Renee D. Kaplan
Renee Kaplan is Chief Strategy Officer and oversees programs at the Skoll Foundation. This role mobilizes foundation resources to: invest in innovations that demonstrate large scale change, cultivate a global community of innovators, and capture and communicate evidence of impact on the world’s most pressing problems.
Renee has more than 20 years of business experience in corporate, entrepreneurial and foundation sectors. Her professional background includes eight years at Microsoft in corporate and international marketing – working directly with executive leadership and spending considerable time in India, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East emerging markets. Following Microsoft, she was founder and CEO of an e-commerce start up, Future Workplace, Inc., which was eventually sold. As an entrepreneur, she was active in Young Entrepreneurs Organization (Y.E.O.) and was named to the“40 Under 40” list by the Puget Sound Business Journal recognizing the region’s next generation of visionary business leaders. After selling her business, she spent six years as Executive Vice President of the Casey Family Programs Foundation, executing a strategic reorganization of the foundation. She was most recently the principal of RKaplan Consulting, and partnered with clients such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Trusera Corporation (healthcare/social networking), Teris Corporation (legal and technology services), the Palo Alto Unified School District, the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civic Society, and Patty Stonesifer, Co-Chair of the White House Council on Community Solutions.
Renee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and International Studies from Washington State University and has a passion for advising social ventures, including the Foster Care Alumni of America in Washington, D.C. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two sons and is an avid soccer player.