Patty Debenham wearing a blue dress

Patty Debenham


Patty Debenham joins Berkeley Haas having most recently served as Interim Executive Director at the Center for Psychedelics.

“Over the last year, I have helped stand up the Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics—a basic research and public education effort started by Michael Pollan and five other faculty. Before that, I led the strategic plan for Nobel Prize winner and Berkeley faculty Jennifer Doudna’s Innovative Genomics Institute. I am hooked on the power of the world’s top public university to challenge the status quo.

But, in many respects coming back to Haas is coming home. The Center for Social Sector Leadership and the Center for Responsible Business were my very first clients when I started as an independent consultant 12 years ago. I am thrilled to be back “home” at Haas. I can’t wait to meet the students and connect them to my social impact network. We all need their optimism and talents to add rocket fuel to the power of business to scale good.”

Krutika Menon


With 10 years of global experience working in nonprofits, philanthropy and health systems, Krutika has worked with diverse groups across the globe to co-create sustainable and equitable solutions to complex social problems, particularly related to health, gender and reproductive justice, through research, advocacy, systems-level interventions and community engagement. Most recently, Krutika participated in CSSL’s Philanthropy Fellows program, providing her with direct experience around the benefits of participating in a social impact program. Krutika holds a Master of Science in Social Work, with a specialization in Social Policy and International Social Work from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Social Work from the National University of Singapore. Returning to the academic space is exciting and she is looking forward to connecting with students, faculty and community partners to continue effecting change.

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