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Tokumbo Shobowale is Executive Vice President for Business and Operations at The New School in New York, NY. He joined The New School in November 2013. In this role, Tokumbo oversees the management of The New School’s financial resources and physical infrastructure, working closely with colleagues to strengthen the university’s financial position and operating efficiency in support of its mission. He has facilitated a collaborative process to develop a university climate action plan and divest the endowment of fossil fuel holdings, overseen implementation of a cloud-based enterprise resource planning system, and worked to acquire and finance a building that will increase by 15 percent the amount of academic space owned by the university while reducing long-term operating costs. Previously Tokumbo was the director of infrastructure and the built environment for New York City’s Initiative on Rebuilding and Resiliency, a response to Hurricane Sandy. He also served as chief of staff to the deputy mayor for economic development, overseeing more than a dozen agencies, and as chief operating officer of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. In both roles, he facilitated the city’s economic diversification, particularly through the Applied Sciences Initiative, which attracted Cornell Tech to New York City and supported NYU-Poly’s creation of the Center for Urban Science and Progress. Tokumbo holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MA from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and an AB from Stanford University.