CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Jim Bildner is the CEO at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm investing in early stage social enterprises that are tackling some of the world’s most challenging problems. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches courses on social enterprise and sparking social change. Jim is a trustee of the Kresge Foundation and chair of its Investment Committee and chaired their Social Innovative Capital practice. Jim serves on the board of multiple organizations including The Nonprofit Finance Fund, IDEO.org, EducationSuperHighway, SIRUM, The Empowerment Plan and OpenBiome.
In his board service, Jim serves on the Investment Committees of boards with aggregate endowments in excess of $4B as well as a member of ten finance, investment and/or audit committees of these boards. Jim is a nationally recognized lecturer, panelist, and speaker on nonprofit organizations, social enterprise, capitalization and the institutional role of philanthropy in solving complex societal issues. His prior experience includes 22 years in the private sector including as a consultant at Deloitte and serving as the CEO of two public companies.