Blum Center for Developing Economies

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Blum Center for Developing Economies was established in 2006, and the building was erected in 2010 to house the Global Poverty and Practice minor. The building was designed by the Gensler architectural firm who was also involved in the restoration of the Naval Architecture Building. It is named after UC Regent Richard Blum who donated $15 million out of the $18 million allocated for the new center. There were several protests directed towards Blum because of the student fee increases and pension cuts.


The center’s mission is to use technology to solve real-world problems while educating students to fight against global poverty.