Presidio Graduate School

Among the world’s first and leading sustainability graduate schools, Presidio was founded on the simple premise that we inhabit a world increasingly defined by our shared destiny, not our differences, where private enterprise and the public sector, commerce and the common good, are companions, not competitors. In 2003, Presidio pioneered the field of sustainable management education with 22 students and a handful of faculty. Today, Presidio has an accomplished team of over 40 faculty and staff, 250 students, and a global reputation. We offer three path breaking degree programs — MBA, MPA, and a Dual MBA/MPA — as well as an Executive Certificate, all in sustainable management. With more than 500 business and public administration alumni at the forefront of the field, Presidio has become a hub for sustainability innovation and impact, helping forge a new sector at the intersection of for-profit and for-benefit. The MBA at Presidio Graduate School was ranked #1 for Social Impact by Net Impact.

Collaborating members of Presidio Graduate School
Steven Crane, Ph.D. – Dean Witter Foundation Faculty in Sustainable Management

Steven M. Crane MBA, PhD is a consultant, educator and expert in sustainable finance.  He has over two decades of designing and implementing sustainable change strategies for social enterprises by aligning financial management, relationship development, and organizational behavior. His passion is to identify strategies that strengthen the financial position and sustainability of enterprises and deliver positive social impacts.  

The seeds for his passion originated during his two decades as a commercial banker in a large regional Bank. He began a search for business models that were more financially sustainable having experienced the peaks and flows of business cycles and their impact on his client’s businesses.  Steve sensed that change was needed in how businesses were managed and how decisions were made. The search eventually led him to explore the field of organizational change and he decided to make a career shift and earned a doctorate in Organization Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.  With this additional know how he was now able to provide a more holistic approach to helping business achieve financial and social sustainability.

After completing his graduate work he advised various enterprises using this holistic approach.  These advisory relationships included Greater Bay Bank Corp, California Bank & Trust and Mid-Peninsula Bank, Charles Schwab & Co., the East Bay Conservation Corps, and various other SME’s. In addition to the consulting work, Steve has been teaching Finance in graduate schools for the past 17 years and has been at Presidio Graduate School since September 2007 teaching a Managerial Finance course that fully integrates sustainability.  At Presidio he also taught and co-managed the Executive Certificate Program in Sustainable Management and taught Capstone and Capital Markets.  He is a member of the core faculty team at Presidio and continues to teach the Managerial Course along with holding various academic administrative responsibilities.

The Presidio experience has expanded his holistic approach toward the evolving field of Sustainable Finance which attempts to unify value from three forms of capital; social, ecological, and financial. In 2014 he co-founded the Garrison Project which brought together a group of educators from the fields of finance, accounting, and quantitative methods (FAQ) to explore reframing the concept of value and expand a network of higher education educators who wish to advance the integration of sustainability into FAQ. Although he has spent most of his adulthood in the San Francisco Bay Area, he still claims roots in Michigan where he was born, raised and received his BA degree in Art History with a focus on Asian Art and Culture from the University of Michigan. 


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