Over the past two decades, Drew has been committed to helping the University of Michigan become a leader in the field of sustainability. This includes conceptualizing, building, and managing programs that engage, empower, and support faculty and students from all U-M units, and helping to integrate this talent with external stakeholders to foster collaborative sustainability solutions at all scales. Drew works across all Graham Sustainability Institute initiatives to apply a systems perspective and ensure strategic alignment across all activities. This role extends to the conceptualization and development of new initiatives that advance the mission of the organization. Drew oversees all administrative, operational and financial matters for the Institute and serves as an internal and external liaison and spokesperson across all areas of Institute work. His teaching and research interests include leadership development for sustainability and the role institutional structures play in promoting or impeding sustainable behavior.
Alongside his work with Graham, Drew has directed many high-level campus sustainability planning efforts over the years, including leading the process that resulted in U-M's first campus sustainability goals (2009-2011), serving as administrative director for the President's Commission on Carbon Neutrality (2018-2021), and serving as Special Advisor to the President for Carbon Neutrality Strategy (2021-2023). Prior to joining the Graham Institute, Drew was Managing Director of U-M's Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise from 2002-2008, and previously worked in the energy sector, focusing on the commercialization of clean and renewable technologies. He conducted his graduate studies at the University of Michigan where he earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business and an MSc from the School of Natural Resources and Environment. He also holds a bachelor's degree in Business Economics from the University of Arizona.