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Affiliation: 
Enterprise Community Partners
Title: 
Vice President of Green Communities

Biography

As head of Green Initiatives, Tom Osdoba leads Enterprise Community Partner’s effort to make all affordable housing green. Current work priorities include advancing sustainable development standards for housing, engaging community development organizations to lead on neighborhood-scale infrastructure, and pursuing innovative impact investing platforms to better align capital and low-income communities for sustainability-related assets. Tom is a social entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience advancing sustainability, and building and managing green organizations and communities. From 2008 to 2012 Tom served founder and principal of TAO Strategies, a management consultancy focused on sustainability strategies, social enterprise and new business development. At TAO, he worked with several cities around the country to make their energy systems cleaner and more efficient. During that time, Tom was also the first managing director of the Center for Sustainable Business at the University of Oregon, an MBA program providing training for sustainable business leaders. Prior to that, Tom was the sustainable economic development manager for Portland, Ore., where he created a strategic framework and business development strategies for a sustainable regional economy, with a focus on clean, renewable energy, green building design and construction, and regional food systems. His work helped create Clean Energy Works Oregon and the New Energy Cities partnership to help other cities pursue energy efficiency and clean energy strategies. Tom has also served as sustainability director for Vancouver, B.C. where he led initiatives for climate protection, green building and development, economic development strategy and purchasing, including award-winning initiatives for neighborhood-scale clean energy systems and community engagement on energy and climate change.