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Kim Syman
Managing Partner and Director of the Action Tank
New Profit Inc.

Kim Syman joined New Profit in 2002, bringing with her more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. Over the past six years, Kim has anchored relationships with portfolio organizations as well as key individual and institutional investors. She oversees New Profit's annual Gathering of Leaders, a convening of social entrepreneurs and other cross-sector leaders; America Forward, an initiative that seeks to shape and promote a social innovation policy agenda; and the Urban Assets Initiative, an effort to drive change at the city level. From 1999 through 2002, Kim served as Executive Director of the Green Mountain Horse Association in Vermont, where she worked to redevelop organization as a key link between the $80 million equine industry and the movement to ensure sustainable open spaces. Kim worked for City Year, Inc., a national service program for young people, from 1995-99. At City Year she served as interim National Development Director, led an effort to generate resources to grow City Year's network, and was a member of the development team of New Profit. From 1991 through 1993, Kim led a citizen's group addressing the needs of disadvantaged populations in her New York City neighborhood while working in television news and documentary production. After interning at the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, she served on the production team for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions' Emmy award-winning documentary series on American health care policy and later worked as a freelancer for the British Broadcast Corporation in New York, and on other news and documentary television projects. Kim received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and studied Social Anthropology at Oxford University.

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Richard Meserve Carnegie Institution
Robert Berenson The Urban Institute
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Claremont Graduate University
Gene Steuerle The Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Girard Miller Public Financial Management, Inc.
Derek Bok Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government

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