Tabitha Jensen, MBA and interdisciplinary studies alum, was named executive director of Seattle's Teen Feed in May 2013.
School of Business
Ph.D., International Politics and Public Administration, Stanford University
MA, Organizational Development, Antioch University
MA, Government and East Asian Studies, Columbia University
AB, Princeton University
- Teaches SUS 500 (Principles of Sustainability)
With experience over the last 50 years in the diplomatic corps, teaching, and both managing and consulting in small businesses, Dr. Newcomer offers students his broad perspective based on personal engagement in sustainability, international affairs, and business.
He is a partner in Catalystis Management and Executive Consulting, where he is developing a radically new approach to training small business owners to ensure high success rates that benefit all 3: communities, entrepreneurial groups and local investors. He also serves as an executive coach.
He was a co-founder of Transition PDX, the Portland outcropping of the worldwide Transition Initiatives movement, where he has focused his on local businesses, neighborhoods, and emergency preparations
He serves on the Board of Directors of MotiveSpace, a non-profit developer of community non-profit building projects.
He founded and managed Columbia Trading Company, which manufactured and sold wide plank fir flooring made from reclaimed timbers, and before that he was a consultant in trade with China with clients specializing in metals and food products. Since selling his company, he has developed an approach to greening small businesses that enables them to maintain and increase cash flow while progressively adopting environmentally responsible practices.
At various times he has been a member of The Oregon Natural Step, Portland Business Alliance, the Portland-Suzhou Sister City Committee (where he served as Chair while the Chinese Garden was being conceived), the (Portland) Mayor's Task Force on Making Portland an International City, and the Portland Peak Oil Task Force, authors of a report that influenced civic planning around the world – and opened his eyes to the pivotal role energy plays in civic life as well as in commerce.