Ben Mangan

Executive Director, BerkeleyHaas Center for Social Sector Leadership

Ben Mangan has used the past 25 years to spark prosperity and possibility in new ways. Early in his career he worked as a high school teacher, a college admissions officer, and an archaeologist. He also led the public/private consulting practice for Ernst & Young’s Chicago office, and directed organizational strategy for the early micro-payments company, beenz.com. Prior to joining BerkeleyHaas full time, Mangan co-founded and ran EARN – a groundbreaking social enterprise that remains the nation’s leading microsavings provider for low-income Americans.

At BerkeleyHaas, Mangan teaches strategy and leadership for social impact as well as the Social Lean Launchpad, an intense 11-week sprint for early-stage social ventures comprised of MBAs and other graduate students. He also helps lead BerkeleyHaas’s Global Social Venture Competition.

In addition to teaching, Mangan is the BerkeleyHaas lead for a global partnership with the online learning initiative Philanthropy University, which provides free online training by the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners, for people around the world who want to increase their ability to have positive impact in the world.

Ben has been featured in Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek. He has won multiple awards, including the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and the Fast Company Social Capitalist of the Year Award.

Ben also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, and is an appointed member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Community Advisory Committee. He remains a board member at EARN. Ben holds a BA from Vassar College and an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School.