Our Team & Advisory Board

Our Team

Amelia Miazad

Founding Director & Senior Research Fellow, Lecturer  | Business in Society Institute

Amelia Miazad is the founding director of the Business in Society Institute and a member of the business law faculty at UC Berkeley School of Law. The Institute, housed at the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, studies the changing role that companies are playing in society and how this evolution of corporate purpose impacts corporate governance. Miazad’s recent work focuses on how corporate sustainability is changing the role of legal and compliance officers in novel ways. Miazad leads the Institute’s research, curriculum development, and programming. She publishes research and teaches courses at Berkeley Law. Miazad also teaches in executive education programs and speaks at conferences around the world, which informs Berkeley Law’s research and provides opportunities for practitioners to engage in this emerging and impactful area.

 

Danielle Santos 

Research & Project Associate | Business in Society Institute

Danielle recently completed her undergrad at UC Berkeley where she studied history at the intersection of psych & the law. She worked as a research apprentice for the JSP program and then as a research assistant for CDIR Lab at Berkeley Law. Danielle also served as the director of public relations for the National History Honor Society at Berkeley where she led the chapter to the capital to present the department’s original research. Her own research on the use of AI in the courtroom has been published in the CA legal studies Journal and she hopes to publish her honors thesis this Fall, which she guest lectured on over the summer. 
During undergrad, Danielle also worked as a CA transfer student mentor and speaker for underserved and nontraditional students—focusing on survivors and single student parents.

Our Advisory Board

Allison A. Bennington

Partner & Chief Global Affairs Officer | ValueAct Capital

Allison Bennington is a Partner and the Chief Global Affairs Officer of ValueAct Capital. Bennington leads ValueAct Capital’s global strategy and engagement efforts with a diverse set of stakeholders, including corporate shareholders and directors, government officials, business media, academia, and other thought leaders. Prior to her current role, Bennington was ValueAct Capital’s Chief Legal Officer. Bennington is a former director of Seitel, Inc.  Prior to joining ValueAct Capital in May 2004, Bennington was the General Counsel of Atriax, Ltd., a joint venture of Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Reuters.  Prior to joining Atriax, Bennington was a Managing Director of Robertson Stephens, a full-service investment bank, where she ran the Legal Department.  She was previously a Partner in the London office of Brobeck Hale and Dorr International. Bennington is a recognized expert in the field of corporate governance. She is a member of the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee and its Market Structure Subcommittee.  She is on the Steering Committee of the Investor Stewardship Group, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance at NYU Law, and the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and Economics at the University of California Berkeley School of Law.  She is a former member of the Advisory Board of the Program for Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School. Bennington has a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

 

Heidi DuBois

ESG Director |Society for Corporate Governance

Heidi DuBois is an environmental, social and governance (ESG) expert with two
decades of experience in corporate, nonprofit and client advisory settings. As the ESG Director for the Society for Corporate Governance, Heidi develops new programs and manages thought leadership and engagement on emerging ESG trends for boards of directors, business leaders and corporate governance professionals. Previously, Heidi oversaw the corporate social responsibility and philanthropy functions at BNY Mellon, where she redesigned the firm’s approach to sustainability reporting and executed partnerships with external stakeholders. Earlier in her career, Heidi practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton for nearly a decade before serving in positions of increasing responsibility at Assurant and PepsiCo. She also helped establish the Berkeley Sustainable Business and Investment Forum, focusing on evolving concepts of risk management, capital allocation, and sustainable business practices as contributors to long-term value creation. Heidi holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Business in Society Institute at Berkeley Law School and the GreenBiz GreenFin Summit, a past president of the New York Chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance, and a past member of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Leaders Forum.

Robert Eccles

Visiting Professor of Management Practice | Said Business School, Oxford University

Robert G. Eccles is a leading authority on the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in resource allocation decisions by companies and investors. He is also the world’s foremost academic expert on integrated reporting.
Currently Eccles is a Visiting Professor of Management Practice at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. Eccles has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management and was a Berkeley Social Impact Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He was a Professor at Harvard Business School and received tenure in 1989.

