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Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs
Finance and Economics
Joined CBS in 2013
Travis Bradford is the president and founder of the Prometheus Institute for Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization focused on harnessing the power of the business sector to develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions in technologies, including energy, water, food, and recycling. Through the Institute, he helped launch Greentech Media and the Carbon War Room.
In addition to teaching at Columbia Business School, he also teaches two courses at SIPA and in the Earth Institute's Masters in Sustainability Management. Bradford has lectured on finance, entrepreneurship, and alternative energy economics at many leading universities in the U.S, and was previously a professor at the University of Chicago and Duke University MBA programs on Energy Innovation.
His published works include Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry, published by the MIT Press, and "Private Equity: Sources and Uses" in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, in addition to dozens of global market research reports on the energy industry.
Bradford earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Georgia State University in 1992 and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business in 1996. In 2006, he received an MPA degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He has previously worked at the Federal Reserve and as a partner at various public and private equity and venture investment firms in the cleantech sector and beyond.