CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Jim Bildner is the CEO of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation where he focuses on investing in nonprofits and social enterprises that are working to solve complex issues including systemic poverty, food insecurity, access to health care, homelessness, community development, and second generation strategies to address these issues. Jim comes to DRK from Harvard where he is 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. At the Kennedy School, his research interests include understanding the role of private capital in solving public problems, extending the capacity of foundations to solve complex societal issues, and the sustainability of public and private systems when governments disinvest in these systems.
He is a trustee of The Kresge Foundation, the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Case Western Reserve University, the Public Citizen Foundation, the Health Foundation for the Americas, the Women’s Funding Network, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newport Festivals Foundation, the Lizard Island Research Foundation in Australia, an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, WBUR, and WGBH Public TV and Radio. He also serves on the boards of Fox Islands Wind, LLC, the EBSF Loan Fund, the Island Institute and Coastal Innovation Loan Fund, TurboVote/Democracy Works Inc., Blueprint Schools, Education SuperHighway, WorldReader, and Sirum. Jim serves on the Investment Committees of boards with aggregate endowments in excess of $5.5B as well as a member of ten finance, investment and/or audit committees of these boards. In 2014 he was named Chair of Kresge’s Investment Committee.
Jim earned his AB from Dartmouth College, his MPA from Harvard, his J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law and an MFA from Lesley University.