Kimberly Wright-Violich manages and overseas Echidna Giving. Echidna is a founded and funded by the first employee at Google, committing to invest or give a minimum of $500 million to social impact organizations. Echidna focuses its charitable efforts predominately on education in the developing world.
Ms. Wright-Violich also teaches courses on impact investing and strategic philanthropy at Haas.
Previously she served as CEO/President of Schwab Charitable™ 2000-2011. Schwab Charitable offers donor-advised funds and charitable trust services. Under her leadership it attracted over $5 billion in charitable assets from 13,000 donors, and issued over 350,000 charitable grants to 50,000 US-based charities totaling more than $2 billion.
Ms. Wright-Violich has introduced numerous innovative programs to facilitate charitable asset management, including the first-ever microfinance guarantee program using donor advised fund assets. In her eleven years at Schwab Charitable, Ms. Wright-Violich has guided the organization’s growth from a six-month-old start-up to the largest fundraising charity in California and one of the top ten in the US.
Ms. Wright-Violich is a sought-after thought leader on the topic of charitable giving and impact investing. She is published and widely quoted, including in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC, Investment News, Stanford Social Innovation Review and Trust and Estates Magazine. Ms. Wright-Violich has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions including: being named one of San Francisco Bay Area’s 100 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times (2006-2011), receiving a WATCH award (Women at the Center of Leadership and Vision) from the Junior League of San Francisco, and being named one of the 50 most influential women in the US for 2009 in wealth management by Wealth Manager magazine.
She has served on 12 nonprofit governing boards including Northern California Public Broadcasters (KQED TV and Radio), Cancer Prevention Institute of California, The Center for Social Sector Leadership at Haas Business School, Global Citizen Year and the World Affairs Council of the Bay Area. Mr. Wright-Violich has also served on advisory boards to start-up private companies in the impact investing space.
She received an undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. Ms. Wright-Violich completed the Business School Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business, post-graduate work at the Mass Media Institute at Stanford, and course work at Harvard Business School’s Governing for Non-Profit Excellence Program.