Advisory Board

The I School Advisory Board is made up of respected business leaders, technologists, and creative thinkers from Silicon Valley and beyond. The board provides external perspective, vision, and support for the school's programs, strategic direction, and overall objectives.

Advisory Board Members

Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk

Carl Bass is the president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, the developers of HOOPS, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993; he previously served as Autodesk’s chief operating officer, responsible for worldwide sales, marketing, and product development.


danah boyd

danah boyd is a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, a research assistant professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and an alumna of the School of Information, where she received her Ph.D in 2008. Dr. boyd is “the reigning expert on how young people use the Internet,” according to Fortune Magazine, who named her the smartest academic in tech. The Washington Post dubbed boyd “the high priestess of social networking”.


Genevieve Bell, director of interaction & experience research, Intel

Genevieve Bell is an anthropologist and researcher and the director of Intel Corporation's Interaction and Experience Research. She is an official "Thinker in Residence" of South Australia, and has been named one of the top 25 women in technology to watch and one of the 100 most creative people in business.


Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr &

Caterina Fake is the co-founder of Flickr and Hunch. Before founding Flickr, Fake was the art director of; after Yahoo's acquisition of Flickr, she ran Yahoo's technology development group. She is also on the board of directors of Creative Commons and the chairman of the board of Etsy. She has been named one of BusinessWeek's Best Leaders of 2005, Forbes 2005 eGang, Fast Company's Fast 50, Red Herring's 20 Entrepreneurs under 35, and Time Magazine's 100 most influential people.


Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn; partner, Greylock Capital

Reid Hoffman is a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, executive, and investor who has been integral to building many of today's leading Internet-based consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He co-founded LinkedIn and served as CEO for four years, and he served as executive vice-president and a founding board member at PayPal. Hoffman is currently a partner at Greylock Partners.


Ellen Levy, VP of strategic Initiatives, LinkedIn

Ellen Levy is the vice president of strategic initiatives at LinkedIn. Previously, she was a venture capitalist, both as a managing director at NeoCarta Ventures and at Softbank Venture Capital. Levy was also the director of industry collaboration & research with Stanford University's Media X Program. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Stanford University.


Qi Lu, president, online services division, Microsoft

Qi Lu is the president of Microsoft's Online Services Division, where he leads the company's search and online advertising efforts. Prior to joining Microsoft, Lu spent 10 years as a Yahoo! senior executive, serving as the executive vice president of engineering for the company's Search and Advertising Technology Group and vice president of engineering. He has a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.


James Manyika, director, McKinsey & Company

James Manyika is a director (senior partner) at McKinsey & Company and a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company's business and economics research arm. Before McKinsey, Manyika was on the engineering faculty at Oxford University and a research fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on a 15-member Innovation Advisory Board, and has also been a visiting scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a faculty exchange fellow at MIT, and a Rhodes Scholar.


Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and a leading advocate of the open source and free software movements. O’Reilly Media publishes MAKE and CRAFT magazines and hosts Maker Faire. After the dot-com collapse, O’Reilly saw the potential for Web 2.0, a term he helped popularize. Today he is an advocate of the Gov 2.0 movement and the importance of Big Data. “In short, he is the guy who will tell you what smart people will be talking about five years from now — the guy who predicts the future,” says Max Chafkin of Inc. Magazine.


Hal Varian, chief economist of Google

Hal Varian is currently the chief economist at Google, and was the founding dean of the School of Information (then the School of Information Management and Systems) from 1995 to 2002. An economist specializing in the economics of information, he holds joint appointment on the faculty of Berkeley's School of Information, Haas School of Business and department of economics.

Photo of Caterina Fake courtesy of Richard Morgenstein; photo of Genevieve Bell courtesy of JD Lasica. Photo of Tim O’Reilly courtesy of Takeshi Honma.