Kim Starkey

Kim Starkey

President and CEO

Kim is President and CEO of King Philanthropies. Working closely with its founders, Robert and Dorothy King, she leads all aspects of King Philanthropies’ strategy, operations, and grantmaking. In that role, Kim focuses on a goal that she has pursued throughout her career: to equip leaders and organizations to achieve extraordinary impact.

In addition to leading King Philanthropies, Kim teaches at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) as a Lecturer in Management. Her GSB courses focus on equipping students to develop the skills needed to establish for-profit or nonprofit social ventures. Kim has also consulted to a wide range of philanthropists, foundations, and nonprofit organizations on topics such as strategy, impact evaluation, board governance, and organizational effectiveness. She is an active member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) and serves on the Advisory Council of Last Mile Health.

Kim writes widely about leadership and organizational excellence in the social sector. She contributes frequently to publications such as Stanford Social Innovation Review and Forbes, and she co-authored the book Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector (Stanford University Press, 2017).

Previously, Kim served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company and as a Farber Fellow at the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund. She was also Executive Director of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership, which identified and recognized extraordinary leaders and organizations in the nonprofit sector. She was a Visiting Practitioner at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS).

A Harry S. Truman Scholar, Kim holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, an M.Sc. degree in economics for development from the University of Oxford, and an M.Sc. degree in international relations from the London School of Economics.

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