Matt Kolan

Director, Leadership for Sustainability

Matt Kolan is the director of the University of Vermont’s Leadership for Sustainability Master’s Program.  Matt teaches courses on leadership; power & privilege; social change; and ecology.  His research with the Crossroads Leadership Lab explores endangered and emergent leadership practices that align with the wisdom of nature; engage complexity and multiple ways of knowing; challenge domination and oppression; and center love, well-being and learning.  Matt was the winner of the University-wide Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016 and the Outstanding Ally Award for working across difference in 2013.  Matt also partners with and provides advising, coaching and consulting to many organizations that are committed to deep equity and creating conditions for all life to thrive. He is a core faculty member with the Thousand Currents Academy and a trainer for Rockwood Leadership Institute.