EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CSSL
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.”
Director of Programs
Jeff comes to CSSL with a background in nonprofit management, having worked on leadership development programs for nonprofits, foundations, and government with a focus on equity and community engagement. Jeff also has extensive nonprofit board experience, including his recent service as National President for the Japanese American Citizens League, the oldest and largest Asian American Pacific Islander civil rights organization. He received his Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College through the National Urban Fellows program and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.
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