The Bay Area Council Economic Institute provides a shared platform for leaders to act on key issues affecting the regional economy. It accomplishes this by producing focused analyses on key issues affecting the Bay Area and its future, and by mobilizing regional and state leaders to address those issues, based on working partnerships and a strong foundation of economic and policy analysis.

The strength of the Economic Institute lies in its Board of Advisors and the relationships and assistance provided by its sponsors and partner organizations throughout the region and the state.


Board of Advisors and Alternates



Kausik Rajgopal
Senior Partner
McKinsey & Company

Kausik is Senior Partner and West Coast Regional Manager at McKinsey & Company, and brings extensive experience in strategy, operations, and the public sector. In addition to serving as Chair of the Economic Institute, Kausik also serves on the advisory board of Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.


Vice Chair

Libby Schaaf
City of Oakland



Mary G. F. Bitterman, PhD, President, The Bernard Osher Foundation

Michael Borrus, General Partner, X/Seed Capital Management

Henry E. Brady, PhD, Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Mark Bregman, PhD, CTO, NetApp

Jack P. Broadbent, CEO/Air Pollution Control Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Laphonza Butler, President, SEIU Local 2015

Keith Carson, Chairman, East Bay Economic Development Alliance and Supervisor, District 5, County of Alameda

Cindy Chavez, Supervisor, District 2, County of Santa Clara

Michael Covarrubias, Chairman & CEO, TMG Partners

Christopher DiGiorgio, Executive Chairman, Smart Story Technologies

Diane Dillon, Supervisor, District 3, County of Napa

Rosanne Foust, President & CEO, San Mateo County Economic Development Association

Larry Goldzband, Executive Director, Bay Conservation and Development Commission

Scott Haggerty, Supervisor, District 1, County of Alameda

Sam Hawgood, MD, Chancellor, UC San Francisco

Michael Heald, Managing Director, Global Lead, Business & Growth Strategy, Accenture LLP

Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Jim Henry, San Francisco Market Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Mary Huss, Publisher, San Francisco Business Times

Robert James, Partner and Co-Leader, Energy Industry Team, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Chappie Jones, Councilmember, District 1, City of San Jose

Regis B. Kelly, PhD, Director, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), University of California

Jill Kurth, Western Regional Practice Leader – Strategy & Consultancy, AECOM

Mark Farrell, Mayor, City and County of San Francisco

Ted Lempert, President, Children Now

Steve Levy, Director & Senior Economist, Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy

Janet Liang, President, Northern California Region, Kaiser Permanente

Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San Jose

Peter A. Luchetti, Partner, Table Rock Infrastructure Partners

Jeremy Madsen, Executive Director, Greenbelt Alliance

Lenny Mendonca, Director, Emeritus, McKinsey & Company

Judy Miner, EdD, Chancellor, Foothill-DeAnza Community College District

Cynthia L. Murray, President & CEO, North Bay Leadership Council

Mick Murray, Senior Vice President & CFO, Blue Shield of California

Julie Pierce, Councilmember, City of Clayton

Paul Saffo, Futurist

Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

Libby Schaaf, Mayor, City of Oakland

Robert Schroder, Mayor, City of Martinez

Nandini Tandon, PhD, El Camino Hospital Board Member

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, PhD, President, Stanford University

Laura Tyson, PhD, Director, Institute for Business and Social Impact, Haas School of Business

Jeffrey Welser, PhD, Vice President and Lab Director, IBM – Almaden Research Center

John C. Williams, PhD, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Anne Wilson, CEO, United Way of the Bay Area

Jim Wunderman, President & CEO, Bay Area Council

Ashur Yoseph, Infrastructure Development Program Manager, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, City and County of San Francisco

Mila Zelkha, Community Ambassador, Palantir Technology

Arthur Bienenstock, PhD, Special Assistant to the President for Federal Research Policy and Director of Wallenberg Research Link, Stanford University

Janhavi Bonville, Associate Executive Vice Chancellor, Strategic Initiatives, UC San Francisco

Jose Corona, Director of Equity & Strategic Partnerships, Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf

Jason Elliott, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Edwin M. Lee, City and County of San Francisco

Jerad Ferguson, Chief of Staff, Office of San Jose City Councilmember Chappie Jones

Nanci Klein, Deputy Director, Office of Economic Development, City of San Jose


Ex Officio
Micah Weinberg, PhD, President, Bay Area Council Economic Institute

Past Chairs
Laura Tyson, PhD, Director, Institute for Business and Social Impact, Haas School of Business
Robert Parry, PhD, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Julius R. Krevans, MD, Chancellor, University of California San Francisco

Chang-Lin Tien, PhD, Chancellor, University of California Berkeley

Lenny Mendonca, Director, McKinsey & Company