Jeff Leifer is a strategist, social entrepreneur and economic reformer with over 30 years experience at the intersection of technology, transformation and finance.
Jeff founded and leads Circadian Lab, a values-driven strategic consultancy and experience lab that builds scalable, transformational projects across the digital and social landscape. Jeff's work with Circadian brings a systems-thinking approach to initiatives that build creativity, innovation, and regenerative practices.
Prior to launching Circadian, Jeff thrived in the world of finance, pioneering issuer reforms to safeguard taxpayers before establishing his own investment banking firm. Jeff spent the next decade working with local governments to increase transparency and fortify public finance accountability before his firm was acquired by a large commercial bank.
Having recognized the emerging alliance between finance, design and the burgeoning tech world, Jeff formed a boutique venture advisory firm (Sustainable Capital Group), providing resources and strategic mentoring to high-tech start-ups.
Jeffʼs passions have drawn him all over the world in connection with global initiatives, working alongside internationally recognized dissidents such as Andrei Sakharov, negotiating nuclear non-proliferation accords as a State Department liaison, and helping to develop new international markets. The latter, as a visiting teacher to Brazilʼs leading business school (Fundação Getúlio Vargas), grew out of his work with indigenous peoples in an ongoing effort to preserve the Amazon rainforest.
Advancing his belief that the new generation of young leaders will be pivotal to advancing more integrated economic models, Jeff developed a philanthropic coaching toolkit to develop leadership that truly values the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and the planet. He has guest lectured at Stanford Business School, Yale School of Management and University of California, and his leadership journeys and workshops are renowned for promoting transformative change for both young and established investors. Most recently, he became a founding member of A Whole Person Economy, a values-driven organization that promotes regenerative economic models.
Jeff serves on the boards of non-profits committed to the environment, arts and meaningful change in the culture. Previously, Jeff served on the board of Harvard Divinity Schoolʼs Business Leadership Program on Public Values working alongside storied iconoclasts from Norman Lear to Cornel West and co-founded the Southern California branch of Business for Social Responsibility.
Jeff holds an MBA from Yale University and a bachelorʼs from University of California, San Diego.