CEO, Case Foundation
Chairman, National Geographic Society
Jean Case is an actively engaged philanthropist, investor and a pioneer in the world of interactive technologies. Her career in the private sector spanned nearly two decades before she and her husband, Steve Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997. A passionate believer in all things digital and the amazing potential of technology to change the world for the better, Jean and her team focus the efforts of the Foundation around many of the same entrepreneurial approaches she and Steve cultivated throughout their business careers. The Case Foundation is recognized for its innovative efforts to address significant social challenges, harnessing the best impulses of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and collaboration to drive exponential impact.
In addition to her role as Chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees, Jean serves on the boards of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, the White House Historical Association and BrainScope Company, Inc. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund and the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investing Task Force.
Jean and Steve joined The Giving Pledge, started by Melinda and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010. Jean and Steve have been named as Barron’s “25 Best Givers”, the National Conference on Citizenship Citizens of the Year, and Washingtonians of the Year. Jean was also named Corporate Philanthropist of the Year by the Washington Business Journal, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Washington DC. She has received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Indiana University and George Mason University.