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Alex Budak

Lecturer, Haas School of Business

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Alex Budak is a UC Berkeley faculty member, co-founder of StartSomeGood, and the author of Becoming a Changemaker. An award-winning educator, he helps people find their voice, spark change, and create impact anywhere.  


At UC Berkeley, Budak has faculty appointments at Berkeley Haas, Berkeley Public Health, and Berkeley Executive Education and teaches his beloved changemaker courses – which have even inspired student tattoos. He serves as Faculty Director for the Berkeley Changemaker Executive Education Program, and also directs the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program.


His book, Becoming a Changemaker is hailed by CNBC as a “top 5 non-fiction book everyone should be reading about work," and is being published in 12 languages. His writing and work have been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, and INC.  


Budak’s change journey began when he co-founded StartSomeGood, which has helped changemakers in over 50 countries raise millions of dollars to launch and scale new change initiatives. He’s a graduate of UCLA and Georgetown University, a frequent speaker at organizations like Accenture, Salesforce, and UNHCR, and once learned the hard way to never go budget skydiving.  

Awards & Honors
  • UCLA’s Recent Graduate of the Year (2017)
  • Real Leaders Magazine 100 Visionary Leaders for a Better World
  • Diplomatic Courier’s Foreign Policy Top 99 under 33
  • Friends of Europe: Top 10 North American Young Leader under 40
  • YouthActionNet Global Fellow, Social Enterprise
Academic Background
  • MPP, Georgetown University
  • B.A. (Political Science & Geography), UCLA
The Berkeley Changemaker
Hero Patern
COBE Eligible

The Berkeley Changemaker

Learn the importance of visionary leadership, how to find sources of purpose, and how both impact your ability to effectively lead change..

Format
In-Person
Length
3 Days
Cost
$4,005.00
New Manager Boot Camp
Hero Patern
COBE Eligible

New Manager Boot Camp

Improve your essential management skills to advance business agility, manage complex change, and become a confident manager.

Format
Online
In-Person
Length
2 Weeks
3 Days
Cost
$3,950.00
$5,375.00