Jennifer Leitsch MS, MBA '08 | Business School Distinguished Alumni AwardApr 11, 2023
Jennifer is an accomplished sustainability executive and recognized thought leader with more than 15 years of experience leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, programs, and reporting. As a Managing Director in the Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice at Ernst & Young (EY), she leads engagements advancing sustainability strategy, climate-related initiatives, and ESG reporting with clients across the country.
Jennifer is the former VP, Corporate Responsibility for CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, where she was key in advancing their global ESG strategy. Prior to CBRE, Jennifer developed, implemented and reported on ESG strategy and programs at Prologis, the global leader in logistics real estate.
Jennifer serves on the board of directors for United Nations Global Compact Network USA, the local network chapter of the UNGC. Jennifer is a lecturer at the University of Colorado Denver Business School, where she teaches the graduate-level elective Accounting and Finance for Sustainability. She serves on the University of Colorado Denver Business School Board of Advisors as well as the University of Colorado Denver Business School Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council, which she chaired for seven years.
Jennifer has an MBA and MS in marketing from the University of Colorado Denver and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Iowa. She was named to the DiversityFIRST Top 50 Corporate Social Responsibility in 2021, Assent Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leaders in 2020 and 2019, and Environment + Energy Leader 100 in 2019.