Professional Faculty
Center for Social Sector Leadership


Ben Mangan is on the faculty at Berkeley Haas and is the former executive director of the Center for Social Sector Leadership. He teaches two MBA classes: Strategy and Leadership for Social Impact and the Social Lean Launchpad. He brings more than 20 years of experience in social impact leadership and management, including executive roles in Ernst & Young’s Public Private Development Group, and at an early virtual currency tech firm called where he led organizational strategy.

Before joining Haas, Mangan was the president, CEO, and co-founder of EARN, a nonprofit social venture which uses the power of micro-savings and technology to help low-income workers in all 50 US states spark new cycles of prosperity. He has served on several nonprofit boards and won numerous awards, including Fast Company Social Capitalist of the Year, James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, and Tipping Point Community Award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

He is also a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and an appointee of the Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board.

Mangan currently serves on the boards of EARN and the Center for Financial Services Innovation. Ben is also an advisor to Kanarys, a startup using technology to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the worksplace.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Fintech for Good
  • Future of Work
  • Future of Wealth
  • Nonprofit, Private Sector and Government Collaboration
  • Low Income Workers
  • Behavioral Economics and Saving
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Sector Leadership
  • Lean Principles For Social Impact