Management of Organizations

Leading voice on Change, Leadership, and Impact; creator of "Becoming a Changemaker" course


Alex Budak is a UC Berkeley faculty member, social entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He helps people from all walks of life go beyond themselves, become changemakers, and make a positive impact in their careers, companies, and communities. At UC Berkeley, Budak teaches his wildly-popular course “Becoming a Changemaker,” directs the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program, and is a Lecturer and Faculty Director for Berkeley Executive Education programs. His book, Becoming a Changemaker (Hachette, 2022), has been endorsed by Nobel Prize winners, Olympic athletes, and most meaningful of all—his former students who are using these ideas to change the world. A social entrepreneur at heart, Budak co-founded StartSomeGood, which has helped more than 1,200 changemakers in 50 countries raise millions of dollars to launch and scale new change initiatives. A graduate of UCLA and Georgetown University, Budak has given lectures and keynotes around the world from Cambodia to Ukraine to the Arctic Circle.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Change
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social Change
  • Social Innovation