Nora Silver

Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Sector Leadership

Nora is the Founder and Faculty Director of the Center for Social Sector Leadership and Adjunct Professor at University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business. She led the Center to be ranked second in the country (US News & World Report, 2017). The Center was also ranked first among business schools in social impact (Business as Unusual, 2014).

Nora is a serial entrepreneur, having founded a number of nonprofit social enterprises. She was founder of a unique collaboration of corporate, community and family foundations united to strengthen and diversify volunteerism in the United States. She also founded a groundbreaking enterprise that examined traditional notions of community service and taught a broad range of organizations to better engage volunteers. Early in her career, she served as executive director of a domestic violence organization, taught Spanish in an inner city school, and worked as a psychotherapist in private practice.

As an organizational consultant, Nora has worked with hundreds of organizations worldwide – including nonprofits, businesses, governments, foundations, and universities – on strategy and organizational development, cross-sector collaboration, community engagement, and board and executive development. Nora served as a senior trainer for the Peter F. Drucker Foundation.

Nora holds a Ph.D. in organizational and clinical psychology. She is the author of Telling the Whole Story: Voices of Ethnic Volunteers in America, and At The Heart: The New Volunteer Challenge to Community Agencies. She has also authored papers on multi-sector leadership, nonprofit networks, and next generation social sector leadership.

Courses taught: Large Scale Social Change: Social Movements, Social Sector Solutions

Nora can be reached at 510-642-1625 or by email.

Colin Boyle

Colin Boyle

Lecturer at the Haas School of Business

Colin Boyle is an educator and consultant who has spent most of his career at the intersection of the public, private and social sectors. For the last 10 years, he has been a member of the professional faculty at the Berkeley Haas School of Business at the University of California, where he teaches graduate-level courses on management, strategy, and impact measurement in the social sector. From 2012 to 2020, Colin was Deputy Director for the Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS) at the University of California, San Francisco, where he oversaw efforts to grow the Institute’s research and education programs, which led to a tripling of revenues. Prior to his move into academia, Colin was a Partner and Managing Director with The Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco for 15 years, where he worked with clients in the health care sector, global health, and philanthropy. He has served on the Board of the Oakland Museum of California and the Bay Area Global Health Alliance.

Courses Taught: Social Impact Strategy and Leadership, Social Impact Metrics

Courtney Buechert

Chief Executive Officer at Eleven Inc.

Courtney is Chief Executive Officer at Eleven Inc. As a a second-generation advertising San Franciscan, Courtney has worked at a number of the city’s most admired agencies – from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners to global powerhouse McCann Erickson. Working closely with companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Virgin America, Visa, Union Bank and Adidas, he has had the opportunity to learn from some of the most progressive marketers in the world. As father and husband, and as a trained biologist and teacher, Courtney pursues business challenges that bring value to our lives.

Courses Taught: Social Impact Marketing

Jorge Calderon

Jorge Calderon

Lecturer of Business & Social Impact

Jorge Calderon is a career entrepreneur, venture investment professional, management consultant, and innovation educator. Calderon is Managing Director for Impact Investments at Hispanics in Philanthropy, where he leads a fund that invests Latinx-led startups. Calderon previously founded Eddily, a skill-building and campus recruiting software platform for college students, and Impact Strategy Advisors (ISA), a boutique social venture and investment design consulting firm focused on helping capital sources and operating companies transform intentional social purpose into economic and positive impact value. He has broad expertise in a variety of social themes, including education, economic development, diversity/inclusion, job creation, poverty alleviation, access to food, technology for change, and the field of impact investing. Calderon is the author of the Startup Discovery Method and Purpose-Driven Design frameworks. He has been a professional faculty member at the Haas School of Business since 2014, where he has built the Impact Startup LaunchPad, Startup Disco, and Berkeley Impact Venture Partners (BIVP) curricula, and founded the Amp Impact Accelerator. He has also been a fellow within the Institute for Business and Social Impact, was part of the faculty team for the LAUNCH accelerator, and was the faculty director for the Global Social Venture Competition. He is actively involved with campus-based inclusive innovation programs. Through Berkeley Haas, Calderon received the Richard H. Holton Teaching Fellow Award, Berkeley Haas Best Case Award, and a Continuing Lecturer appointment. Previously, Calderon founded Springworks, a program lab committed to developing paths for women and minorities in innovation-related careers; was the founding Director for the West Coast office of a tech-focused, seed-stage venture capital firm; and had roles in top-tier management consulting, banking, and technology companies. Calderon is a University of Michigan graduate and received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Courses Taught: Impact Start-up Disco, Impact Launchpad

Brent Copen

Chief Financial Officer at LifeLong Medical Care

Brent is dedicated to strengthening the sector by helping nonprofits develop more robust financial management practices. He has presented hundreds of workshops and training nationally to CEO’s, board members, funders and emerging leaders; and has consulted extensively to a wide variety of nonprofits across sub-sectors. Copen currently holds four graduate level teaching positions at U.C. Berkeley.

Copen co-authored The Nonprofit Business Plan, a practical guide to help nonprofit leaders establish a sustainable, results-driven business plan. Copen is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center. He received a Master in Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Courses Taught: Strategic Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations

Joe Dougherty

Partner at Dalberg Advisors

Joe leads Dalberg’s office in San Francisco. He has served as a trusted advisor to social enterprises, government agencies, foundations and corporations for twenty years and has worked in thirty countries. He served as Vice President of an award-winning social enterprise and has taught graduate courses in consulting skills and project management at The Johns Hopkins University and at UNC Wilmington.

