Jennifer Walske is an Assistant Professor at the University of
San Francisco. She was previously the Faculty Director of the
Global Social Venture Competition, a worldwide program that
develops next generation social entrepreneurs, and still remains a
member of its advisory board. Dr. Walske was also the Director of
Social Entrepreneurship within the Lester Center for
Entrepreneurship, Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley. Dr.
Walske publishes and presents her research on emergent social
venture firms, with an emphasis on how human capital, social
capital, and strategy aids new firm success. Dr. Walske was the
2011 recipient of the Earl F. Cheit Award for Teaching Excellence.
She also received "Best Paper" at the NYU-Stern Conference in
Social Entrepreneurship in 2011, researching firm formation and
performance within venture philanthropy.
In 2000, Dr. Walske founded Myriad Investments, LLC, an NVCA
registered venture capital firm, where she remains a partner.
Myriad Investments participates in the Hub incubator program,
located in the Bay Area, and has had exits in the for-profit sector
including Bladelogic and Endeca. She continues to serve on the
boards of both non-profit and for-profit enterprises, including the
National Net Impact Board and is a trustee of the San Francisco
Ballet. Dr. Walske is trustee emeriti for Boston Ballet, and was an
overseer at large for WGBH, one of the largest independent
producers of content for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS),
including Emmy award winning programs such as Frontline and Nova.
Prior to her career in academia, Dr. Walske was a nationally ranked
equities analyst by Institutional All-American, and was a regular
guest commentator on CNN and CNBC. Previously, she held marketing
and sales positions within the high tech industry, based in Silicon
BA, Communications Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara
MBA, Marketing emphasis, Santa Clara University
DBA, Strategy and Policy and Entrepreneurship, Boston University