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Jim Bildner

CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation


Jim Bildner is the CEO of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation where he focuses on investing in nonprofits and social enterprises that are working to solve complex issues including systemic poverty, environmental and conservation issues, food insecurity, access to healthcare, homelessness, community development and second generation strategies to address these issues. Jim is also an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. His prior experience includes 22 years in the private sector, several years in the government and public sector, and more than a decade in the foundation and philanthropic sector.

Among his board affiliations, he is a trustee of The Kresge Foundation, The Non Profit Finance Fund, The Public Citizen Foundation, the Health Foundation for the Americas, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Newport Festivals Foundation, and a member of the executive board of WBUR (Boston Public Radio). He also serves on the boards of ROCA, Inc., Baroo, Inc., Fox Islands Wind, LLC, the EBSF Loan Fund, the Island Institute and Coastal Innovation Loan Fund, Education SuperHighway,, SIRUM, the Earth Genome, CAST, OpenBiome, Service Year, Open Up Resources, Inc., Landed, Inc., the GroundTruth Project, the Empowerment Plan, and UpTrust. He is a member of Young Presidents/World Presidents Organization and a member of the Chief Executives Organization.

In his board service, Mr. Bildner serves on the Investment Committees of boards with aggregate endowments in excess of $4B as well as a member of multiple finance, investment and/or audit committees of these boards. In 2010 he was named Chair of Kresge's Social Innovative Capital Committee and in 2014 became Chair of Kresge's Investment Committee.