We’re pleased to announce that Christy Remey Chin, Managing Direction at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, will join us at our Live Pitch Event on May 4, part of our Intro to Startup Series. More about Christy below.
Christy Remey Chin, Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Live Pitch Event, May 4, 2013
Christy Chin is responsible for identifying and supporting Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneurs as well as cultivating and engaging donors in new funds. Before joining DRK in 2009, Christy was the Deputy Director of The Philanthropy Workshop West at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, an executive leadership program for more than 100 high-net worth individuals committed to increasing the effectiveness and impact of their philanthropic work. Prior to Hewlett, Christy 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. Christy also has for-profit experience in venture capital with Bedrock Capital Partners and Norwest Venture Capital. Earlier in her career, Christy worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School where she did research in social entrepreneurship with Professor J. Gregory Dees and in entrepreneurship with Professor Jeffry A. Timmons.
Christy currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations including Avanti, Blue Engine, Education SuperHighway, Green City Force, Jacaranda Health, Students for Education Reform and Urban Teacher Center. Christy also serves on the boards of Benetech, her children’s PTA and is an advisor to Ashoka U and Catalyst Corps. Christy received her Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Colgate University.
Christy grew up in Summit, New Jersey. Christy has a twin sister and a younger brother. Her mom was a teacher and then a homemaker and her father worked as an investment banker and then founded his own venture capital firm. Christy attended public school until 8th grade and then attended an all-girls private school. She was a gymnast in middle school and then a gymnastics coach at the YMCA in high school. Christy followed in her father’s footsteps – attending Colgate and later Harvard Business School and worked in venture capital in Boston and San Francisco.
In 1998, Christy and her husband Eric moved to San Francisco. 9-11 and the dot.com crash made her re-assess her career options. After 10-months of exploration, she was offered a position at the Skoll Foundation and her philanthropy career started. Christy worked with Jeff Skoll of eBay to find and support social entrepreneurs. She then went to the Hewlett Foundation where she had the opportunity to travel abroad to see the work of nonprofits in Rwanda, Uganda, India and Guatemala. Since 2009, Christy has been at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. At the Foundation, Christy selects and supports social entrepreneurs who aspire to change the world. She also works with the donors – the generous individuals who support the Foundation. Christy lives in Portola Valley with her husband, Eric and two children. She serves on the PTA of her children’s school. The Chin family is active – on weekends they are sailing, surfing or skiing. Christy also enjoys yoga and cooking.
Christy will assist with judging the pitches.