Linda Oubre

Linda Oubre was appointed Dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University in July 2012. Oubre's goals for the College include expanding connections with the business community, attracting more students, and raising revenue. She was recently named one of the San Francisco Bay Area's "Most Influential Women in Business 2013" by the San Francisco Business Times.

Previously, Oubre served as executive director of Corporate Relations and Business Development for the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. She was also the school's first chief diversity officer, in addition to developing and implementing strategies to grow the institution's visibility and financial resources in the Bay Area.

Oubre has more than two decades of corporate development and operating experience, having served as president and CEO of LSO Ventures, a new venture investment and consulting firm. As cofounder, director, and president-COO of BriteSmile, Inc., she was responsible for the launch and ongoing management of the world's first "one-hour teeth whitening spas." Prior to the founding of BriteSmile, Oubre served as president of Tri Com Ventures, where she specialized in new venture planning and start-ups. She has also served as general manager of new business development for the Los Angeles Times, director of operations for Walt Disney Publishing, and manager of planning for both the Times Mirror Company and Walt Disney's Consumer Products and Retail Division.

Oubre's teaching experience includes serving as an executive-in-residence and adjunct professor at UC Davis Graduate School of Management, where she taught the MBA course Leadership in New Ventures. She has been a visiting instructor in the entrepreneurship program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a guest instructor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and an instructor in leadership and corporate strategy at San Diego State University's College of Business.

After graduating from HBS, Oubre stayed on to serve as assistant director of MBA Admissions. In the 30 years since, she has continued her commitment to increasing the representation of minorities in MBA programs by volunteering as an admissions interviewer and coordinating minority recruitment activities for HBS and the UCLA Andersen Graduate School of Management.

A native of Los Angeles and a first-generation college graduate, Oubre earned her BA, cum laude, in economics from UCLA in 1980, and her MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1984. She and her husband Nate (HBS MBA 1985) currently reside in Oakland, California. They have two sons: Nathaniel, a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Alexander, a musician and rap music producer.

Oubre and her husband recently endowed The Linda and Nathaniel Oubre Leadership Scholarship at the San Francisco State College of Business as a way of providing opportunity to students who were also first-generation minority college students.