While small businesses continue to account for the vast majority of companies in the U.S., corporations — where Chiefs of Staff are predominantly found — are rising in prevalence. According to the most recent statistics available from Tyler Parris, author of Chief of Staff: The Strategic Partner Who Will Revolutionize Your Organization, approximately 68,000 people in the U.S. alone work as a Chief of Staff. This total excludes governmental and military organizations.

In this CAP, we prepare MBA students to enter the business world in Chief of Staff and or Project Management focused roles. Many USF MBA Alums are already thriving in these careers:

  • Gartner Consulting
  • Asana, UCSF
  • Kaiser Permanante
  • Clear Angel


  • Organization Diplomacy and Conflict Management
  • Power, Influence and Adjacent Leadership
  • Agile Project Management
  • CAP Project Class

Sample Projects

HP Inc.  (NYSE: HPQ)

  • Strategy for Digital Transformation-Entreprenuership
  • Client: Roy Etian, Transformation Organization

Asana  (NYSE: ASAN)

  • Global software company focused on improving team collaboration and work management.
  • Client: Silvana Bacigalupo, Chief of Staff

Socure  (Fintech)

  • Digital identity verification & fraud detection solutions
  • Client: Johnny Ayers, Founder and CEO


  • Global Procurement-Process Flow Automation
  • Client: Mark Arigotti, Head of Global Procurement

Employment Outcomes

USF Alumni Chief of Staff and Project Management Titles:

  • Chief of Staff, Finance Strategy and Management, Kaiser Permanente
  • Chief of Staff, People Team at Asana
  • Chief of Staff, Clear Angel
  • Consultant/ Partner, Gartner Consulting
  • Project Management Coordinator, UCSF

Other Titles:

  • Buyer, GAP Inc.
  • Development Director, West Coast Partnership, Springboard Collaborative

CAP Director, Chief of Staff and Project Management

Associate Professor Thomas Maier brings to USF more than 20 years of industry experience, a wealth of current research, and a honed experiential teaching methodology. Prior to academia, Professor Maier was a senior level executive in the hotel, restaurant, and food and beverage industries.

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