Our Team

Executive Director

 
Thane Kreiner
Executive Director
Howard and Alida Charney University Professor of Science and Technology for Social Benefit
Thane Kreiner, PhD, is Executive Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University. Thane was previously Founder, President, and CEO of PhyloTech, Inc. (now Second Genome), which conducts comprehensive microbial community analysis for human health applications. Read the full profile »
 

Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®)

 
Albert V. Bruno
Academic Dean, Global Social Benefit Institute
William T. Cleary Professor of Marketing
Albert V. Bruno is the William T. Cleary Professor at Santa Clara University, where he has served as founding director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, associate and acting dean, and marketing department chair. Read the full profile »
Andrew Lieberman
New Programs Director, Global Social Benefit Institute
Andy Lieberman's passion is to leverage his background in technology, education, and international development to create innovative solutions that help social enterprises scale their reach and impact. His current areas of focus are GSBI curriculum development and the GSBI Network. Read the full profile »
Hallie Noble
GSBI Program Manager
Hallie joined CSTS after spending a year and a half in Kolkata, India where she managed curriculum and scaling for Anudip Foundation and /iMerit Technology Service as a part of the America India Foundation?s William Clinton Fellowship. Read the full profile »
Pamela Roussos
Senior Director, GSBI
Pamela has been a mentor with the GSBI for 5 years. She brings many years of experience in marketing, product management, P&L responsibility and relationship management in software companies from start-ups to large firms. Read the full profile »
Cassandra Staff
Program Director, Global Social Benefit Institute
Cassandra Staff (formerly Cassandra Thomassin) graduated from Menlo College magna cum laude with a degree in business management and from Santa Clara University's MBA program with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Leading People and Organizations. Read the full profile »
Steven White
Director, GSBI Mentor Network
As Director of the GSBI Mentor Network, Steve is responsible for recruiting, training, managing and support the GSBI mentors. Read the full profile »
 

Impact Capital

 
John Kohler
Director, Impact Capital
John Kohler brings over 30 years of technology industry and business experience to the Center. He is the Director of the Impact Capital Program, a GSBI Mentor, and is working on the CSTS Horizontal Capital Aggregation Report sponsored by ANDE. Read the full profile »
 

Frugal Innovation

 
Radha Basu
Regis and Dianne McKenna Professor of Science, Technology, and Society
Dean's Executive Professor, School of Engineering
Radha Basu has over 30 years experience in executive management. She is widely recognized as a leading woman entrepreneur in technology companies and as a pioneer in the Indian software business. Read the full profile »
Elizabeth Sweeny
Program Manager, Frugal Innovation Lab
Elizabeth Sweeny is a Bay Area native, and a recent Santa Clara University graduate. As both a student and a professional, Elizabeth's passions have led her to focus on sustainability and social improvement causes. Read the full profile »
 

Education

 
Phillip Cooke SJ
Jesuit Social Entrepreneur in Residence
Fr. Phil Cooke, SJ, connects the GSBI and its Silicon Valley acumen to entrepreneurial endeavors in the Jesuit social apostolate worldwide. Read the full profile »
Emile McAnany
Assistant Director, Action Research
Emile McAnany is former Walter E. Schmidet S.J. Professor (1997-2009) at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. He was chair of the Department of Communication (1997-2002) and has been associated with the Center for Science Technology and Society at the university since the Center?s inception in 1999. Read the full profile »
Keith Douglass Warner OFM
Director, Education and Research
Keith Douglass Warner OFM directs the Center's education, fellowship, grants and action research activities. He is a practical social ethicist in the Franciscan tradition. He directs the Global Social Benefit Fellowship, which provides a comprehensive program of mentored, field-based study and research for SCU juniors within the Center's worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. Read the full profile »
 

