Columbine Culberg is an entrepreneur and strategic advisor with 20 years of leadership experience in conservation, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. She is dedicated to inspiring organizational transformation through creating strong communities that better protect the worlds they inhabit.
Throughout her career, Culberg has been a leader in strategic design, branding and programming. As Vice President and Partner in Beartooth, Inc., a Montana-based holding company with retail stores, including car dealerships (with more than $7 million in annual sales) and properties, Culberg developed Corporate Social Responsibility programs that brought community, sustainability, and philanthropy to business relationships and corporate identities.
Culberg developed the prototype for Subaru of America’s eco-dealer program and led her dealership to become one of the first Certified Subaru Eco-Friendly dealerships in the nation. In addition, she created a corporate donation program that included partnerships with local and national non-profits, infusing the Bozeman area community with annual donations adding up to as much as $100,000 or more. This led her to directing an award-winning cause advertising campaign, which provided much needed outreach for non-profit partners, creating a brand that helped to double the business’ market share.
In Big Sky, Montana, to create a presence for Audi customers, Culberg built a sustainable lifestyle store, combining the luxury ethos of the Audi brand with other luxury products that met sustainability standards. For two years running, it was awarded the Best of Gallatin Gateway Award as the top interior design store in Big Sky.
Culberg also developed programs for the federal government. At National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Sanctuary Program, she helped to design programs and policies that included management plans for 6 of 12 federally protected sanctuaries. Her focus on policy led to creating the national program, Ocean Etiquette, which addresses wildlife disturbance in the sanctuaries. Working with partners across the country, she developed guidelines, policy, outreach, and communications relevant to each community.
Later in her tenure with NOAA, Culberg developed a federal partnership program and California statewide public awareness campaign, Thank You Ocean, for which she received the White House Coastal America Partnership Award. The campaign brought together hundreds of ocean-related organizations through workshops and education to employ common messaging and branding for the ocean.
Having had a successful career working in business, government, and the non-profit sector—where her career started with the Nature Conservancy and The Ocean Conservancy—Culberg has had the unique opportunity to learn the mechanisms of all three sectors. Consequently, she knows how to connect seemingly disparate ideas, people, concepts, and companies in order to implement creative solutions in myriad industries always with stewardship at the core.