Lam Family College of Business

The Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State is San Francisco’s public business school. We embrace the area’s rich diversity and provide access to  professional success through high quality teaching, innovative and relevant courses, discipline-based and pedagogical scholarship, and engagement with the academic and business communities. 

AACSB Accredited

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Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International since 1964, the Lam Family College of Business at San Francisco State University provides a high quality business education to a diverse learning community through innovative teaching, research, and support. We are one of just five percent of all business schools worldwide that meet the rigorous standards for this accreditation.

Our commitment to sustainable business, diversity, social justice and global partnerships echoes our core philosophy of responsible leadership. Our College prepares students to succeed in an economy that is global in nature. As one of the top-ranked public universities, we have been recognized worldwide for our investments in diversity, social responsibility, and visionary academics. We aspire to be one of the best public urban business schools by applying sustainability and ethical perspectives to our understanding of business practice, global leadership, innovation, the economy and society.

Our Graduate Business Programs, conveniently located at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus in the heart of San Francisco, educates leaders for careers in the growing innovative industries of the dynamic Bay Area and global marketplace.


Alumnus Chris Larsen (B.S., '84), wife Lyna Lam and Rippleworks have partnered together to generously donate $25 million to SF State's College of Business.

The Chris Larsen and Lyna Lam Funds for the College of Business will inspire innovation, entrepreneurship, and financial technology education. Read about Chris' voyage from being first in his family to attend college to one of the world's most iconoclastic business leaders.


Lam Family College of Business Funding Initiatives

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Scholarship can make the difference of students being able to buy textbooks, pay for tuition, or even stay in college.

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Institute for Innovation

The Institute for Innovation will include an incubator space, access to angel funding, scholarships, awards and an endowed chair.

Outside shot of the SFSU business building

Center for the “Language of Business”

The Center will become a central hub for accounting students, faculty, alumni and industry professionals to collaborate together.

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Trading Room & Student Investment Fund

The stock trading room provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable real world hands-on experience.

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Institute for Wine, Food & Restaurant Management

The Institute will coordinate education, research and applied learning across the fine food, restaurant and wine industries.

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Business Enterprise &
Engagement Center

The Center will provide career development resources, internship opportunities, faculty-led consulting engagements and student conferences.


Lam Family College of Business Stories

First responders might have a new partner on the way thanks to a team of forward-thinking San Francisco State University students. The students recently took home first prize at the Lam Family College of Business’ third annual Entrepreneurship Symposium and Pitch Competition with Simba Police, a voice-activated mobile assistant designed to help first responders in emergency situations.

“The power of SF State's Volonteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is twofold: One, valuable work and service experience for students, and two, the VITA program gives back to the community in meaningful ways by generating a $1 million in tax refunds to those who need it.” - Katie Hetherington, J.D., Assistant Professor in Accounting in the Lam Family College of Business

International startup ZoraBots, a software company, wants its clients to envision this scenario, and San Francisco State University Lam Family College of Business students are making that possible.

The yearlong commercial real estate program starts in September and is open to all Lam Family College of Business students. SF State received funding for the program through the Commercial Real Estate Alliance for Tomorrow’s Employees (CREATE), a collaboration between various commercial real estate trade organizations, led by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) San Francisco. The idea behind the program is to attract future leaders.


For more information about donating to the Lam Family College of Business:


Manny Nungaray

Executive Director of Development & Campaign Operations
University Development
Phone: (415) 405-2655


Janine Hurty

Director of Development for the Lam Family College of Business
Lam Family College of Business
Phone: (415) 338-1183