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.



Elizabeth Churchill, director of user experience, Google

Elizabeth Churchill is director of user experience at Google and an applied social scientist working in the area of human computer interaction, computer mediated communication, mobile/ubiquitous computing and social media. For the last 20+ years, she has been studying why and how people acquire, adopt, and adapt interactive technologies in their everyday lives (or don't!). She previously led HCI research at eBay, Yahoo labs, PARC (the Palo Alto Research Center), and Fuji Xerox's Palo Alto lab. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of Cambridge, UK.


Qi Lu, president, online services division, Microsoft

Qi Lu is the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group, where he leads Microsoft’s business across productivity, communications, education, search and other information services. 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 James Manyika is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and director of the McKinsey Global Institute. Based in Silicon Valley, he has worked many of the world’s leading technology companies and their chief executives for twenty years. He was appointed by President Obama as vice chair of the White House Global Development Council. He was appointed to the Digital Economy Board of Advisors and National Innovation Advisory Board. He is on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, Aspen Institute, Oxford Internet Institute, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Harvard’s Hutchins Center. He is a non-resident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution. A Rhodes Scholar, James has D.Phil., M.Sc., and M.A. degrees from Oxford in robotics, mathematics, and computer science and a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Zimbabwe.


Betsy Masiello, senior manager for global public policy at Google

Betsy Masiello is director of communications and public policy at Uber. Prior to joining Uber, Betsy spent seven years at Google where she led public policy strategies on issues including privacy, child safety, tax, security and controversial content. Before Google, Betsy was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she advised global telecommunications companies on new business strategies for emerging technologies. Betsy holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wellesley College, a master’s degree in economics from Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a master’s degree from MIT’s technology & policy program.


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.


Nicole Wong

Nicole Wong is the former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer focusing on internet, privacy, and innovation policy. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Nicole served as the legal director for products at Twitter, and from 2004 to 2011, she was Google’s vice president and deputy general counsel, primarily responsible for the company’s product and regulatory matters. Before joining Google, Nicole was a partner at the law firm of Perkins Coie and advised some of Silicon Valley’s early and notable tech companies, including Yahoo!, Hotmail, and Netscape. She also has taught media and internet law and policy courses as an adjunct professor and lecturer at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and University of San Francisco.

Photo of Tim O’Reilly courtesy of Takeshi Honma.