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Jennifer M. Walske - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

Jennifer M. Walske Jennifer M. Walske

Professional Faculty | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley



Areas of Expertise (3)

Social Entrepreneurship Social Finance Human Capital


Jennifer M. Walske is a Social Impact Fellow at Berkeley Haas. Previously, she was a Program Director and Assistant Professor at the School of Management within the University of San Francisco. Walske's research focuses on emergent firms with an emphasis on how human capital, social capital, and strategy aids new firm success. Walske also founded Myriad Investments LLC in 2000 and serves as a director on several boards for both nonprofit and for-profit enterprises. Prior to her career in academia, Institutional All-American ranked her as a top software analyst. She has been a regular guest commentator on both CNN and CNBC. Walske also spent 10 years in Silicon Valley holding various marketing positions within the software industry prior to investment banking.

Education (3)

Boston University: DBA

Santa Clara University: MBA

University of California, Santa Barbara: BA, Communications Studies

Honors & Awards (5)

Outstanding Research Award

School of Management, University of San Francisco

Faculty Academic Excellence Award

School of Management, University of San Francisco

Cheit Award for Outstanding Teaching

Berkeley Haas

Best Paper

NYU Stern Conference in Social Entrepreneurship

Ranked 2nd and 3rd in research excellence, worldwide

Institutional All American
1999, 2000

Selected External Service & Affiliations (5)

  • Board of Directors, Fair Trade USA, Net Impact, San Francisco Ballet
  • Advisory Board, Better VC
  • Member, Academy of Management, Strategy and Entrepreneurship Divisions
  • Member, Social Venture Network, Investor’s Circle, NVCA
  • Member, Finance Committee, Hillary Clinton for President

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2009

2016 – present, UC Berkeley, Visiting Fellow, Blum Center for Developing Economies
2015 – 2016, University of San Francisco, Program Director, Conscious Leadership & Social Innovation, Assistant Professor
2013 – 2015, University of San Francisco, Program Director, Master in Global Entrepreneurial Management, Assistant Professor
2014 – present, Berkeley Haas, Social Impact Fellow, Institute for Business and Social Business Impact
2011 – 2012, Berkeley Haas, Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Faculty Director of the Global Social Venture Competition, Director of Social Entrepreneurship
2009 – 2011, Berkeley Haas, Senior Fellow, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship

Media Appearances (1)

Little-Loved by Scholars, Trump Also Gets Little of Their Cash

The Chronicle of Higher Education  online


"We need to embrace the diversity of thought in the classroom. That’s what makes educational institutions great—the freedom to discuss these topics."

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Selected Papers & Publications (6)

Ingredients Matter: How the Human Capital of Philanthropic and Traditional Venture Capital Differs Journal of Business Ethics

Mariarosa Scarlata, Jennifer Walske, Andrew Zacharakis


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The Effect of Founder Experience on the Performance of Philanthropic Venture Capital Firms International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship

Mariarosa Scarlata, Andrew Zacharakis, Jennifer Walske


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Revolution Foods: Expansion into the CPG Market California Management Review

Laura Tyson, Jennifer Walske


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Built to Scale; A Comparative Case Analysis, Assessing Why Some Social Enterprises Scale International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Walske, J. and Tyson, L.


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Fair Trade USA: Scaling for Impact California Management Review

Walske, J. and Tyson, L.


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What's Holding Back Social Entrepreneurship? Removing the Impediments to Theoretical Advancement Journal of Social Entrepreneurship

Susan Mueller, Robert S. D’Intino, Jennifer Walske, Michel L. Ehrenhard, Scott L. Newbert, Jeffrey A. Robinson, Jason C. Senjem


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Teaching (1)


Design, Evaluate and Scale Development Technologies
Social Innovator Onramp
Ethics and Socially Responsible Business