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Orfalea College of Business

Jeffrey Steen

Jeffrey Steen

Office 03-405
Phone 805 756 1742


Jeffrey Steen

Jeff is a lecturer with the Orfalea College of Business’s Entrepreneurship Faculty.  Jeff has spent his career working with start ups, small companies and spin-outs from Global 500 firms.  He is currently managing director of Kachina LLC, an agricultural asset management firm specializing in permanent crops.

He also consults with businesses, cooperatives and government agencies.  Representative projects include a strategic analysis for world’s largest citrus cooperative, market entry strategy for new bio-pesticide firm, industry analysis for 2 different agricultural cooperatives, developed capital structure (including debt and equity investors) for a $5.6 million organic agriculture facility purchase and developed model for public/private partnership to fund solar projects.

He currently serves on the Advisory Board for AgMonitor, an ag tech start up dedicated to bringing big data to important farm problems in water and energy.  He has served as an advisor to a number of venture capital and private equity funds assisting with due diligence on agricultural technology firms.  He also has advised agricultural technology firms on strategy, commercialization and finance.

He is a frequent speaker on corporate and financial strategy.  He has spoken to groups ranging from the Swedish Institute of Management to Stanford University Law School to the Tech Museum’s Awards for Technology Benefitting Humanity.


  • MBA – Georgetown University
  • BA – University of Miami


  • Lecturer – Stanford University, School of Business, School of Earth Sciences, and Public Policy Program
  • Lecturer – University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
  • Adjunct Faculty – St. Mary’s College School of Business and Economics


Managing Director – Kachina LLC

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