Cathy Garza

Cathy Garza serves as Interim Executive Director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact (IBSI). By facilitating collaboration among IBSI’s Centers and programs, Cathy helps promote social impact research, learning, and careers.


Cathy has over two decades experience in the social sector space. With a specialty in nonprofit governance and foundation/philanthropy, Cathy has led experiential learning programming for MBA students and co-created programming for nonprofits and philanthropists.

Cathy’s ties to Haas are longstanding. She is a proud alumna and has been a staff member serving Haas students and alumni through the Center for Social Sector Leadership, the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics and Berkeley Haas’ Career Management Group.

Prior to joining Berkeley Haas, Cathy worked in commercial banking in a variety of functional areas including marketing, finance and operations. She was on the client side of some of the first asset backed securitizations of credit card receivables. A Texas native, Cathy is Bay Area educated receiving her MBA from Haas and her AB from Stanford. She is active in her local community serving on a few boards and is a founding member of a grand masters, all women’s Ultimate Frisbee team. She has found the “spirit of the game” ethos of Ultimate Frisbee to be applicable in her professional as well as personal life.

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