The Opportunity Institute’s vision is set and supported by leaders in multiple sectors, including academia, health, policy, politics, and philanthropy. 

Our board members have served in the White House and governor’s offices; founded, run, and staffed nonprofit organizations; authored scientific and academic research and books; and more.

Board of Directors

Heather Boushey     Treasurer Member, Executive and Compensation committees   Chief Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth; Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Heather Boushey
Treasurer
Member, Executive and Compensation committees

Chief Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth; Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Laura D’Andrea Tyson      Chair Member, Executive and Compensation committees   Professor and former dean, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business; former Director, National Economic Council, White House

Laura D’Andrea Tyson
Chair
Member, Executive and Compensation committees

Professor and former dean, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business; former Director, National Economic Council, White House

Christopher Edley, Jr.     Member   The Opportunity Institute, Co-Founder; Professor and former dean, UC Berkeley School of Law

Christopher Edley, Jr.
Member

The Opportunity Institute, Co-Founder; Professor and former dean, UC Berkeley School of Law

Alida Garcia    Member, Audit committee   Director of Coalitions & Policy, FWD.us

Alida Garcia
Member, Audit committee

Director of Coalitions & Policy, FWD.us

Bertram Lubin, M.D.    Member, Executive and Compensation committees   Associate Dean of Children’s Health, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals

Bertram Lubin, M.D.
Member, Executive and Compensation committees

Associate Dean of Children’s Health, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals

Robert Reich    Member   Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy; former U.S. Secretary of Labor

Robert Reich
Member

Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy; former U.S. Secretary of Labor

Bill Richardson     Member   Former Governor of New Mexico, Member of Congress, Secretary of Energy, and Ambassador to the United Nations

Bill Richardson
Member

Former Governor of New Mexico, Member of Congress, Secretary of Energy, and Ambassador to the United Nations

Thomas Saenz     Secretary Member, Executive and Compensation committees   President and General Counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)

Thomas Saenz
Secretary
Member, Executive and Compensation committees

President and General Counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)

Robert Shireman      Member, Executive, Audit, and Compensation committees   Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation; founder, California Competes

Robert Shireman
Member, Executive, Audit, and Compensation committees

Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation; founder, California Competes

Arnie Sowell    Member   Vice President of California Policy, NextGen America

Arnie Sowell
Member

Vice President of California Policy, NextGen America

Mark G. Yudof    Member   University of California President Emeritus; Professor of Law, Berkeley Law

Mark G. Yudof
Member

University of California President Emeritus; Professor of Law, Berkeley Law

 

Former Board Members

Ann O’Leary     Co-Founder, Former Board Member   Chief of Staff, California Gov. Gavin Newsom

Ann O’Leary
Co-Founder, Former Board Member

Chief of Staff, California Gov. Gavin Newsom

Kim Belshé     Former Board Member   Executive Director, First 5 LA

Kim Belshé
Former Board Member

Executive Director, First 5 LA

Nadine Burke Harris    Former Board Member   Surgeon General of California

Nadine Burke Harris
Former Board Member

Surgeon General of California

Lenny Mendonca    Former Board Member   Chief Economic and Business Advisor at State of California

Lenny Mendonca
Former Board Member

Chief Economic and Business Advisor at State of California

Tom Steyer    Former Board Member   Founder, NextGen America

Tom Steyer
Former Board Member

Founder, NextGen America