Associate Professor of Economics
Keith Chen is an associate professor of economics with tenure at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. His research blurs traditional disciplinary boundaries in both subject and methodology, bringing unorthodox tools to bear on problems at the intersection of economics, psychology and biology.
In early work examining the evolutionary origins of economic behavior, he has shown that when monkeys are taught to use money, they display many of the hallmark biases of human economic behavior, suggesting that some of our most fundamental biases are evolutionarily ancient. Chen's most recent work focuses on how people's economic choices are influenced by the structure of their language. His work has shown that how a person's language encodes future events influences future-oriented behaviors as diverse as saving, smoking and safe sex.
Chen also consults and advises numerous companies on topics at the intersection of behavioral economics, business strategy and dynamic pricing. Most recently he was the head of economic research for Uber, where, among other projects, he redesigned Uber's dynamic "surge" pricing model.
At Anderson, Chen teaches MBA core strategy and Ph.D. behavioral economics.
Ph.D. Economics, 2003, Harvard University
B.S. Mathematics, 1998, Stanford University
Grants and Awards
2013: Science, Editors' Choice for "The Effect of Language on Economic Behavior"
2011: Yale SOM Alumni Association, Annual Teaching Award
2008: Roger F. Murray Prize, The Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance
2008: American Law and Economics Review, Distinguished Article Prize
2006–2011: National Science Foundation Research Grant
Adjunct Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management; Faculty Director of Easton Technology Management Center
A graduate of UCLA (B.A., ’82) and Harvard Business School, Terry Kramer has extensive technology and leadership expertise in the domestic and international telecommunications industry. Since beginning his career at Harris Corporation and Booz Allen Hamilton, Kramer has held executive roles at AirTouch, PacTel and Vodafone globally. At Vodafone, he was the group strategy officer, group HR officer and chief of staff. He was also regional president of Vodafone Americas, with responsibilities for oversight of Vodafone’s 45% interest in Verizon Wireless and Vodafone’s venture capital activities. He also served on the Executive Committee at Vodafone Group Plc.
During his tenure at Vodafone, he and his family moved no fewer than eight times to locations that included London, The Hague, Dallas, Phoenix and San Francisco. The benefit: “Living in so many different places, working in so many fundamentally different environments gave me a new appreciation of contextual leadership — how leaders must be adept at assessing the different context of each leadership role to ensure a dynamic nature to their style, achieving success for that unique environment.”
While serving as an entrepreneur in residence at the Harvard Business School between 2011 and 2013, Kramer was appointed by President Obama to serve as Ambassador, Head of U.S. Delegation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications in June 2012. This delegation formulated and communicated the U.S. policy regarding the criticality of a free and open Internet as well as an inclusive, multistakeholder governance, the need to proactively address cybersecurity threats and the need for liberalized, open markets that encouraged accelerated global broadband access. The conference was covered by CNBC, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
No stranger to the field of academia (his parents were teachers), Kramer jumped at the opportunity to work at UCLA Anderson, as it provided “a chance to engage with the next generation of leaders.” An adjunct professor at UCLA Anderson since 2013, Kramer is a full-time faculty member, teaching the foundational technology management course, covering the impact of disruptive innovation on products, services, markets and competition, and another course on the evolution and innovation in the mobile communications industry and promising areas of innovation. He is also the Faculty Director of the Easton Technology Management Center. Kramer is the Board Chair of Skylo Technologies and Harvard Business School’s California Research Center. He also serves on the advisory boards of RapidSOS and Textpert and UCLA’s Economics Department Board of Visitors.
Originally from San Carlos, California, Kramer and his wife, Suzan, currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area, from which he commutes to Los Angeles regularly. Together they have developed a family foundation focused on education, health and human services, which “reflects our views about the impact of youth and education on our collective future.”
B.A. Economics, cum laude, 1982, UCLA
MBA, 1986, Harvard University
Associate Dean, UCLA Anderson Executive Education
Donna Sharp is Associate Dean at UCLA Anderson Executive Education. Donna brings more than 20 years of business education experience to UCLA Anderson and most recently served as executive director and interim associate dean of Executive Education for Columbia Business School in New York. Prior to her Columbia appointment, she was the director of Executive Education and Human Capital Development at Cornell University’s ILR School and previously served as Executive Director of the World Trade Institute of Pace University in New York. In addition to her experience in executive education, Donna brings important strategic, financial and operational management skills from her experience in both the public and private sector, and as a global entrepreneur. She has received numerous awards, including Woman of the Year from the Journal of Commerce, the Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Service Award from the Manhattan International Development Corporation.
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Based in SVB's Santa Monica office, Managing Director Alejandro (Al) Guerrero works with portfolio companies and their management teams to help them build their vision for the future and succeed. Al’s experience in business creation, business and corporate development and investing, when combined with his proven ability and passion for increasing profits helps him work with early-stage tech startups throughout Los Angeles’ thriving ecosystem. He’s especially looking forward to leveraging more than a decade of experience in the Media & Entertainment vertical to help move forward some of LA’s most innovative companies.
Before joining SVB in 2017, Al managed business development, sales and operations for URWelcome, a venture capital–backed startup. Prior to that, he was co-founder and general partner at Technicolor Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund. Before starting the fund, Al led Technicolor’s Innovation Lab and served as head, operations & strategy for the company’s visual effects and animation business where he played a pivotal role in increasing revenue 4x and improving margins to best in the industry. Earlier in his career, Al was an investment banking associate at Merrill Lynch & Company. He earned a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
A first-generation American, Al grew up eating well – as his family owned and operated a popular Mexican restaurant in Berkeley. Married with three children who have inherited a culinary talent of their own, he remains a huge Golden State Warriors and Cal fan, despite having lived in SoCal for the past 15 years. In his spare time, Al assists the Robert Toigo Foundation, an organization focused on career advancement for underrepresented talent in the finance industry.
PAULA JUDGE (BA ‘89)
VP Talent, Accel
Paula Judge is VP Talent at the venture capital firm Accel, a seed, early and growth-stage venture capital firm that powers a global community of entrepreneurs. Paula has deep experience working with executive level talent and advising entrepreneurs on strategies to attract, retain, and develop talent for every phase of growth.
Prior to joining Accel, Paula led go-to-market recruiting efforts at Palo Alto Networks as that company scaled to over 5,000 employees and the #1 market position in network security. Earlier, she was with Heidrick and Struggles, a retained executive search firm, where she conducted executive level searches for the technology practice, focusing her work on early and growth-stage technology companies.
She began her career in the non-profit sector, holding a number of fundraising and programmatic roles with San Francisco Ballet and the Toigo Foundation.
Paula grew up in Massachusetts, and earned her degree in History from UCLA. She is Regional Vice-Chair of the Northern California Chancellor’s Society, and a member of the History Board of Advisors. She lives in Northern California with her family.
MARK THOMAS (MS, MBA ’10)
Group Product Manager, Snap, Inc.
Mark Thomas has had nearly a decade of experience as a Product Manager at leading tech companies including Google, Snap and IAC. In his 8 years as a PM at Google, he drove vision, strategy and execution across 50-100-person teams resulting in multiple, global launches impacting billions of dollars in revenue. Products he worked on include YouTube, Google Pay, Android, Google Ads and DoubleClick. He has additionally co-founded numerous “20% projects” including a Google Product Manager community which grew to thousands of members and an improvement for Google Calendar. He is currently a Group Product Manager at Snap Inc. leading a team of PMs working on improving ad effectiveness for the company’s flagship product, SnapChat.
Mark holds a B.A. in Computer Science with Honors from UC Berkeley. He also received a Master’s in Computer Science from UCLA and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2010. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.