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Stephen Kirnon

Visiting Faculty
SEC Program Director
Education Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Dr. Stephen Kirnon heads the Northern California office of Strawn Arnold Ashpitz Groover, a life science executive search firm, and serves on several biomedical boards. With more than 25 years of operational experience in biomedical organizations, Dr. Kirnon joins GSEP as an adjunct faculty for the new Social Entrepreneurship and Change master’s program.

Kirnon is a firm believer in the idea that social entrepreneurship should be a part of every for-profit business model, and has long been involved in both education and transformational leadership development. He is a trustee for the New England College of Optometry, and a member of the steering board for Pope John Paul II Catholic High School.

Prior to his current position, Kirnon served as president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of both Pepgen Corporation and Target Protein Technologies, Inc.; president, COO and member of the board of Yamanouchi Pharma Technologies, Inc.; and president of the Drug Delivery Division of Cygnus, Inc.


  • EdD, Pepperdine University
  • MBA, Pepperdine University
  • BA, Harvard University


  • Creating a Compelling Vision for Change