in connection with the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC.