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”.


Elizabeth Churchill, director of HCI, eBay Research Labs

Elizabeth Churchill is the director of human computer interaction at  eBay Research Labs. 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 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 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.


Betsy Masiello, senior manager for global public policy at Google

Betsy Masiello is a director of 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. 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.