Senior Cities Advisor, Climate-KIC
Tom Osdoba is a social entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience advancing sustainability, and building and managing green organizations and communities.
From 2008 to 2017, Tom served as founder and principal of TAO Strategies, a management consultancy focused on sustainability strategies, social enterprise and new business development. He has worked several cities globally to make their energy systems cleaner and more efficient. From 2013 – 2016, he led Enterprise Community Partners’ effort to make all affordable housing sustainable. As Vice President for Sustainability, he led a team advancing sustainable development standards for housing, engaging community development organizations to lead on neighborhood-scale infrastructure, and pursuing innovative impact investing platforms to better align capital and low-income communities for sustainability-related assets.
Previously, Tom 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. He 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. Through this work, he co-founded the Portland Sustainability Institute, which became EcoDistricts. He also helped create Clean Energy Works Oregon and the New Energy Cities partnership to help other cities in the region. Tom served as sustainability director for Vancouver, B.C., where he led initiatives for climate protection, green building and development, economic development strategy and purchasing, including award-winning initiatives for neighborhood-scale clean energy systems and community engagement on energy and climate change.