Faculty & Research

As a Berkeley MBA for Executives student, you study with faculty drawn from the same pool as our full-time MBA program, professors who are among the most innovative, influential scholars in the world of business—and who incorporate the workplace experience of our high-achieving students into classroom learning.

Preeminent Researchers

Berkeley Haas professors are discoverers of knowledge that brings new insights to organizational, management, and financial practices. Their ideas are applied in businesses around the world—and integrated into the classroom experience. Berkeley Haas research has garnered global recognition, including two Nobel Prizes in Economics since 1994.

Leading Practitioners

Your adjunct professors and lecturers are experienced industry practitioners, such as: Peter Goodson, a private equity pioneer who teaches the M&A course; Sara Beckman, a leader in introducing design thinking into MBA classrooms who teaches the Applied Innovation Immersion Week; and Mark Rittenberg, an executive coach who has empowered leaders worldwide for more than 20 years and teaches Leadership Communication.

Passionate, Accessible Teachers

Berkeley Haas faculty members are skilled teachers, able to convey complex issues clearly and memorably. They appreciate the depth of expertise executive MBA students bring to the program and frequently engage in lively discussion both in and out of the classroom. The intense shared experience of field immersions fosters especially meaningful connections between students and faculty.

Distinguished Public Service

Many of our faculty have distinguished themselves through public service, such as Haas Professor Emeritus Janet Yellen, former Chair of the Federal Reserve, and Professor Laura Tyson, who has served as an advisor to Presidents: Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and leads our Institute for Business & Social Impact.

Renowned Research Hubs

Berkeley Haas is home to leading research centers and institutes that also serve as hubs for student education and activity, through guest speakers, experiential learning opportunities, fellowships, and case competitions. These include the Berkeley Haas Entrepreneurship Program, the Institute for Business & Social Impact, the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics, and the Energy Institute at Haas.

Meet Some Berkeley Haas Faculty

Laura Kray

Laura Kray is a leading expert on the social psychological barriers influencing women’s career attainment. Kray founded the Women’s Executive Leadership Program of Berkeley Executive Education in 2008 and she remains the faculty director today. She is also the faculty director of the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership. She teaches the executive MBA elective Negotiations.

Maura O’Neill

Distinguished Teaching Fellow Maura O’Neill has founded four companies, served as a Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate and was appointed the first Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development by President Obama. A serial entrepreneur, O’Neill founded four companies in the fields of electricity efficiency, smart grid and customer info systems and billing, e-commerce, and digital education.

Sharat Raghavan

Sharat Raghavan’s areas of focus include venture capital, financing contracts, and the application of data science to both public and private investing. Previously, Raghavan co-founded Ericsson Venture Partners, a venture capital fund backed by Ericsson and Merrill Lynch. He currently is working in the technology industry leading economic research for an internet marketplace.

Toby Stuart

A top thought leader in strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Professor Toby Stuart has built his career studying networks while tapping his own impressive connections to create the executive MBA program's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Immersion in Silicon Valley. 

Reed Walker

Reed Walker is an Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy and Economics at UC Berkeley, and teaches the Data and Decisions class for the executive MBA program. His research explores the social costs of environmental externalities, such as air pollution and how regulations to limit these externalities contribute to gains and/or losses to the economy. He is the faculty co-director of the UC Berkeley Opportunity Lab’s Climate and Environment Initiative