College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Reflecting a 30-year career of public service, social work, and education, Dr. Jonathan Scherch served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, founder and executive partner of “triple bottom line” business & NGO ventures, professor and Dean, and a Fulbright Scholar Specialist. He has consulted and guided diverse teams towards strategic innovation, business & non-profit organizational development, interdisciplinary research & education, and local-through-international sustainable development. At Walden University, he serves as Contributing Faculty for the Social Work Ph.D. / DSW Program.
In 1997, Scherch co-authored the seminal book "What Have We Done? A State of the Bioregion Report for East Tennessee and the southern Appalachian bioregion". His contributions drew from his own Social Work dissertation research which examined sustainable living practices and community development initiatives across this bioregion spanning US eight states.
Later, in 2005, at the invitation of the former Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, he facilitated sustainable agriculture training workshops with government officials, farmers and residents of Tibetan refugee settlements in southern India. Subsequently, details of this work can be found in his 2005 paper entitled Sustainability in Exile: Envisioning Permanent Culture in Tibetan Refugee Settlements, and 2012 video documentary (available online) entitled Sustainability in Exile: Tibetan Farmers Cultivating Compassion.
In 2016, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Specialist appointment in Kampala, Uganda, within Makerere University’s Department of Social Work and Social Administration (SWSA). While there, he designed a new international partnership program of Pacific Bamboo Resources, an NGO he founded in 2004. The resulting "flagship" program emerged as Bamboo for Good (B4G). B4G partners on training and projects serving critical needs — sustainable agriculture and food security, post COVID-19 recovery and community / economic resilience, environmental services such as flood / erosion mitigation, and wildlife habitat restoration and protection. The B4G mission succeeds when other organizations and their communities succeed at their mission.
In July, 2019, B4G was presented to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development as a best practice model for advancing and sustaining UN sustainable development goal (SDG) achievements. Previously, B4G was recognized in the 2018 Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development as "a best practice example of innovation in social work and social development to maintain a balance between humans and the planet."
Combining his interests in public service and technology innovation, Dr. Scherch earned his first amateur "ham" radio license in 1990, and remains an active "on-air" presence locally and internationally, including teaching demonstrations. In 2013, his published article titled There's Something in the Air: Amateur Radio and its Contributions to International Sustainable Community Development shared further perspective on related public service and personal preparedness benefits of the international amateur radio service. He presently volunteers for the Auxiliary Communication Service of the Seattle Department of Emergency Management, and the American Red Cross' chapter serving the Pacific Northwest region, using station equipment powered by a solar PV energy system he designed and installed.