John B. Elstrott, PhD
Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market
Founder and Emeritus Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute of Entrepreneurship at Tulane University
John B. Elstrott, Ph.D., is a well known authority on entrepreneurship in the U.S. He is currently Emeritus Executive Director of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, which he founded in 1991, through the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He periodically serves as an economic development and strategic planning consultant for state and municipal governments and the U.S. Department of Energy.
John is a renowned author and presenter, as well as the recipient of more than 50 grants and funded research projects on topics related to entrepreneurship and economics. He has been awarded numerous awards from organizations including Entrepreneur Magazine, The Princeton Review, Tulane University, New Orleans City Business and Ernst & Young. In addition to GuideStar, John also serves on the boards of PreSonus, Sambazon, Traditional Medicinals and several other companies. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods Market (WFMI-NASDAQ) and Resource Environmental Solutions. Earlier in his career, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Celestial Seasonings, Inc.
John received his PhD in Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder, and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, both in Economics, from Louisiana State University. His service to the community is long standing and includes founding the TABA Community Service Program at the Freeman School, and the Tulane Family Business Center (FBC) also at the Freeman School. John assisted with founding the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association and Tulane Business Plan Competition. He was a founding Board member of Second Harvesters of Greater New Orleans.