Senior Cities Advisor, Climate-KIC
Tom Osdoba is a social entrepreneur with a legacy of innovative progress to advance sustainability, and building and managing organizations and communities. He serves as a senior advisor to cities as part of Climate-KIC, Europe’s top innovation community on sustainability and climate change. For 10 years Tom led a management consultancy focused on sustainability strategies, social enterprise, and new business development. He has worked with several cities and local governments around the country.
From 2013 – 2016, he led Enterprise Community Partner’s efforts to make all affordable housing sustainable. Tom also was the first managing director of the Center for Sustainable Business at the University of Oregon, an MBA program training sustainable business leaders rated by Princeton Review as the top green MBA program in the US in 2016 and 2017. He co-led a study to help regional farmers better access growing markets for sustainable food, recognized by American Planning Association for applied research. Tom was the sustainable economic development manager for Portland, OR (2007-2009), where he created a strategic framework and business development strategies for a sustainable regional economy, with a focus on clean, renewable energy, green building design and construction, and regional food systems. This work led to the creation of the Portland Sustainability Institute, which is now EcoDistricts. He also drove creation of Clean Energy Works Oregon and the New Energy Cities partnership to help other cities in the region. He also served as Vancouver’s (Canada) first sustainability director, creating a program that received multiple awards for innovation and remains widely recognized as a leading urban sustainability program.