About The Center for Social Sector Leadership

The Center for Social Sector Leadership inspires the next generation of leaders to create and seize opportunities to achieve social impact across sectors. We are ranked #4 in Best Business Schools Specialty Rankings for Nonprofit (US News & World Report 2018).


Student learning is at the core of our mission. We offer a robust portfolio of courses taught by a distinguished faculty of practitioners, researchers and established leaders in the field.

Experiential Learning

An array of hands-on fieldwork opportunities for students to grapple with the issues facing the nonprofit and public sectors. Students strengthen their skills while developing mission-critical projects for leading edge organizations.


The Center conducts research on cutting edge issues including multi-sector leadership, nonprofit networks, social capital and social impact assessment.

Career Development

The Center offers career advising, mentoring and networking opportunities to assist students and alumni to reach their goals and to found, lead, manage and govern in and across the nonprofit, public and private sectors.


Impact Speakers Series brings together thought leaders from the philanthropic community with Haas students and alumni in a yearlong speaker series that tackles cutting-edge issues and explores best practices for social impact.

About the Institute for Business & Social Impact

The Center for Social Sector Leadership is part of the Institute for Business & Social Impact, which brings together six Centers and programs to empower members of the Berkeley Haas community to develop innovative solutions to urgent social and environmental challenges.

About the Haas School of Business

As the second-oldest business school in the United States, the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley is one of the world’s leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all areas of business — which includes the distinction of having two of its faculty members receive the Nobel Prize in Economics over the past 20 years. The school offers outstanding management education to about 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students each year who come from around the world to study in one of its six degree-granting programs. The school has 40,000 alumni.

The school’s mission is “to develop leaders who redefine how we do business.” The school’s distinctive culture is defined by four defining leadership principles:

  • Question the Status Quo
  • Confidence Without Attitude
  • Students Always
  • Beyond Yourself

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