Bill Maurer, UC Irvine social sciences dean and anthropology and law professor, has been elected to serve as a member of the Orange County United Way board of directors. The three-year term began July 1, 2021 and runs through June 30, 2024. Joining him as newly elected members are Ann Johnston, Psomas; Ryan R. Smith, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC); and Victoria M. Rixon, Truist Wealth.

“Orange County United Way is delighted to announce the addition of four new members to our esteemed board of directors,” said Susan B. Parks, President, and CEO of Orange County United Way. “Each individual brings a unique perspective and expertise, and we are looking forward to the collaboration of these driven professionals to advance our organization and positively impact the community.”

Maurer is an internationally recognized expert on the anthropology of law, money and finance. He has served in a number of administrative roles at UC Irvine while founding two major research centers – the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion and Intel-supported Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing – and collaborating across campus, with the business community and with the nonprofit sector. He joined UC Irvine in 1996 as an assistant professor of anthropology and served as chair from 2006 to 2010. In July 2011, he became the school’s associate dean of research and graduate studies and in 2013, he was named dean. From 2015-17, he was an elected member of the National Research Council Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences, a leadership role that put him in a position to advance research in behavioral and social sciences nationally and its ties to public policy. In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He currently serves as the lead research fellow of Filene Research Institute’s Center for Emerging Technology.

Maurer’s research, ranging from the study of offshore financial services to the future of money, has been consistently supported by the National Science Foundation as well as multiple public and private foundations, associations, and corporations. He's the author and editor of numerous books and collections, including, recently, A Cultural History of Money, from Antiquity to the Modern Age (in 6 volumes), and Money at the Margins: Global Perspectives on Technology, Financial Inclusion, and Design. He has worked as a consultant in industry and the non-profit and philanthropic sector, and has also provided expert testimony on his areas of expertise.

Maurer earned a master’s degree and a doctorate at Stanford University. He holds courtesy appointments in the UC Irvine School of Law and the School of Social Ecology’s Department of Criminology, Law & Society.





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