Faculty Profile

Joe DiNunzio
Executive Director, Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Assistant Adjunct Professor

Research Expertise: Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

Joe DiNunzio is a senior executive with three decades of creative, technical and business leadership creating new ventures and building successful organizations. He has extensive experience as a management consulting practice leader, a Fortune 100 senior operating executive, an entrepreneur and an educator.  

DiNunzio is the executive director of the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. At the institute he leads academies and fellowship programs that bring together researchers in science, engineering, social sciences and humanities with faculty, experienced entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to support technology transfer and commercialization activities. He also serves as an assistant adjunct professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, where he co-founded and led the IMPACT Consulting capstone core curriculum course for the second-year MBA students.  

DiNunzio is the president of Fido Management, a consulting firm that works with Fortune 500 and early-stage companies to drive growth through innovation by creating new products and experiences, and developing new business strategies, operations and market-driven initiatives. 

DiNunzio’s entrepreneurial experience includes CFO and board member for Harebrained Schemes, an independent game developer acquired by Paradox Interactive AB (publ); chairman, CEO and co-founder of 42 Entertainment, a digital advertising and alternative reality agency; and founding CEO of Z.com, a venture-backed digital media studio and network.  

DiNunzio’s prior corporate work includes serving as SVP of new product development at Walt Disney Imagineering, where he led the global development of theme park concepts and digital media initiatives, and built the company’s first digital theme park, DisneyQuest; as a principal at management consultancy Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he sold and led client engagements in marketing, operations and organization; and in brand management at Procter & Gamble.

DiNunzio has an A.B. (psychology) from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford. He serves as an elected trustee for Davis Joint Unified School District board. He and his wife, Liz Stelow, DVM, have 12-year-old twins and a menagerie of animals.