Adlai Wertman

  • Professor of Management and Organization
  • Director of the Society and Business Lab
  • USC Marshall School of Business
Office: (213) 740-9910

Expertise Summary

An expert on corporate responsibility, nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship


  • social entrepreneurship
  • double and triple bottom line companies
  • business engagement for social change
  • nonprofit management
  • homelessness
  • poverty reduction

Additional Information

Wertman is founding director of the Marshall School’s Society and Business Lab, a center focused on using business education and resources to address global social, environmental and health challenges.

Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Wertman spent seven years as president and CEO of Chrysalis, the only nonprofit in Los Angeles devoted solely to helping homeless change their lives through employment. Prior to this, he spent 18 years as an investment banker in New York and Los Angeles.

Wertman is an advisory board member of the Global Health Institute and the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund, and a trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation. He has also served as a commissioner of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Fund, and as a senior fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and a Wexner Heritage Fellow. Wertman earned his B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his M.B.A. in Finance, Public Policy Management and Strategic Planning from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.