Marketing & External Relations

 
Jaime Gusching
Marketing Manager
Jaime Gusching leads a team of five to promote the work of the Global Social Benefit Institute, GSBI Network, Impact Capital, and Education and Action Research. Read the full profile »
Jen Jayme
Director of External Relations
Jen Jayme is a seasoned fundraising professional who has worked with diverse nonprofits for 20 years, leading successful campaigns from $2 million to $20 million and advising on communications, board development and strategic planning. Read the full profile »
 

Operations & Administration

 
Cyndy Ainsworth
Director of Finance and Administration
Cyndy Ainsworth brings experience in high tech marketing and nonprofit management to her position as Director of Finance and Administration. Read the full profile »
Spencer Arnold
Director of Operations
Christopher "Spencer" Arnold holds a Master's degree in Information Systems and Technology and bachelor's in Business, specializing in Tourism and Hospitality Management both from Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Read the full profile »
 

Executive Fellows

 
Geoff Desa
Executive Fellow
Assistant Professor of Management, San Francisco State University
Geoff is an assistant professor of management in the College of Business at San Francisco State University. He is a member of the Sustainability Group within the College of Business and teaches business & society, strategic management, and social entrepreneurship. Read the full profile »
Allen Hammond
Executive Fellow
As an Executive Fellow, Dr. Hammond is focusing on the GSBI's sector strategy, initially focused on clean water. He is also on the senior leadership team of Ashoka, where he is focusing on health care and rural connectivity sector development. Read the full profile »
Rick Johnson
Executive Fellow
Rick has worked extensively on the linkage of global developments and strategies with fundamental research, innovation and entrepreneurship. He also currently works as the CEO and Founder of Global Helix LLC and as the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of three OECD/BIAC Committees. Read the full profile »
James L. Koch
Senior Founding Fellow
James L. Koch is the Don C. Dodson Distinguished Service Professor in the Leavey School of Business. He was founding director of Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society. He was also a co-founder of the Tech Museum Awards and the Global Social Benefit Institute. Read the full profile »
Barbara Krause
Executive Fellow
Barb Krause has more than 10 years' experience as a practicing attorney representing businesses at all stages of development across a broad spectrum of industry sectors. Read the full profile »
Gireesh Shrimali
Executive Fellow
Gireesh Shrimali is an Assistant Professor of Energy Economics and Business at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Read the full profile »
Tracy Weatherby
Executive Fellow
Tracy is the founder of Active Ingredient. Active Ingredient works with large companies and start-ups in software, hardware, and services to create new businesses and also works with non-profits to develop paths to sustainability. Read the full profile »
Eitan Zeira
Executive Fellow
Eitan has over 25 years experience in industry developing and managing new technology introductions to the market place. Read the full profile »
 
 
Laura Robinson
Faculty Fellow
Laura Robinson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Santa Clara University. She earned her Ph.D. from UCLA where she held a Mellon Fellowship in Latin American Studies and received a Bourse d?Accueil at the École Normale Supérieure. Read the full profile »
Mike Levenhagen
Global Social Benefit Faculty Fellow
Mike Levenhagen, MBA, Ph.D., is an adjunct lecturer in the management department at Santa Clara University. He has taught general management, strategy, and entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois, Warwick University, the University of Western Ontario, Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, and San Jose State. He has 19 teaching awards, 100+ conference presentations, management case studies, and 8 academic publications. Read the full profile »
Silvia M. Figueira
Faculty Fellow
Silvia M. Figueira received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil, and the Ph.D. degree also in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. Read the full profile »
 

Research Fellows

 
Andreas G. Hegedus
Research Fellow
Andy Hegedus is the Director of Technology at Evans Analytical Group and has worked in a broad range of industries including semiconductor, aerospace materials and photovoltaics. As a Research Fellow Andy brings to the Center expertise in off-grid energy innnovations for base-of-pyramid communities. Read the full profile »
Paola de Cecco
Research Fellow
Paola de Cecco is a Senior Lecturer at the Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development, Mpigi Town, Uganda, where she is organizing vocational engineering courses to support the diffusion of energy providing technology to rural Uganda. Read the full profile »
 


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