Ramin Sedehi

Member, Board of Directors

I lead the Berkeley Research Group's Higher Education Consulting practice. Our practice spans strategic, academic and organizational dimensions of universities and colleges. I am also engaged in projects involving the creation and sustainment of regional and national innovation and entrepreneurship zones and the role of the university in corporate and executive education. I have more than 20 years of experience leading and managing within academic institutions and academic medical centers.

I served for 12 years as the vice dean for finance and administration (CFO and COO) at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences, one of the largest schools at Penn and a leader in liberal arts education and research. At Penn, I led the school through its most extensive physical, organizational, and financial change in the last 35 years. Since 2000, the school grew by more than 25 % physically, with over 40 % of its buildings either newly constructed or significantly renovated in this time frame; experienced a nearly 10% increase in its faculty; and nearly doubled its annual operating budget, its sponsored research grants, and its endowment.

I was also fortunate to serve on the faculty of the Fels Institute of Government at Penn and taught core graduate courses in Financial Management and Budgeting and in Management of Complex Organizations. I was awarded the teaching and service prize for a decade of service to the graduate program in Public Administration.

Prior to Penn, I served in a number of financial and organizational leadership positions at the University of California, San Francisco and at UCSF Stanford Health Care. I served as a key member of the financial leadership team responsible for the merger with Stanford Hospital System and in that capacity, worked with CEOs, CFOs, and deans of the various institutions involved in the merger and, in particular, led the development of the common funds flow arrangement between UCSF Stanford Health Care and the two medical schools.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and completed graduate studies in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward.