Kim Starkey

Kim Starkey brings 25 years of expertise in equipping philanthropists, nonprofit leaders and board members to achieve more impact. She is president and CEO of King Philanthropies, a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), and co-author of Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector (Stanford University Press, 2018).

At King Philanthropies, Kim leads all aspects of the organization’s strategy, operations and grantmaking, working closely with its founders, Robert and Dorothy King. Focused on combating extreme poverty in Africa and parts of Asia, the mission of King Philanthropies is “to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the world’s poorest people by multiplying the impact of high performing leaders and organizations”. 

As Stanford GSB, Kim teaches the courses “Social Innovation Practicum” and “Strategic Leadership and Management of Nonprofits and Social Ventures”. The book that she co-authored with Bill Meehan, Engine of Impact, distills extensive research into what drives excellence in the social sector, providing actionable guidance for donors, nonprofit leaders and board members to maximize their personal impact. 

Kim is a regular contributor to Forbes and her work has been featured in publications such as Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), McKinsey Quarterly, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Stanford Business. She served as a visiting practitioner at the Stanford Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society and has advised a wide range of philanthropists, foundations, and nonprofits. Previously, Kim was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.