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Jessica Yinka Thomas

Director of Business Sustainability Collaborative and Associate Professor of Practice


Department of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Business Sustainability Collaborative

Nelson Hall 3118


Jessica Yinka Thomas has over fifteen years of experience working domestically and internationally in sustainable enterprise, social innovation and business development. She currently serves as Director of the Business Sustainability Collaborative at the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University.

Jessica previously was managing director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and program director of that center’s Business Accelerator for Sustainable Entrepreneurship.

She also has held leadership roles at Duke University’s Competition for Underserved and Resource-poor Economies (CUREs); CFED, an economic development corporation in Durham, N.C.; and new product development roles in educational toy and communications industries.

Before focusing on academic sustainability programs, she held positions in engineering and new product development.

Follow Jessica Yinka Thomas on Twitter @jyinkathomas.


MBA Duke University Fuqua School of Business 2004

B.S. Engineering Stanford 1995

Area(s) of Expertise

Social Innovation, Sustainable Business, Sustainability, B Corps/B Corporations