Faculty and Staff

Adlai Wertman

David C. Bohnett Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, Founding Director, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab

MBA, University of Pennsylvania; BA, SUNY at Stony Brook

Adlai Wertman spent seven years as President and CEO of Chrysalis, the only non-profit in Los Angeles devoted solely to helping homeless change their lives through employment. Prior to Chrysalis, Professor Wertman spent 18 years as Managing Director and Manager of Prudential Securities' West Coast Public Investment Banking Group. He has taught non-profit management at UCLA, and is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and a Wexner Heritage Fellow. Professor Wertman consults with not-for-profits and government groups on fundraising, strategic planning, and governance, and is a frequent speaker on social responsibility, social enterprise and public/private partnerships.

Paul Adler

Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy and Professor of Management and Organization

PhD, University of Picardie; DEA, EHESS

Paul S. Adler is Professor of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, where he holds the Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy. He began his education in Australia and moved to France in 1974, where he received his doctorate in Economics and Management while working as a Research Economist for the French government. He came to the USA in 1981, and before arriving at USC in 1991, he was affiliated with the Brookings Institution, Columbia University, Harvard Business School, and Stanford's School of Engineering. He currently serves as President of the Academy of Management.

Gregory Autry

Assistant Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship On leave for the spring 2017 semester

Greg Autry researches the role of government in shaping the environment in which new industries and organizations emerge. His research context is the New Space business, where startup firms are commercializing space launch, spacecraft, and related services. Dr. Autry has been a serial entrepreneur in video games, computer services, Internet content, enterprise applications, health care IT and material upcycling. He publishes in business and aerospace journals as well as the popular press. He serves on the editorial board of the New Space Journal. He has a passion for restoring American manufacturing jobs and serves on the board of the Coalition for a Prosperous America and the American Jobs Alliance. Prior to joining the Greif Center, Dr. Autry taught entrepreneurship, strategy and economics at UC Irvine.

Yehuda Bassok

Chair of the Department of Data Sciences and Operations & Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, Carnegie Mellon University; BA, BS, The Hebrew University

Yehuda Bassok's research interests include supply chain management, design and analysis of purchasing contracts, management of centralized and decentralized inventory systems, and bargaining within supply chains. His research has been published in many top journals, including Management Science and Operations Research. Prior to joining USC, he was on the faculty of Northwestern University and a visiting professor at the University of Washington. Professor Bassok served as chief system analyst of SES, a company that specialized in developing real time data collection and scheduling systems. Professor Bassok has received several teaching awards, including Marshall's Golden Apple Award in 2003.


Nadine Bentis

Career Services Advisor

Nadine Bentis is the MSSE Program Director at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. She oversees recruiting, admissions, academic advising, and student services for the Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship at USC Marshall.

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Stephen Byars

Associate Professor of Clinical Business Communication

PhD, University of Southern California; MA, University of San Diego; BA, Claremont McKenna College

Stephen Byars has received the Outstanding Assistant Lecturer Award from the Writing Program at USC as well as the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the School of Religion at USC. He also nominated in May 2010 by the USC Parents Association for its Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award. Since joining USC full-time in 1997, Professor Byars has spent considerable time in the teaching and administration of different versions of Writing 340, including Advanced Writing for Business.

Sriram Dasu

Associate Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, MIT; MBA, Indian Institute of Management - Calcutta; BTech, Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay

Sriram Dasu's research has been published Queuing Systems, Operations Research, and Management Science. He has served as associate editor of Management Science and senior editor of Manufacturing and Service Operations. His research interest are healthcare operations, global health, service operations with focus on customer psychology, and supply chain management.

Michelle Chow

Program Specialist

Christine El Haddad

Assistant Professor of Clinical Management and Organization

PhD, University of Southern California; MBA, BBA, American University of Beirut

Christine El-Haddad specializes in business, corporate and global strategy and has taught courses in strategy in Marshall’s undergraduate, MBA, and MS in Social Entrepreneurship programs. She has received the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching twice alongside multiple other teaching awards and media mentions. Dr. El-Haddad has substantial experience in designing educational programs and conferences. She has developed executive education programs for the USC Office of Continuing Education. She has also organized and delivered two highly successful day-long Marshall conferences featuring nationally renowned speakers. As a management consultant and strategist, she has advised businesses in various industries and leading nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity.

