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Ben Mangan

Executive Director and Lecturer
Center for Social Sector Leadership
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Academic Status: On duty
Personal Homepage: http://linkedin.com/in/benmangan
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)
LinkedIn Profile


MPP, Kennedy School of Goverment, Harvard University
AB, History, Vassar College

Positions Held

2014 – present, Executive Director, Center for Social Sector Leadership, Haas School of Business
2011 – present, Lecturer, Haas School of Business
2001 – 2014, President, CEO and Cofounder, EARN
2000 – 2001 Director of Organizational Strategy, beenz.com
1998 – 2000, Midwest Public-Private Practice Leader, Ernst & Young Consulting

Visiting Positions

Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute, Financial Security Program
Curriculum Committee Member, PhilanthropyU

External Service and Assignments


  • Appointed Member, Federal Reserve Board Community Advisory Council
  • Board Director, EARN
  • Influencer, LinkedIn
  • Active advisor and mentor to social ventures


  • Board Director, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
  • Board Director, SaveTogether
  • Board Director, MEDA
  • Board Director, San Francisco Private Industry Council, appointed by Mayor
    Gavin Newsom

Current Research and Interests

  • Lean principles for social impact
  • Social Sector Leadership
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Behavioral economics and saving among low income workers
  • New models for nonprofit, private sector, government collaboration
  • Key factors in generating long term prosperity for low income workers

Selected Papers and Publications

  • “Is Your Nonprofit Really Ready to use the Lean Startup?”, Stanford Social Innovation Review, March 2014
  • “The Ugly Truth About Scale”, Stanford Social Innovation Review, March 2013
  • “Unleashing American Possibility” TedX Presidio, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKwOcav6HGA
  • “How America’s Poorest Can Save the Most” (with Eric Weaver), San Francisco Chronicle, 2006
  • “Joining the Ownership Society” (with Anne Stuhldreher), Sacramento Bee, 2005


  • Social Lean Launchpad (MBA)
  • Social Impact Strategy and Leadership (MBA)
  • Management of Nonprofits and Social Ventures (UGBA)

Honors and Awards

  • Fast Company Social Capitalist of the Year Award
  • James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award
  • Tipping Point Award


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