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Ben Mangan - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

Ben Mangan Ben Mangan

Professional Faculty | Executive Director, Center for Social Sector Leadership | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley



Areas of Expertise (9)

Fintech for Good Future of Work Future of Wealth Nonprofit, Private Sector and Government Collaboration Low Income Workers Behavioral Economics and Saving Social Entrepreneurship Social Sector Leadership Lean Principles For Social Impact


Ben Mangan is Executive Director of the Center for Social Sector Leadership and is on the faculty at Berkeley Haas. He teaches two MBA classes: Strategy and Leadership for Social Impact and the Social Lean Launchpad. He brings more than 20 years of experience in social impact leadership and management, including executive roles in Ernst & Young’s Public Private Development Group, and at an early virtual currency tech firm called beenz.com where he led organizational strategy.

Before joining Haas, Mangan was the president, CEO, and co-founder of EARN, a nonprofit social venture which uses the power of micro-savings and technology to help low-income workers in all 50 US states spark new cycles of prosperity. He has served on several nonprofit boards and won numerous awards, including Fast Company Social Capitalist of the Year, James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, and Tipping Point Community Award. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School.

He is also a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and an appointee of the Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board.

Mangan currently serves on the boards of EARN and the Center for Financial Services Innovation. Ben is also an advisor to Kanarys, a startup using technology to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the worksplace.






Unleashing American Possibility: Ben Mangan at TEDxPresidio


Education (2)

Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government: MPP

Vassar College: AB, History

Honors & Awards (3)

Social Capitalist of the Year Award

Fast Company

Leadership Award

James Irvine Foundation

Tipping Point Award

Tipping Point

Selected External Service & Affiliations (10)

  • Appointed Member, Federal Reserve Board Community Advisory Council
  • Board Director, EARN
  • Influencer, LinkedIn
  • Active advisor and mentor to social ventures
  • Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute, Financial Security Program
  • Curriculum Committee Member, PhilanthropyU
  • 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

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2011

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

Media Appearances (6)

Startup loans to black entrepreneurs to ‘interject some balance in capitalism'

San Francisco Chronicle  online


Oakland's Runway Project offers loans and other support to help black entrepreneurs start businesses. “There’s a huge need for this kind of capital, and it’s almost impossible to find it," said Lecturer Ben Mangan, Executive Director Center for Social Sector Leadership.

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What Happens To Job Benefits In A Gig Economy?

International Business Times  online


“A lot of them genuinely see the risk this poses ethically, economically, societally and politically,” says Ben Mangan, a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. “They like to fix a big problem...

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Will universal basic income end inequality? Maybe.

TED Ideas  online


Universal basic income (UBI) is a provocative idea that’s enjoying a huge surge of attention right now. The concept is simple: a government would provide unconditional payments (proposed amounts range from $10,000 to $25,000 a year) to its citizens that would cover their basic necessities — no job required. Advocates have heralded UBI as a solution to the financial insecurity that plagues workers and to the widening wealth gap seen in developed nations. As the world swirls with concern about technology’s impact on work, some big thinkers believe that guaranteed basic income is an essential ingredient in a future where robots take many more of the jobs humans do now...

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California Today: $8 Million in Tech Money for the Bay Area Arts

NY Times  online


“It’s hard to raise money for the arts,” said Ben Mangan, the executive director of the Center for Social Sector Leadership at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. “The arts don’t fall neatly into a category of a problem to solve...

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RANKED: The World's 25 Best Business Schools For Social Impact

Business Because  online


Ben Mangan, executive director of the Center for Social Sector Leadership at California’s Haas School of Business, says there’s a broad desire among millennials to achieve social impact in whatever they spend their time on.

“They want more meaning in their careers,” he says.

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Foundation turns into a liability for Hillary Clinton

SF Chronicle  online


“There is a lot of potency and cachet to the Clinton name,” said Ben Mangan, executive director of the Center for Social Sector Leadership at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. “They have a convening power to bring together unlikely bedfellows that’s very unusual at that scale. To solve complicated international problems, you need proportionately large and complex answers...

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Selected Papers & Publications (6)

Three Ways Universities Can Dramatically Advance Social Enterprise Stanford Social Innovation Review

Ben Mangan, Claire Markham, Kristiana Raube

March 2017

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Will universal basic income end inequality? Maybe. Ideas.Ted.Com

Ben Mangan

Jan. 2017

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Is Your Nonprofit Really Ready to use the Lean Startup? Stanford Social Innovation Review

Ben Mangan


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The Ugly Truth About Scale Stanford Social Innovation Review

Ben Mangan


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How America’s Poorest Can Save the Most San Francisco Chronicle

Ben Mangan and Eric Weaver

Feb. 2006

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Joining the Ownership Society Sacramento Bee

Ben Mangan and Anne Stuhldreher


Teaching (3)

Social Lean Launchpad


Social Impact Strategy and Leadership


Management of Nonprofits and Social Ventures