Bruce Usher is a Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School in New York City. Professor Usher teaches MBA students on the intersection of finance, social and environmental issues, and is the Elizabeth B. Strickler ’86 and Mark T. Gallogly ’86 Faculty Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise. Professor Usher’s teaching and academic activities focus on the challenge of mitigating climate change.
UsherWorks represents the ‘practice’ side of Professor Usher’s climate change mitigation work. UsherWorks is an investment portfolio of clean energy, energy efficiency, and resource use enterprises. These companies are in early stages of development and are risky, venture investments. In most cases, Professor Usher co-invests alongside institutional investors, and often plays an active role as an advisor or director. This application of capital to solving social and environmental problems is often referred to as impact investing.
Prior to his work at Columbia Business School, Professor Usher was CEO of EcoSecurities Group plc, during which time he built it into the world’s largest carbon credit company. EcoSecurities developed more than 400 projects in 36 countries, representing approximately 10% of all projects approved by the United Nations under the Kyoto Protocol. EcoSecurities was acquired by JP Morgan in December 2009.
Professor Usher is on the Board of the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships, and is Chairman of the Investment Board of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures.