William Shutkin is the president and CEO of the Presidio Graduate School, where he is also the Richard M. Gray Fellow in Sustainability Practice. In addition, he is a senior advisor at Aravaipa Ventures, a green investment fund based in Boulder, Colorado.
Shutkin's career covers an expansive terrain, from sustainability to social innovation, urban planning to economic development, green design to global warming. He has founded and led several organizations at the forefront of the sustainability field and, from 1999-2008, was on the faculty of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Shutkin is the author of the award-winning The Land That Could Be: Environmentalism and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century, and A Republic of Trees: Field Notes on People, Place, and the Planet. David Brower of the Sierra Club once described him as "an environmental visionary creating solutions to today's problems with a passion that would make John Muir and Martin Luther King equally proud."
Shutkin received his BA in history and classics from Brown University and a JD and MA in history from the University of Virginia. He also completed doctoral studies as a Regents Fellow at the University of California Berkeley and graduated from the Executive Program in Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Chief Judge Franklin S. Billings, Jr., and has received numerous awards and fellowships for his pioneering work as a social entrepreneur and sustainability leader.