Marya Cotten Gould is an author and lawyer. Prior to relocating to Vancouver, BC, Canada, Marya was a full-time law professor at Baruch College of The City University of New York, where she was the recipient of a Zicklin School of Business Teaching Excellence Award. Marya's research centered on her belief that ethical, sustainable and creative business can generate positive social and environmental change. She has published articles about the legal and business challenges of social enterprise, the power of cross-sector partnerships between corporations and non-profit organizations, and green building policy. Marya has worked as a VP for Acquisitions at the Hudson Yards Development Corporation, a non-profit set up by the Bloomberg administration to implement and manage a multi-billion dollar economic and real estate development project on the far west side of Manhattan. As a mayoral appointee, Marya previously served on the board of directors for the New York City Industrial Development Agency, which provides companies with financing and tax benefits to attract and retain diverse businesses and jobs. She also has eight years of experience as a real estate and corporate attorney, most recently at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York City. Marya received her juris doctorate from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree in Politics/Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College. She is a member of the bar in New York and Washington, as well as a LEED accredited professional.