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Kim Wright-Violich

Kim, a Managing Partner at Tideline, a boutique impact investing consulting firm, is a leader in strategic philanthropy and impact investing. Formerly CEO of Schwab Charitable, she oversaw the organization’s growth from a startup to $5 billion in contributed assets. Under Kim’s leadership, Schwab launched a pioneering impact investing program that allowed donors to guarantee microfinance loans. Schwab was also a pioneer in permitting independent investment advisors to manage investments in client accounts, and in developing the corresponding risk and performance monitoring systems necessary to oversee these investments.

A recognized influential voice in the industry, she is widely published and quoted, including in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC, Bloomberg, Investment News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Chronicle of Philanthropy and Trusts & Estates Magazine. Kim helped direct an effort among a consortium of national donor-advised funds to inform regulation defining and governing DAFs, including providing advice on the related provisions of the Pension Protection Act. Kim has taught and lectured on impact investing and strategic philanthropy at Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley and guest lectures on governance at Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2009, Wealth Management magazine named Kim one of the 50 most influential women in the US in wealth management, currently serves on the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, and the Center of Social Sector Leadership at Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley. Kim earned a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. She also completed the executive MBA-SEP program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, post-graduate work at the Mass Media Institute at Stanford, as well as coursework in governance at Harvard Business School.