Who We Are


Founded in 2009, the Global Stewards Institute (GSI) is as a U.S. non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. GSI’s international Executive Team and Advisory Council are comprised of educators, executives, administrators, former students and practitioners from academia, the private and public sectors and non-profit organizations. The GSI team has extensive experience in higher education, management, conflict resolution and sustainability

A lean organization, GSI’s leadership team has created an efficient, tight administrative team. A dedicated team of volunteers supports the organization and a global alliance structure has been designed to implement GSI’s strategic collaborative program with universities, companies and NGOs worldwide in the development and implementation of its program and service offerings. (See “Meet Our Team” for a list of our team)

GSI’s program, The Shellback Society, is a student-led initiative designed to promote global service, peace building and community projects. Students, alumnae and interested community members have joined together to promote responsible citizenship and leadership throughout the world. Its members will also serve as peer-to-peer mentors for the Post-Voyage Work Program.

GSI’s global headquarters is located in Berkeley, California and its European regional office is located in Madrid, Spain. GSI is currently applying for NGO status in the European Union.