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Sophie Rifkin

Sophie Rifkin

Joined Stern 2016

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 8-48
New York, NY 10012



Sophie Waskow Rifkin joined New York University Stern School of Business Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) in March 2016 and became an Adjunct Professor in the Business and Society department in January 2018.

Professor Rifkin oversees Return on Sustainability Investment (ROSI™) methodology research partnerships with companies and teaches coursework in sustainability strategy.

She has over 12 years of experience working with organizations to grow and implement sustainability programs. As a member of the advisory services team at BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), Professor Rifkin worked with consumer sector companies to develop and implement sustainability strategies.

She spent three years as a project manager at the George Washington University where she helped launch the university’s inaugural sustainability program. Professor Rifkin began her career in sustainability at the consulting firm, SustainAbility.

Professor Rifkin holds an MPA from George Washington University, and an A.B. in English from Brown University. She is the Vice-Chair of the Pembroke Center Associates Council of Brown University.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable business
  • ESG investing

Courses Taught

  • Business & Society
  • Sustainability for Competitive Advantage
  • Sustainability Impact Consulting in Costa Rica

Academic Background

MPA, Public Administration
George Washington University

A.B., English
Brown University