By Christina Meinberg, CRB Associate Director
The Haas School’s Center for Responsible Business (CRB) has awarded a $20,000 scholarship to Caitlyn Toombs, MBA 16, to support her focus on facilitating market development by creating smart and sustainable supply chains in emerging markets.
CRB awards the scholarship─$10,000 per year for two years─to a first-year Berkeley MBA student with a commitment to changing the world through business. The scholarship was established by Haas alumni to give students the opportunity to use their time at Haas to explore the leading edge of corporate responsibility and sustainability and grow a network of graduates leading the movement to integrate these ideas into their work.
As the Haas Center for Responsible Business alumni scholar, Toombs plans to join a corporation with strong supply chain leadership and a strong reputation for its sustainability mission in emerging markets. While at Haas, she seeks to build upon her experiences working in environmental advocacy, market development and corporate social responsibility consulting, as well as gain fundamental tools that are core to establishing a strong enterprise, regardless of its modality (for profit or not-for-profit).
Caitlyn comes to Haas from Impact Carbon, a social enterprise which began as a research center at UC Berkeley, formerly known as the Center for Entrepreneurship in International Health and Development (CEIHD). During her five years at Impact Carbon, Caitlyn oversaw energy efficiency projects and enterprise development programs in emerging markets, managing investments in biomass, renewables and safe water access. Her work has focused on building strong partnerships that create sustainable markets, protect the environment and further corporate social responsibility initiatives. Through this experience, Caitlyn has collaborated with a wide variety of international clients and partners, including American and European companies investing in sustainability as well as entrepreneurs in Africa and Asia building markets for energy-efficient technologies.
She also served as as editor of The Social Marketplace, a Base-of-the-Pyramid social marketing platform operated by Impact Carbon and supported by the CRB’s Sustainable Products and Solutions Program.