Kimberly Starkey

Kimberly Starkey
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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 alleviate 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. At Stanford Graduate School of Business, Kim 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. Kim serves on the steering committee of the Coalition of Philanthropies for Global 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 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.


Degree Courses


This course seeks to provide a survey of the strategic, governance, and management issues facing a wide range of nonprofit organizations and their executive and board leaders, in the era of venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. The...


Social Innovation Practicum is an experiential learning course. Through the format of an interactive workshop, students will learn about the social sector by researching a problem or unmet need in society and then developing, testing, and...

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