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 is the former president and CEO 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 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.
Holly Liu is the cofounder of Kabam, Inc., a billion dollar company, and previously served as its chief of staff and the general manager of Kabam’s Casual Games Studio. She led the design for Kabam’s award-winning "Kingdoms of Camelot" franchise and was the founding mobile designer for extension Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North, which was the top grossing app on iOS in 2012. As chief development officer, Liu is in charge of developing Kabam internationally through key relationships, starting with China. She has significant business strategy and product management expertise from tenures with AOL, Accenture, and Arthur Andersen. Liu holds a BA in communications and East Asian studies from UCLA and a master’s in information management and systems from UC Berkeley.
Betsy Masiello was previously the 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.
Bharath Rangarajan is the CEO of Motivo, Inc., a startup pioneering the use of tera-scale analytics and artificial intelligence to transform IC design and manufacturing. Considered one of the leading strategists in the technology sector, Dr. Rangarajan is an expert in technology, manufacturing, marketing, strategy, and business development. Dr. Rangarajan spent more than fourteen years as VP of corporate development at AMD, where he helped establish AMD’s technology and market leadership as a microprocessor solutions provider. His leadership and efforts were critical in establishing AMD’s presence in the data center. He drove the $5.4B acquisition of ATI and was the key architect of the formation and capitalization of GlobalFoundries. Dr. Rangarajan holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Delhi, a doctorate in chemical engineering from Michigan State University, and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
A. Charles Thomas is executive vice president and Chief Data Officer at Wells Fargo & Company. He is responsible for developing Wells Fargo’s approach to managing data; his team ensures commonality of data, methods, techniques, tools, and governance to provide more consistent information, more effectively identify and manage risk, provide better customer experiences, and more efficiently develop and deliver technology solutions for the company.Thomas is a member of the Wells Fargo Management Committee and the Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion Council. He also has held data analytics leadership positions at United Services Automobile Association (USAA), Harte-Hanks Direct Marketing, Hewlett Packard, and Reliant Energy. Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in history from Baylor University, a master’s degree in sociology with a concentration in applied social research from Baylor, and a doctorate in sociology with a concentration in organizational behavior and quantitative methods from Yale University.
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.
Peter Weis is VP and CIO of Matson, a $2.2 billion global transportation and logistics company. Peter leads a global IT organization that is responsible for strategy, software development, infrastructure, high-availability operations and all levels of IT governance. Peter advises technology start-ups on product, commercial and organizational strategies, including a role as committee chairperson. He also led Matson Logistics’ supply chain business unit, which during the past three years has grown by over 50% annually. Prior to Matson, Peter was vice president of products at GT Nexus, a global supply chain software company, and CIO of APL Logistics. He holds an M.B.A. with honors from the Wharton School and a bachelor’s degree from the Haas School of Business. Peter is a 2014 inductee into the CIO Hall of Fame.
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.
Jack Xu is a founding managing partner at Seven Seas Partners, and was previously the co-president and CTO of Sina Corporation. Jack led Sina’s technology and product operation and oversaw its popular social media platform Weibo. Prior to Sina, Jack was a corporate vice president at Cisco, where he led a large organization around the globe resulting in over $1 billion of annual revenue. Jack previously served as vice president of engineering & research at eBay and the CTO of Netease. Jack began his career with the Excite search engine in 1996 while pursuing a Ph.D. at the UC Berkeley School of Information Management & Systems.