Bahara Stapelberg is currently contributing to Green Alpha’s Investment Committee part-time while pursuing her MBA at The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Bahara’s rich and interdisciplinary professional background adds another informed, intelligent point of view to the Investment Committee’s diverse research minds and to our overall decision-making capabilities.
Bahara is also the Executive Director for SurfAid, an international NGO based in Australia with the mission of improving the lives of families in isolated corners of the globe connected through surfing.
She earned her Juris Doctor from the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University. Prior to her current responsibilities, she was in-house counsel and a key strategist for Tikehau Resorts, LLC in Tahiti, and an Associate Attorney at McKasson & Klein and FitzGerald Yap Kreditor corporate law firms, both in Orange County, CA.
After earning her B.A. in English from UCLA, she began her career in the surf industry by working in the marketing departments at Rusty Surfboards and then Quiksilver.
Bahara’s passion has always been in serving her community. Whether as a Board member of her children’s schools (Our Lady of Malibu, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, and Choate Rosemary Hall), as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), or as a member of UCI’s Well-Being Circle Board, Bahara relishes participating in community groups that are well aligned with her passions and skills.
She is currently earning her MBA from The Darden School of Business in the Global Executive MBA program. She is also the CEO of the Darden Executive Fund, the VP of Friday Night Live, a co-chair of the Engagement Leadership Committee, and she sits on the Executive MBA Student Association Board.
Bahara enjoys hiking the canyons and Pilates, and thoroughly enjoys the relaxed pace of Malibu with her husband, three children, and two dogs.