Our Team

Executive Director

Thane Kreiner
Executive Director
Howard and Alida Charney University Professor
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 »
Neal Harrison
GSBI Program Manager
Neal has a passion for economic development and finding sustainable solutions to pressing social challenges. Read the full profile »
Andrew Lieberman
Director of New Programs, 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

Lala Faiz
Lalarukh (Lala) Faiz brings many years of experience in international development to her work in the Center's Impact Capital Program. Read the full profile »
John Kohler
Director, Impact Capital
For the past several years, John has been Director of Impact Capital at Santa Clara?s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and has also been a mentor to social entrepreneurs at the Global Social Benefit Accelerator. Read the full profile »
Nancy Lin
Program Director, Impact Capital
Nancy Lin gained experience in finance and investment management through her work with investment organizations in Taiwan and New York City. 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 »


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 »
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 »

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 »
Eric Hagan
Executive Administrator
As the Executive Administrator of the Center, Eric Hagan is responsible for ensuring staff, guests, and partners have the resources they need to succeed. 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 »
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Research Fellows

Emile McAnany
Senior Research Fellow
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 »
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 »