Abby Fifer

Executive Director, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Ira Kalb

Assistant Professor of Clinical Marketing


Ira S. Kalb is a professor, consultant, speaker and author of 10 books and 357 published articles and 613 media appearances. He has 45 years of business experience as President and VP of marketing of COMPAL Inc. and CEO of Kalb & Associates. He received the Golden Apple teaching award in 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2016. He was Knighted by the Finnish Government as Knight First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland. Students and clients are employing his marketing inventions with great success in the marketplace. He is on a Wall Street Journal crisis management expert panel.

Omar El Sawy

Kenneth King Stonier Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, Stanford University; MBA, American University in Cairo; BS, Cairo University

Omar El Sawy's expertise is in digital business strategy in dynamic environments and business models for digital platforms. He served as Director of Research for Marshall's Institute for Communications Technology Management from 2001-2007. He is the author of over 100 papers and a seven-time winner of the Society for Information Management's Annual Academic Paper Award - most recently in 2015. He is currently Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly and on several editorial boards. He teaches in the MBA program and received the Marshall School's Evan C. Thompson Award for Teaching and Learning Innovation in 2012. He served as advisor to the United Nations Development Programme in Egypt, and as a Fulbright scholar in Finland. In 2008, he was inducted as the 45th Fellow of the Association of Information Systems for his research contributions.

Jessica Jackley

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Lucy V. Lee

Professor of Clinical Business Communication

PhD, UCLA; MA, University of Southern California, BA, Occidental College

Lucy Lee specializes in workplace communication strategies and development of professional writing, speaking, and interpersonal communication skills. Her doctoral work at UCLA focused on organizational change in higher education and the link between service learning curricula and levels of student civic engagement. Prior to joining Marshall, Professor Lee worked as a network news editor/producer and held several positions in media and public relations at nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles and New York City. Her teaching has been recognized with the Golden Apple Award (2008) and the Evan C. Thompson Award for Teaching and Mentoring (2005).

Michálle Mor Barak

Michálle Mor Barak is the Lenore Stein-Wood and William S. Wood Professor in Social Work and Business in a Global Society at the University of Southern California.  She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley and is in the vanguard of a new breed of management experts focusing on global workforce diversity. In her award-winning book, Managing Diversity: Toward a Globally Inclusive Workplace (2006), she proposes an original model for creating an "inclusive workplace" – one that helps businesses integrate with society via expanding circles of inclusion at the organizational, community, state/national and international levels. She also provides leadership for the USC School of Social Work's Work & Life concentration as well as for the university's joint MBA/MSW dual-degree program.

Mick Swartz

Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

PhD, University of Iowa; BS, MA Western Michigan University

Mick Swartz is a financial economist whose research has been published in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance and Financial Review. In 1997, he won the ANBAR Award for a paper that is listed as among the top 150 business papers in the world. Professor Swartz has made over twenty presentations at finance conferences, has consulted the US Senate on derivatives legislation, appeared on CNN and NBC and appeared before state legislators concerning executive compensation and merger legislation. He has taught in many countries, including Ukraine, United Kingdom, Canada, Poland, and Germany. Before joining USC, Professor Swartz taught at Purdue University, where he was recognized as Distinguished Professor numerous times for his teaching.

Zivia Wilson Sweeney

AssociateProfessor of Clinical Accounting

MBA, BS, University of Southern California

Zivia Sweeney is an expert in strategic planning and budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, and accounting and finance operations for manufacturing, healthcare, service, and nonprofit organizations. She has served in senior management roles in public corporate and nonprofit arenas, and has held the of Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, and Corporate Controller. Professor Sweeney is a PriceWaterhouseCoopers alumnus. She has served for a number of years as a member of the USC Leventhal School’s Accounting Advisory Board.