Kim Starkey Jonker

Kim is President and CEO of King Philanthropies. In that role, Kim oversees the organization’s ambitious initiatives to achieve its mission: to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the world’s poorest by multiplying the impact of high-performing leaders and organizations. Working closely with its founders, Robert and Dorothy King, Kim leads all aspects of King Philanthropies’ strategy, operations and grantmaking.

She is co-author, with William F. Meehan III, of Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector (Stanford University Press, November 2017). Kim is also a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), where she teaches “Social Ventures Practicum”. In this course, students develop ideas and plans for establishing new ventures with a social mission (structured either as a for-profit or nonprofit organization).

Kim brings more than 25 years of experience as a leader in both the business and social sectors. She has served as an advisor to a wide range of philanthropists, foundations, and nonprofit organizations on topics such as strategy, impact evaluation, board governance, and organizational effectiveness. Kim was executive director of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership for a decade, selecting and recognizing extraordinary leaders and organizations in the nonprofit sector. She also served as a visiting practitioner at the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS).

Kim is a frequent contributor to the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Forbes. She is an active member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) and serves on the Advisory Council of Last Mile Health. Previously, Kim was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. She also served as a Farber Fellow at REDF (the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund), which promotes job creation by investing in social enterprises.

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

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