Industry Connections

The MS in Business Analytics program is supported by an advisory board (see table below) of top industry executives, who help shape curriculum and assure it is aligned with industry needs, enabling our students to stay at the forefront of marketplace trends.

To learn more about how industry informed the development of the program, you may view this Question & Answer excerpt from our 2015 webinar, featuring advisory board members Rich Clayton, Executive VP Business Analytics at Oracle, and Joshua Knox, Engineering Program Manager at Google. 


The MSBA program is supported by an extensive advisory board made up of key executives from top companies in a variety of industries.  Their participation aligns curriculum development with industry needs in this rapidly evolving field of data analytics. The advisory board members, along with other key partners, mentor our students, and provide real data for collaborative industry projects.  

Business Analytics Advisory Board Members (updated 7/23/20): 

Business Analytics Advisory Board
Rex BriggsMarketing Evolution, Inc.Marketing ROI & Attribution Expert, CEO of Marketing
David BroscowInnoceanVice President, Data Science & Analytics
Rich ClaytonOracleVice President of Business Analytics
Brennan DavisOrfalea College of Business, Cal PolyProfessor, MSBA Academic Director
Brett EldridgeExecutive Advisor, Board Member
Jeff ErnstKiran AnalyticsAnalytics Consultant
Damon FlemingOrfalea College of Business, Cal PolyDean
John FrithUrban ScienceVice President
Abi FrostGoogleAccount Executive
Christine GrammierLiveRamp, An Acxiom CompanyManaging Director
Alison HuAT&TAssistant Vice President - Mobility Business Analytics
Blake IrvineNetflixDirector, Data Science & Engineering
Laura JoukovskiTechStyle Fashion Group
Senior Vice President, Global Media & Acquisition
Greg LeonardVisaDirector of Analytics
Avash LohaniKPMGDirector, Audit Data and Analytics
Yury PolnarInstagramProduct Marketing Lead, Community Trust & Integrity
Bill RaddingWarner Bros. DiscoverySenior Vice President, Global Category Management
Jon ShalowitzLiftIgniterCEO
Ryan ShandBernstein Global Wealth ManagementVice President Business Analyst
Jared SouterFirst Republic Bank
Chief Data Officer
Leslie SuHead of Insights & Analytics
Harry TannenbaumChewie Labs
Founder and President
Jeff ThayerSumo Logic
Sr. Director Pricing & Analytics, Marketing
Simon TuckerAnaplanChief Customer Officer
Nate VeldkampTeslaFinance Business Intelligence
Juliana VidaSplunkChief Technical Advisor
Abe WestonGoogleAssociate Principal
Eric WingateAppleFinancial Analyst