Kim Starkey


Kim Starkey

Lecturer in Management


Kim Starkey is president and CEO of King Philanthropies, lecturer in management at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and coauthor of Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector (Stanford University Press).

At King Philanthropies, Kim oversees the organization’s ambitious initiatives to combat global poverty by identifying, supporting, and partnering with high performing social sector leaders and organizations. Working closely with its founders, Robert and Dorothy King, Kim leads all aspects of King Philanthropies’ strategy, operations, and grantmaking.

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 serves on the steering committee of Stronger Foundations for Nutrition, the world’s leading collaborative of philanthropic organizations working to end malnutrition around the world. She is also an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization and serves on the advisory council of Last Mile Health. Previously, Kim was executive director of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership, 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. Kim was also a management consultant at McKinsey Company in its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. A Harry S. Truman Scholar, Kim holds an MBA from 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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