Kimberly Wright-Violich is co-founder and managing partner of Tideline Advisors, a boutique impact investment consultancy. Clients include private companies, foundations, endowments, government agencies, investment advisors and high net worth individuals and families. Through Tideline, Kim is also the Acting President and Principal Consultant for Echidna Giving. Echidna Giving is funded by a signer of the Giving Pledge who has committed to invest a minimum of $500 million in charitable organizations, predominantly focused on girls’ education in the developing world.
Before launching Tideline, Kim was CEO of Schwab Charitable founded by Charles Schwab & Co. She grew Schwab Charitable from a start-up, to $3.5 billion in assets. She pioneered the ability of independent investment advisors to manage the assets in a donor advised fund (DAF) and developed risk assessment and performance monitoring methodology and tools for managing those charitable assets, as well as launching first-of-its-kind using DAF assets, microfinance guarantee fund.
A recognized and influential voice in the industry, she helped direct an effort among national DAFs, which informed regulations defining and governing DAFs, including the related provisions of the Pension Protection Act. Kim is published and widely quoted, including in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, CNBC, Investment News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Trust and Estates Magazine, Milken Institute. She also teaches and lectures on impact investing and strategic philanthropy at Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Center for Social Sector Leadership at Haas Business School at UC Berkeley, Global Citizen Year and World Affairs Council, Bay Area.
Kim earned a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. She completed the executive MBA-SEP program at Stanford Graduate School of Business, post-graduate work at the Mass Media Institute at Stanford, as well as course work at Harvard Business School.
Courses Taught: Cal Strategic Philanthropy