Alfred Osborne

Senior Associate Dean, Professor at Anderson School of Management


Anderson School of Management


Alfred E. Osborne, Jr. is Senior Associate Dean of UCLA Anderson.  In this role, he oversees a variety of key areas and initiatives within the school, including resource development, alumni relations, corporate initiatives, marketing and communications and executive education. 

Dr. Osborne is also Professor of Global Economics, Management and Entrepreneurship and founder and faculty director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson School of Management.  The Price Center serves to organize faculty research, curricula and student activities related to the study of entrepreneurship and new business development at UCLA Anderson.

A corporate governance expert, Dr. Osborne formed a Director Education and Certification Program designed to help officers and directors of public, private and not-for-profit organizations prepare for the fiduciary duties and legal responsibilities of governance.   This program also addresses best practices and topical issues confronting directors.

Professor Osborne is also an expert in social entrepreneurship who has developed several programs that apply business models to the nonprofit world.  For more than 25 years, the Price Center has created and run innovative management development programs, including five in partnership with health care giant Johnson & Johnson:  UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Head Start Management Fellows Program, UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Advanced Management Institute for Head Start, UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Institute, the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program, and the Management Development Institute (MDI) for healthcare organizations in sub-Saharan Africa.   Related programs include The Institute for the Study of Educational Entrepreneurship (ISEE) and the UCLA/Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Head Start Leadership Institute.

Dr. Osborne currently serves as a director of Kaiser Aluminum and Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc., Wedbush, Inc., and First Pacific Advisors (FPA) Family of Mutual Funds. Dr. Osborne’s current non-profit affiliations include serving as the trustee of Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, the Harvard Westlake School, and the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation. He has served many years on the corporate boards of Times Mirror Company, US Filter Corporation, Greyhound Lines, Inc., First Interstate Bank of California, Nordstrom, Inc. and K2, Inc., among others. He has served as an economic fellow at the Brookings Institution and directed studies at the SEC that contributed to changes in Rule 144, Regulation D, and other exemptive requirements to the securities laws designed to lower costs and improve liquidity and capital market access to venture capitalists and emerging growth firms alike.

Dr. Osborne’s research interests include venture capital and private equity, family and closely-held business, and the role of the board of directors in private, public and not-for-profit organizations.  He remains active in the entrepreneurial and venture development community, has served on the editorial boards of several journals, and consults with growing companies and non-profit organizations on business and economic matters.


Ph.D. Business Economics, 1974, Stanford University
MBA Finance, 1971, Stanford University
M.A. Economics, 1971, Stanford University
B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1968, Stanford University


Small Business, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Community Development, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Social Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Non-Profit Organizations, Start-Up Companies, Financial Institutions


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