Brea Jones, Executive MBA ’16
Transforming the Nature of Business from Here
"This is where everyone wants to be, in the hub of innovation, technology, in the midst of people who are trying to solve big problems and came to San Francisco to do just that. We’re constantly surrounded by people who are changing the world.”
From The Nature Conservancy to Executive MBA, Brea Jones, Executive MBA ’16 is not your typical environmental crusader.
The Bay Area native came to the University of San Francisco (USF) to fight for the environment’s place in business.
Jones, who works full-time as the Director of Leadership Communications for The Nature Conservancy found the Executive MBA program to be the perfect fit.
She is thrilled to be able to immediately apply the knowledge she is learning in the Executive MBA program to her professional life.
“We have class one weekend per month, so when I go into work the next week I can apply what I learned in class right away,” Jones said. “For example, in financial meetings, I now have much more input to give than ever before because of classes I’m taking at USF.”
Jones also finds inspiration from the city itself and USF’s Downtown Campus.
You walk out the door and see Salesforce.com, Wells Fargo, Blue Shield, PG&E, and all the big tech companies,” Jones said. “This is where everyone wants to be, in the hub of innovation, technology, in the midst of people who are trying to solve big problems and came to San Francisco to do just that. We’re constantly surrounded by people who are changing the world.
Jones found herself surrounded by the same kind of diversity in her cohort.
The Executive MBA program is full of people who are in leadership positions from every imaginable background. There are people like myself who are in nonprofits, some who bring professional experience and a military background, and others in finance and even nuclear engineering,” Jones said. “We all joined the program for different reasons. I was looking for hard skills such as finance, accounting and business principles. Others were looking for soft skills like ethical and effective leadership tactics. Not only do we continuously learn from each other, but we have also built a very strong community.
What Jones is learning in her program and from her cohort has not only helped her in her current role, but strengthened her mission for the future.
“There are not enough people in nonprofit organizations who are trying to effect change in the business landscape,” Jones said. “I am on track to do just that as a nonprofit professional, thanks to USF’s transformative program.”