Sisi Pouraghabagher

SiSi Pouraghabagher is a lecturer in the Accounting area of the Orfalea College of Business and serves as a board member for State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: STFC), where she is a member of the Audit Committee, Risk Committee, Nominating & Governance Committee, and chairs the Independent Committee. She is also a board member for Point B, a private consulting firm based in Seattle, Washington. Her financial, operational and administrative executive background includes chief financial officer, chief operating officer and chief administrative officer positions with experience spanning more than 20 years. After Pouraghabagher graduated from Cal Poly, she began her career as a CPA at Deloitte in Orange County, Calif. She then went on to a variety of privately held technology companies and spent the last several years of her career at one of the top 20 public global insurers in the world, managing large scale business transformation and integration activity as well as complex divestitures, acquisitions and mergers. Pouraghabagher is an impactful leader who has proven success in driving accretive results, strategic execution, operational excellence, large scale business transformation, employee engagement, and change management. She was actively involved in several corporate governance committees, leadership boards and talent initiatives, including serving as the North American executive chair for the diversity council of a public, billion-dollar company. She has strengths in building high performing teams and motivating professionals to deliver their best outcomes, which she strives to translate to the classroom for Cal Poly’s business students. Pouraghabagher is also an active member of Orfalea’s Executive Partner Program, and mentors several business students on foundations of career readiness and success.


  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting, 1994 (Magna Cum Laude)


  • Board member of State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: STFC)
  • CAO of QBE
  • CFO/COO at Balboa Insurance Group (subsidiary of Bank of America)
  • Vice President, Finance & Administration at Xavor Corporation
  • CFO at Wellspring Solutions
  • CPA/Auditor at Deloitte
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license granted 1997


  • 2018, 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award, Orfalea College of Business
  • 2018, 2017 Outstanding Accounting Faculty Award
  • 2018 KPMG Outstanding Educator Award
  • 2017 Deloitte Outstanding Educator Award
  • 2016 Ernst & Young Outstanding Educator Award