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Social Sector Leadership

Diversity and Leadership

Little Tokyo Service Center: “Welcome to Little Tokyo, Please Take Off Your Shoes”

The Little Tokyo neighborhood is a fixture of the Los Angeles community. This nonprofit has balanced serving the needs of longstanding stakeholders with those of newer residents.

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Community Coalition: How One Organization Achieves Successful Leadership Succession

This nonprofit trains young people to grow into tomorrow’s leaders. Founded thirty years ago by Congressmember Karen Bass, the nonprofit is a model of successful succession planning.

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LA-Más: Can Co-Leadership Improve Outcomes for Organizations and the Communities they Serve?

LA-Más is a nonprofit that combines design and architecture with policy experience to promote neighborhood resilience and elevate the voice of working-class communities of color in Northeast Los Angeles.

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Food Forward: How Volunteer Teams Move Surplus Produce from Tree to Table

Food Forward's volunteers call it 'fruit therapy' to harvest excess fruit from citrus trees throughout Los Angeles knowing it will soon feed food insecure families. Through the nonprofit's 2020 surplus produce programs, the team rescued 62.5 million pounds of nutritious fruits and vegetables.

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Arts and Social Entrepreneurship

Deborah Cullinan and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

The case study describes the work of Deborah Cullinan during her tenure as executive director of Intersection for the Arts and in her new role as executive director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA). The case begins as Cullinan is conducting a strategic refresh of YBCA, and deciding how to navigate an array of opportunities and challenges.

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James Houghton and Signature Theatre

The case describes the history of Signature Theatre, started by James Houghton 23 years ago. Signature Theatre is an example of a successful organization with a powerful mission and vision, and one that has stuck to its mission throughout the years.

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Theaster Gates: Artist as Catalyst for Community Development

The case study describes the work of Theaster Gates to revitalize the South Side of Chicago. As an independent philanthropist and artist, Gates has engaged in 'creative placemaking' to improve the predominantly African American neighborhood.

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The Berkeley Haas Center for Social Sector Leadership seeks to define a new generation of leaders that understands and values the crucial role that social impact plays in the world’s increasingly interconnected and collaborative economy. CSSL develops cases with social enterprise, nonprofit and public sector partners featuring diverse leaders and innovative practices that advance the field.

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The Berkeley-Haas Case Series is a collection of business case studies written by Haas faculty. Our culture and vision at the Haas School of Business naturally offer distinctive qualities to the Series, filling a gap in existing case offerings by drawing upon lessons from UC Berkeley's rich history and prime location in the San Francisco Bay Area. We seek to publish cases that challenge conventional assumptions about business, science, culture, and politics.

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Berkeley Haas Case Series

A new collection of business case studies from Berkeley Haas

The aim of the Berkeley Haas Case Series is to incite business innovation by clarifying disruptive trends and questioning the status quo.

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