Faculty Directors

Roberto Rigobon

Applied Economics

Rigobon’s areas of research are international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. In international economics, he focuses on the causes of balance-of-payments crises, financial crises, and the propagation of them across countries—the phenomenon that has been identified in the literature as “contagion.” He has developed econometric techniques to determine the existence of contagion and the extent of it.  He teaches courses on the macroeconomics of sustainability and entrepreneurship.

John Sterman

Operations Management/System Dynamics

John Sterman's research includes systems thinking and organizational learning, computer simulation of corporate strategy and public policy issues, and environmental sustainability.  He has projects underway on communicating about climate change to policy makers and the public, and on creating markets for alternative fuel vehicles.


Jason Jay

Work and Organization Studies Group (WOS)

Jason Jay is Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. His personal mission is to help people to connect the truth within to the truth outside – to realize a life of meaning and positive impact in an era of profound global challenges. His perspective on sustainability comes from hiking in Boulder, Colorado and the Himalayas; from becoming part of his wife’s family in West Bengal, India; from his teachers and students at MIT; and from being a father and reluctant consumer in the suburbs.

Dr. Jay directs the strategy and implementation of the MIT Sloan School’s goals toward including sustainability content in the curriculum for all students, and building a community of innovators for sustainability. He spearheads the Initiative’s fundraising efforts and engagement with industry and policymakers. He co-teaches the flagship course Sustainability Lab (S-Lab) and teaches executive education programs on sustainability for MIT.  His research examines how people navigate the tension between personal, business, and social goals in sustainability efforts.  

Senior Associate Director

Bethany Patten


Bethany Patten is the Senior Associate Director of the Sustainability Initiative and Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  In this role she works to create and implement educational programming and curricula for MIT students who are pursuing careers focused on environmental and social impact.  She is responsible for developing and managing relationships with external organizations seeking to engage in teaching, research collaborations and she co-teaches the Capstone for Sustainability required for all students seeking to earn MIT's Certificate in Sustainability.

She has been emerged in, and an active contributor to, MIT’s sustainability ecosystem for over seven years as a student in the Executive MBA program where she focused on process improvement through the lens of sustainability and as the Managing Director of the MIT Sustainability Summit. She has led several projects on campus aimed to reduce waste, and has worked externally with urban developers internationally seeking to create sustainable communities in developing countries. 

Outside of MIT, Bethany is President of the Bay Village Neighborhood association, a member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce Alumni Advisory Group, and Board Member and Treasurer of the Environmental League of Massachusetts.  Prior to MIT, Bethany had a long career in operations in the book publishing industry.  Bethany earned an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, and a BA from Boston College.

Academic Program Manager

Emma Caldwell

Emma Caldwell is the Academic Program Manager for the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. Emma works to translate cutting edge sustainability research into curricular offerings for Sloan students and is responsible for flagship course design and delivery, case writing support, and extra-curricular programming design and delivery. She works with Dominic Farello to plan and execute the Initiative’s various events, such as the Sustainability Lunch Series and alumni/executive action learning programming.

Emma has been working in academia for several years, and prior to joining the Sustainability Initiative she worked as the Program Coordinator for the MIT Leadership Center and at the Harvard Business School.

Emma obtained a B.A. in Public Health and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Rochester. More recently she obtained a Certificate from the Harvard Extension School in Corporate Sustainability and Innovation. Her passion for sustainability stems from a background in environmental health and an interest in public health and social justice issues.

Program Assistant

Dominic Farello

Dominic Farello is the Program Assistant for the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan.  Dominic works behind the scenes for the Initiative, running social media, engaging with students, and assisting with scheduling and event planning of various projects- such as the Sustainability Initiative Lunch Series and the Action-Learning Sustainability Course “S-Lab.”  

Dominic holds a BA in Media Studies from Emerson College where his focus was Political Communication. His interest in sustainability stems from an involvement in political advocacy and a deep committment to fighting for human rights and broad-based social and economic equality. 

Communications Consultant

Tracey Palmer

Tracey Palmer is an award-winning marketing and development communications professional with more than twenty years’ experience working with mission-driven organizations across the United States. Her passion is helping clients tell their stories, connect with their constituents, raise more money, and inspire their communities.

Tracey works with the Sustainability Initiative create compelling messages that build relationships and drive results. A highly rated workshop leader and writing coach, Tracey volunteers regularly for CASE, AFP-Massachusetts, the Northeast Annual Giving conference, and the Brand Together Conference. She earned a CASE Crystal Apple for Outstanding Teaching in 2015.

Before founding her company, Palmer Communications, Tracey worked at Boston area colleges and universities for fifteen years. She holds a BA in American Literature from the George Washington University, an MA in Communication from Suffolk University, and studied in the UK at the University of East Anglia.


Florian Berg

Research Affiliate

Florian is currently a Research Associate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He received his PhD in economics from Paris-Dauphine University.  During his PhD, he held a visiting research position at ETH Zurich. He also holds a BSc in economics and a MSc in financial engineering from Paris-Dauphine University.

Florian worked as a quantitative researcher at Amundi Asset Management and as a quantitative strategist/ trader at Alphadyne Asset Management. He also taught portfolio management and fixed income analysis on the satellite campus in New York of Paris-Dauphine University.

Ingo Michelfelder

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ingo Michelfelder is postdoctoral fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has set up a research group focusing on impact assessment for new ventures, aiming at understanding, measuring, forecasting and improving their sustainability value generation. This includes adapting measurement processes to the needs of startups, working with students, startups, accelerators and impact investors across the MIT ecosystem and beyond, but as well using secondary data to understand country level contributions from new ventures to sustainability. Further information can be found as well on http://www.startupimpactbenchmark.org


Ingo holds a PhD in innovation management and entrepreneurship from the Technical University Berlin, a MSc in Management from ESCP Europe and started his career in strategy consulting at the Boston Consulting Group.