Courses Taught: Social Sector Solutions, Management Consulting Skills for Social Impact, Leading Nonprofit and Social Enterprises

Paul Jansen

Director Emeritus from McKinsey & Company

Paul is Director Emeritus from McKinsey & Company and Adjunct Professor at the Haas School of Business. At McKinsey & Company, he co-founded and led the Global Nonprofit Practice serving leading nonprofits and foundations on issues of strategy and organization. He is the author of many articles and reports challenging sector beliefs about performance, including a co-authored report entitled, The Dynamic Board: Lessons from High-Performing Nonprofits.

Paul currently serves as the board chair of CARE USA, a nonprofit focused on poverty alleviation in the poorest countries of the world; as a director of the SCE Fund, a foundation focused on helping students develop 21st century skills; and as a director of Zymergen, a biotech start-up.  Paul previously served on the board of the SF Zoo, including 4 years as Board Chair.

Courses Taught: Social Sector Solutions, Nonprofit Boards: Governance and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations

Bree Jenkins

Bree Jenkins

Lecturer and Senior Leadership Development Associate at Pixar Animation Studios

Bree, a Haas MBA alumna, is a facilitator and designer of classes and workshops on Leading Inclusively, Effective Communication, Value of Feedback, Navigating Difficult Conversations and the Art of Listening.

Courses taught: Difficult Conversations: Conflict Lab

Colin Lacon

Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Office of the Mayor in the City and County of San Francisco

Colin is Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Office of the Mayor in the City and County of San Francisco. As a senior advisor, he is responsible for creating, coordinating, and facilitating public/private partnerships for the benefit of the residents of San Francisco. Prior to joining the City of San Francisco, Colin was the President and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers (NCG); he also served as Senior Program Officer for the Strengthening Communities Program at the Stuart Foundation; and held several positions for the City of Oakland, including Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Director of Strategic Grants Management in the Office of the City Manager.

Courses Taught: Cal Strategic Philanthropy, Cross-Cultural Philanthropy

Lynne LaMarca Heinrich

Of Counsel with Marts & Lundy, Inc.

Lynne is Of Counsel to Marts & Lundy, Inc. where she serves cultural and educational institutions, foundations, environmental and conservation organizations, and health and human service agencies. She has worked closely with faculty, boards, staff, and donors to provide strategic planning and advancement counsel, board leadership and governance training, and counsel for organizational change. She is a member of the CSSL Advisory Board.

Courses Taught: Nonprofit Boards: Governance and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations

Francesca LeBaron

Certified Public Mediator, Executive Coach, & Inclusive Leadership Practitioner

Francesca is a Certified Public Mediator, Executive Coach, & Inclusive Leadership Practitioner. A Haas MBA alumna, she is a Restorative Justice Practitioner & Non-Violent Communication Practitioner and a Lecturer at UC Berkeley Haas, Equity Fluent Leadership. She also serves as Executive and Leadership Coach & DEI Advisory Board, UC Berkeley SkyDeck.

Courses Taught: Difficult Conversations: Conflict Lab


Gloria Lee

Entrepeneur, Leader, and Innovator in Public Education

Gloria is an education entrepreneur who has founded and led multiple organizations focused on improving student learning experiences for children farthest from opportunity in the United States, including Educate78 (Oakland-focused accelerator for new schools, collective action, professional learning, and family voice), NewSchools Venture Fund (a venture philanthropy), Teaching Channel (professional development video platform), Yu Ming Charter School (California’s first Mandarin immersion charter school) and Aspire Public Schools (one of the nation’s leading charter management organizations). She serves on the Boards of the National Equity Project and The Oakland REACH and is the author of “The Impact Triangle,” a chapter in Frontiers in Social Innovation. She received her BS in Agricultural Economics at Cornell University, and MBA and MA in Education at Stanford University, where she also teaches a graduate course on education entrepreneurship.

Courses Taught: Education Entrepeneurship

Alicia E. Perez

Legislative and Community Development Director at SafePassages

Alicia is Legislative and Community Development Director at SafePassages, a nonprofit that works to strengthen the safety net for poor people and level the playing field for marginalized students, families, and communities in Alameda County. Prior to Safe Passages, Alicia Perez worked in the Office of the Superintendent for Oakland Unified District. She oversaw the district’s outreach efforts for the opening of schools and student registration, the district’s state and federal advocacy efforts, and the implementation of several social service programs for students. In the legislative realm, Ms. Perez has been a policy advisor for former Assembly Member Delaine Eastin and Oakland Councilmember Nancy J. Nadel. She has worked in the creation and implementation of social programs for children and families in Oakland and Chicago, and internationally in El Salvador, Colombia, and Spain. Alicia E. Perez holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She earned her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Social Welfare and Comparative Literature.

Courses Taught: Cal Strategic Philanthropy, Cross-Cultural Philanthropy

Jill Vialet

2021-2022 Visiting Scholar

Jill Vialet is a serial social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Playworks, the co-founder of Substantial, and the co-founder of Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art. Vialet was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2004, named by Forbes as one of 30 social entrepreneurs on its ‘Impact 30’ list in 2011, and received a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2013. Jill joins CSSL as a Fellow in 2021 to develop entrepreneurial ways to strengthen democracy by pairing new democracy entrepreneurs with experienced social entrepreneurs, to accelerate democracy entrepreneurship.

Courses Taught: Social Entreprenuership