Lecturer | Strategic Advisor to the Chief Innovation & Entrepreneurship Officer

Leadership & change expert | Co-creator of Berkeley Changemaker™


Laura Hassner is a professional faculty member at Berkeley Haas and is the strategic advisor to UC Berkeley’s Chief Innovation and Entrepreneurship Officer. Hassner co-created and co-leads the Berkeley Changemaker™ (https://changemaker.berkeley.edu/) at UC Berkeley. The Berkeley Changemaker’s identity-making curriculum activates undergraduates’ passions and helps them develop a sharper sense of who they want to be and how to make that happen. Hassner also teaches in the Berkeley Changemaker suite of courses, including its signature “Course 12: The Berkeley Changemaker.”

Prior to Berkeley Haas, Hassner led innovation for a national nonprofit as a member of its founding team. Previously, as a Big Five consultant, Hassner was a financial advisor to publicly-traded and privately-owned businesses in the $100 million through billion dollar market segment.

She holds a BA, with honors, from Stanford University and an MBA, with honors, from Berkeley Haas.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Leadership & Communications
  • Product and Program Design
  • Cross-Sector Collaboration
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Planning
  • Innovation
  • Marketing