Jeff Gowdy

Jeff Gowdy

Adjunct Professor of Management

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Strategy and Environmental Management

Subject Areas

Ethics & Social Responsibility, Strategy and Business Economics



Jeff Gowdy is a globally recognized thought leader and practitioner in sustainability and CSR. He has served on hundreds of sustainability projects since 2002 for some of the world's largest companies, including Home Depot, Verizon, Bridgestone and Coca-Cola.

Awards & Accomplishments

Jeff’s firm, J. Gowdy Consulting, has won multiple awards for its innovative work.


As a third-party consulting, he worked for GreenOrder on the launch of GE’s Ecoimagination and for BluSkye on the rollout of Walmart’s Sustainability Value Networks. These efforts are considered the first two landmark corporate sustainability initiatives in the United States.


Jeff serves on the Technical Advisory Group for the CDP Science Based Targets project, the Sustainability Context group, and the GreenBiz Intelligence Panel. He is a frequent speaker who has made presentations for the UN Environment Programme, World Resources Institute, and the UN Global Compact. He writes for Sustainable Brands, The Guardian, GreenBiz, and Triple Pundit.


At Vanderbilt, Jeff teaches strategy courses in the Strategy & Economics concentration in the MBA program. He also teaches in the Vanderbilt Executive Education program.

On A Personal Note...

An avid backpacker, Jeff has hiked a majority of the Appalachian Trail.

Research Interests

Jeff manages, a project and companion database for Andrew Winston's book The Big Pivot, for which he also provided first-draft edits.


MBA, Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, 2006

BS, University of Virginia, 1997