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Milt Markewitz
3001 NW Fairfax Terrace
Portland, OR, 97210
503 241-7172

Objective Actively Pursue Local/State/Global Sustainability Efforts

Highlights of

  • Retired from IBM -- a broad set of cultural, technical & management experiences
  • Partnered in a Sustainable Agriculture/Horticulture Start-up Company
  • Co-founder & Director of the non-profit -- Organizational Learning Center-NW
  • On several other Boards related to Spirituality, World Peace and Interfaith
  • Past President of P’nai Or -- a Jewish Renewal Congregation

International Business Machines 1965-1991


I joined the company as a computer programmer in Palo Alto, California. While working for IBM I was able to live and work abroad -- Europe, South America, and the Far East where I learned to appreciate how differently various cultures approach life -- how they plan, design, live their lives, bond as cultures, relate to the world of nature, and address their spirituality. My orientation was projects -- creation, design, implementation and management, and included programming systems, product design, and organizational improvements.


  • Developed and installed IBM’s 1st centralized order processing system
  • 1st Manufacturing Division person to attend IBM’s System Research Institute
  • Led a team that designed & installed a common plant system in Japan & S.A.
  • Managed extraordinarily successful System Engineering and Sale Teams

Contribution 1991-Present

When I make a significant life change, I go back to school While at Portland State University (PSU) I read Peter Senge’s, “The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of Learning Organizations” . And through fortuitous circumstances I met Dr. Senge, got immersed in public education, systems thinking, and sustainability. I am particularly focused on the spiritual facet of sustainability through a statewide, grass roots intervention that institutionalizes our learning and commitments in education, business, community, faith institutions.


  • Co-founded a non-profit whose mission was to bring learning organization concepts and principles to elementary and secondary education.
  • Led a task force to define an ‘excellent education system’ around purpose, principles, and best education practices -- linking public education to the long range quality of life, civility, and economic goals of their communities.
  • For my Consultation Project at Antioch and Case Western Reserve, I worked with one community to define their desired future in terms of balanced sustainability in a ‘Learning Community’ partnership with their public schools.
  • Authoring an Internet Workbook, “Appreciative Sustainability: Finding our Ethical Compass”


Bachelor of Arts in Math-Physics, Whitman College 1962
Masters of Business Administration, PACE University 1976
PhD courses in System Science, Education, & Public Policy, Portland State University 1991-1998
Appreciative Inquiry Certification, Case Western Reserve University 2003
Master of Arts in Whole System Design, Antioch University 2003


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