Cindy Gilbert is the founding director of MCAD’s sustainable design program which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary master of arts in sustainable design that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fosters a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative, and collaborative design. The MA program blends theory, practice, and leadership into a holistic, hands-on learning experience that culminates in student-driven thesis work that brings novel, sustainability-focused products and services to fruition.
Gilbert has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability, and biomimicry. She is founder of Alula Consulting, which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Most recently, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Gilbert is based in Montana.