Eccles serves on the Advisory Board of the JANA Impact Capital Fund and advises the non-profit Impact Management Project. He is on the board of the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets at the Stockholm School of Economics, was the founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and was one of the founders of the International Integrated Reporting Council. In 2018 Eccles was named by Barron’s as one of the top 20 influencers in ESG investing. Eccles is currently on the advisory board of UC Berkeley School of Law’s Business in Society Institute.

Silvia M. Garrigó

Global Vice President of Corporate Responsibility & Social Investment | Millicom (Tigo)

Silvia M. Garrigo leads Millicom’s Corporate Responsibility team and the company’s efforts towards best-in-class corporate responsibility policies, programs, goals and reporting, ensuring that they support the company’s business strategy and objectives while being responsive to stakeholder needs. Silvia has experience across legal, public policy, sustainability and public affairs on a diverse range of complex domestic and international matters for multinational corporations. Prior to joining Millicom, Silvia held various executive and senior legal positions at Chevron on global policy, investor relations, and major transactions and litigation. Silvia also served as the Chief Sustainability Officer for Cuba Strategies Inc. where she was responsible for supporting its mission to drive sustainable development, conservation and responsible socioeconomic progress in Cuba.  Prior to her in-house experience, Silvia practiced law in various firms focusing on cross-border transactions and litigation. She serves as an Advisory Board member for the Business in Society Institute at Berkeley Law. Silvia is also an Advisory Board member for the University of Miami School of Business, UN Global Compact Human Rights and Labor Group and the American Bar Association Business and Human Rights Group. 

Seth Jaffe

Executive Vice President and General Counsel | Levi Strauss & Co.

Seth Jaffe is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Levi Strauss & Co. and leads the global legal department in its support of businesses operating in over 110 countries. He is responsible for all aspects of legal, ethics and compliance, global security, and governance matters, in addition to acting as counselor to the board of directors and executive leadership. He is a member of the company’s Executive Committee and Global Leadership Team. Seth also oversees the Levi Strauss Foundation. Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co. in 2011, Seth served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of specialty retailer Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Before that, Seth was Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of CareThere Inc., leading a broad range of business and legal areas for a healthcare technology company backed by Johnson & Johnson. Seth had an earlier stint at Levi Strauss & Co., where he held roles in the U.S., Asia Pacific, and European businesses. He began his career at the McCutchen Doyle law firm in San Francisco. Seth has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. He received degrees with honors from both Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School. In 2015, Seth was named Bay Area Corporate Counsel of the Year by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times.

Susan Mac Cormac

Partner & Co-Chair of the Energy and Cleantech Groups | Morrison & Foerster | Member of President’s Council of Ceres

Suz Mac Cormac is a corporate partner at Morrison & Foerster. Her practice focuses on late-stage financings, secondaries, and other corporate transactions for traditional investors, as well as the top investors dedicated to impact, from “impact first” foundations, to family offices and private equity funds. She co-led the drafting group for the first of the new corporate forms (the Social Purpose Corporation in California), has created hybrid/tandem corporate structures and crafted debt and equity investments that blend impact with traditional financial terms, and has used corporate law to develop creative capital market solutions to pressing environmental problems. She also advises the boards of public and private companies on corporate governance and fiduciary duties as applied to sustainability and climate change. Suz was named the Most Innovative Lawyer in North America in 2015 by the Financial Times and has been listed as one of the Women Leaders in Tech Law by The Recorder in 2016, 2018 and 2019. She was the founding board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, a member of the Ceres President’s Council, board member of the Earth Genome Project and the Business for Social Responsibility. She has joined the faculty at both the Stanford Director’s College and the Northwestern Corporate Counsel Institute, and is an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley School of Law teaching a course on Social Enterprise.  She was recently engaged as an expert and testified in two public hearings at the CPUC on corporate form and governance for utilities, including PG&E.

