Jim Bildner is managing director of the Center for Applied Philanthropy and The Fund for Sustainability. He is chairman of the Literary Ventures Fund and general partner of New Horizons Partners, LLC. He is a trustee of The Kresge Foundation, Case Western Reserve University, Lesley University, The Non Profit Finance Fund, The National Public Radio Foundation and The Trustees of Reservations. He is on the board of The Lizard Island Research Foundation in Australia, The Good Deed Foundation and the McCue Corporation. He is an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the executive council of WBUR (Boston Public Radio), chairman of WBUR’s Board of Overseers and an overseer of WGBH Public TV and Radio. He is also a member of the National Council of Environmental Defense, chairman of the Coral Reef Science Foundation and on the editorial board of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.
A frequent lecturer and speaker on venture philanthropy and literature, he is also an adjunct professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and is the Humanities and Literature Departments’ entrepreneur in residence at Clark University. In his board service, Mr. Bildner serves on the investment committees of boards with aggregate endowments in excess of $6 billion and serves as chair or a member of the finance and audit committees of three boards.
Mr. Bildner earned his A.B. from Dartmouth College, his J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law and his M.F.A. from Lesley University. Mr. Bildner has written numerous articles, op-ed pieces and commentaries for newspapers, magazines and radio including National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” The Boston Globe, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hampshire Daily Gazette and Inc.Magazine. His most recent book, “A Visual Cruising Guide to the Maine Coast,” was published by McGraw Hill in May of 2006. He is a candidate for an M.S. in journalism at Boston University, a member of the Writers Room of Boston, Inc. and a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.