Dennis Jaffe, PhD

Chairman, Board of Directors | he/him

Dennis Jaffe, PhD, is the Chairman of the CMBM Board of Directors.

Dr. Jaffe, a San Francisco-based advisor to families about family business, governance, wealth, and philanthropy, is Senior Research Fellow at BanyanGlobal Family Business Advisors. He is author of Borrowed from Your Grandchildren: The Evolution of 100-Year Family Enterprises; Finding Her Voice and Leaving a Legacy; Cross Cultures: How Global Families Negotiate Change Across Generations; Stewardship in your Family Enterprise: Developing Responsible Family Leadership Across Generations, and Working with the Ones You Love. His global insights have led to teaching and consulting engagements in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. The Family Firm Institute awarded him the 2017 International Award for service, and in 2005 he received the Beckhard Award for service to the field. In 2020 he was awarded a special commendation as an individual thought leader in the field of wealth management by the Family Wealth Report.

Dr. Jaffe earned his BA in Philosophy, MA in Management, and PhD in Sociology from Yale University. He is a Professor Emeritus of Organizational Systems and Psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco.