James L. Bildner

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Senior Research Fellow
Hauser Institute for Nonprofit Organizations
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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-6513
Email: Jim_Bildner@hks.harvard.edu
James Bildner


Jim Bildner is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. He has extensive experience in the private and nonprofit sectors where he focuses on the institutional role of philanthropy in solving complex societal issues. At the Hauser Center, he is spearheading The Initiative for Sustainable Arts in America, a multi-year project looking at the sustainability of our nations arts and cultural institutions and what the US vital interests are in the arts. Among his board affiliations, he is a trustee of The Kresge Foundation, The Non Profit Finance Fund, Case Western Reserve University, The Public Citizen Foundation, the Health Foundation for the Americas, the Womens Funding Network, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Newport Festivals Foundation, The Lizard Island Research Foundation in Australia, an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a member of the executive board of WBUR (Boston Public Radio)and an Overseer of WGBH Public TV and Radio. He also serves on the boards of Fox Islands Wind, LLC, the EBSF Loan Fund, the Island Institute and Coastal Innovation Loan Fund, Democracy Works Inc. and as a Corporate Trustee of The Trustees of The Reservation and on the board and executive committee of the Chief Executives Organization.

He co-teaches MLD 812, New Frontiers in Philanthropy, Social Enterprise and Impact Investing: Extending the Capacity of Foundations and NGOs to Solve Complex Societal Issues and MLD 805, a new course in Philanthropy for students at Harvard College and the Harvard Kennedy School. In his board service, Mr. Bildner serves on the Investment Committees of boards with aggregate endowments in excess of $5B and serves as a member of ten finance, investment and/or audit committees of these boards. In 2010 he was named chair of Kresges Innovative Capital Committee. Mr. Bildners government service includes serving as a legislative aide and speechwriter in the United States Senate, two terms as a Selectman in Manchester By the Sea and an appointment by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of the Department of Health and Human Services. He earned his AB from Dartmouth College; his MPA from Harvards Kennedy School and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law and is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



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