Jagdeep Singh Bachher

Chief Investment Officer | University of California Office of the President

Jagdeep Singh Bachher is responsible for managing $110 billion across the UC Endowment, Pension, Retirement Savings, Working Capital and Insurance on behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of California. Before joining the UC in March 2014, Bachher held the roles of Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Alberta Investment Management Corp. (AIMCo) in Alberta, Canada. From 2004 to 2009, Bachher worked in the U.S. Wealth Management, Canadian, and Investments divisions of Manulife Financial. Bachher also serves as chairman emeritus of the Institutional Investors Roundtable.

Anne Simpson

Director of Board Governance & Strategy | CalPERS

Anne is CalPERS’ Director of Board Governance & Strategy, reporting to the CEO and responsible for strategic initiatives across the $400 billion fund. These include Climate Action 100+, a global investor alliance of $34 trillion driving business action on climate change, and the UN Secretary General’s initiative: Global Investors for Sustainable Development and Vatican dialogue on inclusive capitalism. Anne serves on the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee,
and the Leadership Council for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Among her publications is the forthcoming book “The Financial Ecosystem: The Role of Finance in Advancing Sustainability” (Palgrave MacMillan) with Satyajit Bose and Dong Guo at Columbia University.

Amy Weaver

President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary | Salesforce

Amy Weaver leads the legal, compliance, internal audit, security and government affairs teams at Salesforce. She is a member of the company’s executive committee.

Prior to joining Salesforce, Weaver was executive vice president and general counsel of Univar Inc., where she was responsible globally for all legal and corporate affairs, governance, corporate transactions, compliance, litigation and employment law matters. Previously Weaver was senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Expedia, Inc. Weaver practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and at Perkins Coie LLP. Prior to entering private practice, she served as a legislative aide to a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council and as a clerk on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

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Our Research Apprentices & Assistants

 

Mehak Sharma 

Undergraduate Fellow 

Mehak is an undergraduate student in the UC Berkeley College of Engineering studying Bioengineering, with minors in Public Policy and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. Currently, Mehak is involved on the councils of UC Berkeley’s Biomedical Engineering Society, Project RISHI, and Indian Students Association, with past experience working within the Associated Students of the University of California. Mehak is interested in the intersections of technology, corporate responsibility, and the law, and has been involved with BISI since fall of 2018. Apart from BISI, Mehak is also involved in on-campus labs in the Bioengineering department, with a research focus on the interpretation and analysis of genomic data using techniques from machine learning, phylogenetics, and web development.

Rina Yordanos

Undergraduate Research Apprentice

Rina Yordanos is a third-year at UC Berkeley majoring in history with a concentration in the Middle East. Her research focuses on the field of education and the cultural historiography of the region. Rina is also minoring in political economy focusing on science, technology, and economic development. Currently, she is a caseworker for Berkeley’s Student Advocates Office and sits on the Berkeley Connect Student Advisory Board. Rina is also the Public Relations co-Director of the National History Honor Society Berkeley Chapter, with whom she visited the capital to present the department’s original research. 

 

Matt Portnov

Undergraduate Research Apprentice

Matthew is a student in the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley where he is completing a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Business Law. 

Before coming to UC Berkeley, Matthew obtained a wide breadth of experience as a professional, working in both the engineering and technology industry. As a CAD Designer, he primarily worked with the Chevron Company, 3D-modeling new structures for their Richmond Refinery. Afterward, he interned at a VC-backed Virtual Reality technology company in San Francisco on the marketing team leading all aspects of analytics and reporting. This internship led into a permanent position as a Product Marketing Manager where he worked during community college before transferring to UC Berkeley. 

 Matthew also is heavily involved in a national social justice non-profit organization where he is an active member of the Education Committee. 

 

 

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