Evan Epstein

Executive Director of the Center for Business Law & Adjunct Professor of Law


Evan Epstein is the founding Executive Director of the UC Center for Business Law San Francisco, and Adjunct Professor at UC Law SF. He is also the founder of the VC-Backed Board Academy (VCBA), the first executive education program on corporate governance matters by UC Law SF.

Professor Epstein has advised founders, executives, directors, and investors for over 18 years in Silicon Valley and internationally. He has been retained as an expert in corporate governance litigation both in the U.S. and abroad, particularly involving fiduciary duties of corporate directors.

In 2023, Mr. Epstein was named one of the most influential leaders in corporate governance by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as part of the 2023 NACD Directorship 100™, an annual list of leading corporate directors and governance advocates. He was included among the top 50 governance professionals “who exemplify the knowledge, leadership, and excellence that our organization promotes.”

Evan is also the founder and managing partner of Pacifica Global, a corporate governance advisory firm based in San Francisco, California. He is the host of the Boardroom Governance Podcast (ranked #1 in its category) and the author of the Boardroom Governance Newsletter (on Substack). Prior, Evan was the Executive Director of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, a joint initiative between Stanford Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Evan holds a JD (equivalent) from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Corporate Governance and Practice from Stanford Law School. In addition, he was part of the exchange program “Cycle du Diplôme” at Sciences-Po in Paris, France.


  • Stanford Law School
    Master of Laws (LLM) in Corporate Governance & Practice

  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
    Law Degree (JD-equivalent)