Benetech Names Christy Chin as Chair of its Board of Directors
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Palo Alto, California, April 29, 2014—Benetech has announced the appointment of Christy Chin as the Chair of its Board of Directors. Chin is a Managing Director at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation and has served as a member of Benetech’s Board of Directors since 2009. Chin succeeds longtime Chair and Benetech Founder, Jim Fruchterman.
“Christy has made invaluable contributions to Benetech since she has joined our Board of Directors,” says Jim Fruchterman, who continues as Benetech CEO. “She brings the perfect mix of expertise in the philanthropy sector and demonstrated commitment to supporting social entrepreneurs. I am delighted she is stepping into the role of Chair of our Board and am certain that her insight, leadership, and passion for social innovation will tremendously help Benetech advance its mission and strategic goals.”
Before joining Draper Richards Kaplan in 2009, Chin was the Deputy Director of The Philanthropy Workshop West at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, an executive leadership program for high-net worth individuals committed to increasing the effectiveness and impact of their philanthropic work. Prior to Hewlett, she was a Senior Program Officer at the Skoll Foundation, where she selected and supported recipients of the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship and led efforts to develop the field of social entrepreneurship. She also has for-profit experience in venture capital with Bedrock Capital Partners and Norwest Venture Capital.
“Benetech is a pioneer in the technology-for-good movement and has an exceptional team that is always seeking new ways to maximize its social impact,” Chin says. “I am looking forward to working alongside the Board and the executive team as the new Chair, and to helping guide the organization’s future direction and growth.”
Chin holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Colgate University.
Benetech is a Silicon Valley nonprofit technology company that provides software tools and services to address pressing social needs. Each of its program areas—Global Literacy, Human Rights, the Environment, and Benetech Labs—offers the greatest social impact on funds invested. Social entrepreneur and MacArthur Fellow Jim Fruchterman founded Benetech in 1989 and leads the organization as its CEO. For more information, please visit Benetech.org.