Jourdan Blackwell

Jourdan Blackwell

Career Interests

analytics, sustainability, strategy, corporate, consulting

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Certificate: Sustainable Systems Analysis 
Key Courses and Coursework: Operations Management, Life Cycle Analysis, developed risk analysis of sugar commodity
Independent Study Caribbean Blue Economy
Established recommendations for the aquaculture sector of Caribbean Small Island Developing States based on analysis of extensive literature review to develop infrastructure for aquaculture to be successful addressing the triple bottom line.
Masters Project: Developing Strategic Benchmarking, Innovation, and Communication in the Global Certification Market for Fair Trade USA
Activities and Societies: Executive board member Duke Sustainability Board and Ocean Policy Working Group
Bachelor of Science, May 2016
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Environmental Science and Studies
Honors: Dean's List 6 semesters

Professional Experience

Graduate Consultant, Council Fire, Remote from NC
Created work plan visual in excel and budget that was integrated into official Steering Committee outreach material for Best for campaigns in the Northeast. Developed over 10 strategy, outreach, and planning documents for the creation of the upcoming B Local Mid Atlantic campaign.

Intern, Supply Chain, Food & Beverage, Holland America Group, Santa Clarita, CA
Gathered, managed, and interpreted data on allergen information for over 80% of all food and beverages supplied to all 17 Princess ships. Created a dashboard where data was visualized and interpreted to better serve the customer and create efficiency for the corporation. Analyzed and corrected over 16,500 vendor bids for Australia and North America for Carnival Corporation. Items analyzed represented over $80 million in spend; corrections created significant cost savings. Supplier scorecard layout built for internal use. Scorecard built with triple bottom line in mind and allowed for more proactive decision making. 

Client Projects, Duke University, Durham, NC
REI: Produced a product Life Cycle Analysis and developed strategic recommendations based on a hot spot analysis. UW Health: Created strategic recommendations on energy financing presented to Sustainability Specialist

Consultant, Galuku/B Corp Certification
Project manager for team of 6 students (undergraduate and graduate). 
Created actionable strategies including development of corporate policies, social and environmental metric tracking, and a road map to obtaining B Corp certification. Created a database to track all answers and priorities from the certification assessment, allowing for coordination across team members and company leadership. 

Analyst, UN Global Compact, Durham, NC
Compiled and assessed data on corporate Carbon pricing, developed fact sheets, and examined strategies for corporate engagement in Sustainable Development Goals. 

Consultant, Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, South Caicos, TCI
Investigated Queen Conch population abundance and distribution on Turks and Caicos Islands. Enhanced management strategies for continued global distribution and regrowth of fishery. Presented findings to national government officials, business leaders, and community stakeholders

Lab Assistant, Wisconsin Crop Pathology, Madison, WI
Conducted research on potato and soybean crops with findings linked to scalable solutions for production by preventing environmental damage and economic losses. Managed data collected for over 500 pathogen tests and isolated group of six pathogens for future study of threat to US soybean populations.

Lab Assistant, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO
Provided teachers education strategies to engage students in science in formal and informal learning environments. 

Additional Information

GRI G4 trained through certified GRI partner and passed standards exam.

Technical Skills: Tableau visualization and analysis, Microsoft Excel, OpenLCA modeling, data management, SWOT analysis, Microsoft Office, EdGCM modeling, ArcGIS mapping, and, R statistical analysis

Leadership in small-scale event management: facilitated external and internal communication, marketed to university campus students, faculty, and staff  

Executive Board Member: Ocean Policy Work Group, Duke Sustainability Board


climate change
waste reduction and management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Research Institute / Think Tank