David Batstone

David Batstone


Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6081 Malloy Hall, Room 411


Professor David Batstone teaches in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at USF School of Management. Previously a private equity banker in the technology industry, Batstone is published widely in both academia and the popular press. His five books feature entrepreneurship at the crossroads of business and society.  USA (Today) Weekend describes Batstone as “one of the country’s leading authorities on ethics in the business world."

A sought-after speaker and consultant to businesses and nonprofits alike, Batstone works with entrepreneurs and investors to create forward-thinking companies that return dignity to people and planet and shares his unique model for developing successful enterprises that create an opportunity for everyone. His ground-breaking work has earned him numerous awards. Most recently the United Nations Women for Peace Association selected him as their annual Peace Award winner in 2017.  He also was awarded in 2017 the Harari Conscious Leadership and Social Innovation prize (USF School of Management award).

Batstone is the founder and managing director of Just Business, a social impact investment firm. His portfolio of successful ventures includes REBBL " top new organic beverage in the USA" (2016), Relocity, American Battery, Hydra Energy, Haus of Z, and Not For Sale. As founder of Not For Sale, Batstone has connected business leaders, celebrities, politicians, and students to design strategic solutions for the 30 million human slaves in the world today.

In 1997 Batstone was one of the founding team members of Business 2.0 magazine, which burst onto the publishing scene with National Magazine Award “Best New US Magazine."  Time-Warner acquired Business 2.0 magazine in 2001. Batstone also has been a contributor to The New York Times, Wired, The Chicago Tribune, Spin, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 1989
M.Div, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, 1984
M.Div, International Baptist Seminary, Rüschlikon, Switzerland, 1982
BA, Psychology, Westmont College, CA, 1980
Foreign Correspondent, San Francisco Examiner, 1994-1995
Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture, New College for Advanced Christian Studies, Berkeley, CA, 1991-1993
Selected Publications

Not For Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade - and How We Can Fight It, Harper Collins, 2010

From Conquest to Struggle: Jesus of Nazareth in Latin America, State University of New York Press, 2009

Saving the Corporate Soul and (Who Knows?) Maybe Your Own, Jossey-Bass, 2003

Awards & Distinctions

Nautilus Award, "2004 Best Business Book," Saving the Corporate Soul And (Who Knows?) Maybe Your Own

Alumni Global Service Award, Westmont College, 2010

Evangelical Press Award for "Best Regular Column," 2002

Evangelical Press Award for "Best General Feature," 2002

National Endowment for the Humanities Chair, USF, 1998-1999 (for work in technology and ethics)

First Prize National Award for "Innovative Programming in the Humanities," Universities of Continuing Education, 1997

National Journalist Award, Associated Church Press, for "Best News Story," 1996

National Journalist Award, Associated Church Press, for "Best Interview," 1996