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Jennifer Walske

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations
“We are living in times when we can achieve benefits toward people, planet and profit in a much more holistic and integrative way.”
Areas of Expertise:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics
  • Venture Capital


Jennifer M. Walske is an adjunct assistant professor. Her published research focuses on emergent firms with an emphasis on how human capital, social capital and strategy aids new firm success.

She has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the best paper award from NYU Stern’s Social Entrepreneurship Conference and the Cheit Award for Teaching Excellence at UC Berkeley-Haas, as well as outstanding faculty and research awards at the University of San Francisco. Prior to her career in academia, Walske was a nationally ranked software analyst by Institutional All-American and was a regular guest commentator on both CNN and CNBC. She also spent 10 years in Silicon Valley, where she held various marketing and product marketing positions within the software industry, prior to investment banking.

She is recognized for coaching future leaders of emergent social venture firms, drawing on experience as a board member of various nonprofits and for-profits, including the Fair Trade USA, Net Impact, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum and Better Ventures, where she served on the advisory board. She is co-founder and partner of Myriad Investments LLC, a venture capital firm with investments predominately in software and social startups.

The daughter of academics, she was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where her father was a professor of genetics, but she is primarily a Californian. She enjoys time with her daughter and dogs, and supports the performing arts. She hits tough ski slopes whenever possible.



DBA Strategy and Policy with Entrepreneurship Minor, Boston University

MBA Marketing, Santa Clara University

B.A. Communication Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara


Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Research Excellence as an Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco, 2016
  • California Management Review Best Case Award Finalist, 2016
  • Faculty Academic Excellence Award, University of San Francisco, 2015
  • Best Paper Award, NYU Stern Conference in Social Entrepreneurship, 2012
  • Cheit Award for Outstanding Teaching, UC Berkeley-Haas, 2011
  • Top Ten List, Social Science Research Network (SSRN), 2008–2011
  • First and Second in Research Excellence, Institutional All American, 1999 and 2000

Journal Publications 

  • Walske, J., Scarlata, M., & Zacharakis, A. (2018). Comparing founders’ specific human capital in traditional versus philanthropic venture capital firms. The Oxford Handbook of Venture Capital.
  • Scarlata, M., Walske, J., & Zacharakis, A. (2017). Ingredients matter: How the human capital of philanthropic and traditional venture capital differs. Journal of Business Ethics, 145, 623-635.
  • Scarlata, M., Zacharakis, A., & Walske, J. (2016). The effect of founder experience on the performance of philanthropic venture capital firms. International Small Business Journal, 34(5), 618-636.
  • Tyson, L., & Walske, J. (2016). Revolution Foods: Expansion into the CPG market. California Management Review, 58(3), 125-141.
  • Walske, J., & Tyson, L. (2015). Fair trade USA: Scaling for impact. California Management Review,58(1), 123-143.
  • Walske, J., & Tyson, L. (2015). Built to scale: A comparative case analysis, assessing why some social enterprises scale. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 16(4), 269-281.
  • Mueller, S., D’Antino, R., Walske, J., Ehrenhard, M., Newbert, S., Robinson, J.A., & Senjem, J. (2015). What’s holding back social entrepreneurship? Removing the impediments to theoretical advancement. Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 6(3), 245-256.
  • Walske, J., Scarlata, M., & Zacharakis, A. (2012). Applying the resource based view and human capital theory to the funding of social enterprise. In Zeyena, A., Beckmann, M., Mueler, J. S., et al. Social entrepreneurship and the broader theories: Shedding new light on the “bigger picture.” Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 4(1), 10-12.
  • Walske, J., & Zacharakis, A.  (2011). The role of human capital and strategy in resource acquisition for nascent venture capital firms. The Oxford Handbook of Venture Capital.
  • Walske, J., & Zacharakis, A. (2009). Genetically engineered: Why some venture capital firms are more successful than others. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 33(1), 297-318.


  • Walske, J. (2018). Burning Man: Moving from a for-profit to a nonprofit, the ultimate act of gifting.Harvard Business Publishing.
  • Walske, J., & Tyson, L. (2017). Bridges Fund Management: Navigating changes in the political economy. Harvard Business Publishing.
  • Walske, J., & Tyson, L. (2017). Better ventures: Backing entrepreneurs building a better world. Harvard Business Publishing.
  • Walske, J., & Tyson, L. (2016). Sanergy: Tackling sanitation in Kenyan slums. Harvard Business Publishing.
  • Walske, J., & Tyson, L. (2015). Fair trade USA: Scaling for impact. Harvard Business Publishing.
  • Tyson, L., & Walske, J. (2015). Revolution Foods: Expansion into the CPG market. Harvard Business Publishing.
  • Brush, C., Walske, J., & Lee, D. (2010). The catered affair. European Case Clearing House.
  • Walske, J., & Zacharakis, A. (2008). Bladelogic (A). Harvard Business Publishing.