Adjunct Professor of Management
Subject Area(s): Strategy and Business Economics, Ethics and Social Responsibility
Jeff founded J. Gowdy Consulting in 2006 and helps clients large and small develop profitable solutions around sustainability and social responsibility. Jeff has consulted for Bridgestone Americas on energy/carbon, green building, waste recycling, office recycling and water strategy projects for six years. Jeff also led the value chain analysis and sustainability strategy during the launch of Ingram Barge's sustainability initiative. He has worked with other organizations including Gaylord Entertainment, Vanderbilt University, World Wildlife Fund, Conservation Services Group, Orchard Advisors, and the Cumberland River Compact.
Outside of Nashville Jeff has worked on a variety of key sustainability initiatives including the rollout of Walmart's Sustainable Value Network with a large distributor in Knoxville. He created a green consumer segmentation analysis for Lexmark Printers in Louisville, KY, which was key in targeting new consumer segments and R&D of new products. While earning his MBA, Jeff created a supply chain scorecard for Home Depot that incorporated both environmental and labor metrics into sourcing decisions to reduce overall purchasing risk. As an intern for Greenorder, Jeff authored a communications strategy plan for ecomagination, GE’s multi-billion dollar growth strategy focused on environmentally leading products, and co-led the creation and deployment of an internal training program for GE leaders.
In 2011 Jeff was named Affiliate with Viridis Strategy Group, one of the world’s leading sustainability consulting firms originally founded by Dan Esty, author of the award-winning book Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage. Viridis recently merged with PwC.
Jeff teaches Sustainability and Social Responsibility at the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, where he is adjunct assistant professor.
An active community volunteer and leader, Jeff co-founded the Nashville Net Impact chapter. He is board chair of the Middle Tennessee Clean Air Partnership and serves on the boards of Urban Green Lab, Greenloop Nashville and Yum Butter, a social enterprise based in Wisconsin. He is the resident expert on sustainability for the Greener Nashville website, where he writes the blog "Gowdy's Corner." He is a long-standing member of the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Pollution Prevention Planning Team. In 2010 and 2011, his company was recognized by NashvillePost Magazine as one of 50 “Green Heroes in Business.” Jeff was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s 2011 40 Under 40 Class, and he received a 2011 Nashville Emerging Leaders Award (NELA), presented annually by the Nashville Area Chamber and YP Nashville.
While earning his MBA, Jeff received the Owen Service Award for his leadership in bringing to Owen the global Net Impact conference, the largest conference ever held on Vanderbilt's campus, drawing well over 2,000 students and professionals from around the world.
Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia and his Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management.
MBA, Vanderbilt, 2006
BS, Virginia, 1997
Area(s) of Expertise:
Strategy and Environmental Management