John Stayton

Educational Innovator

John Stayton creates, builds and grows innovative educational programs and initiatives. He currently serves as Executive Director of Graduate and Executive Programs in Sonoma State’s School of Business and Economics, where he is responsible for MBA, Executive MBA, Wine MBA and Wine Executive MBA programs.

In the late 1990s, John desired to leverage his backgrounds in high-tech industrial business development and organic farming by developing a profession that would serve the environment and society. In 2000, he cofounded the world’s first graduate program in sustainable business that, in 2002, became known as the Green MBA. John directed the Green MBA at Dominican University of California until 2009 and grew enrollment to 130 students.

In 2010, John cofounded the Venture Greenhouse at Dominican and served as its Director until 2013, when he joined Sonoma State. The Venture Greenhouse provided facilities and services to innovative, scalable, sustainable ventures from diverse industries.

John is also a Visiting Professor teaching about Sustainable Business for the International MBA program at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. John and his wife Ana own and reside at Golden Nectar Farm, an organic fruit farm near Windsor, CA.

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Executive Director of Graduate and Executive Programs