Bill Shutkin is the president and CEO of the Presidio Graduate School, where he is also the Richard M. Gray Fellow in Sustainability Practice. Founded in 2003 and based in San Francisco, Presidio offers MBA, MPA, and Executive Certificate programs in sustainable management. In addition, Shutkin is a director of Aravaipa Ventures, a green investment firm based in Boulder, Colorado, and a founding partner of Urban Sustainability Associates.
A former executive director of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, Shutkin was a faculty member at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where the institute is based, and a visiting scholar at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to this, Shutkin led several organizations at the intersection of community development and sustainability, including Alternatives for Community and Environment; New Ecology, Inc.; the Orton Family Foundation; and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. He serves as an associate of the Citistates Group, a think-tank for metropolitanism and regional development, and as an advisory board member for NRDC's Smarter Cities.
Author of the award-winning The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century and of A Republic of Trees: Field Notes on People, Place, and the Planet, Shutkin is also a published poet. He received his bachelor's degree from Brown University and a law degree and master's degree in history from the University of Virginia. He completed doctoral studies as a Regents Fellow at the University of California Berkeley and was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Chief Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr., in Vermont. He's an avid telemark skier, trail runner, and musician.