The Markle Foundation is pleased to announce today that Steven Denning has been elected to its Board of Directors. Mr. Denning is the Chairman of General Atlantic LLC, a firm he joined in 1980 at its founding and helped to establish as a leading global growth equity investor. Mr. Denning is a dedicated philanthropist and influential leader among non-profit and educational institutions. He is active in helping social entrepreneurs develop successful approaches and forge the partnerships needed to succeed.
“Steve’s substantial expertise in transforming sectors through digital innovation, and his strong belief in the role of philanthropy as a force for public benefit will bring tremendous value to our work in reforming the labor market,” said Zoë Baird, CEO and president of Markle. “He has a successful track record helping organizations tackle systemic challenges and develop the partnerships needed to create impact. We are delighted to have Steve join our Board and look forward to working together to expand opportunities for all Americans in today’s digital economy.”
“Markle’s efforts to create a skills-based labor market are critically needed in our changing economy,” said Mr. Denning. “I’m pleased to be joining an organization with such a strong heritage of active problem-solving, and I share Markle’s passion for pursuing the smart application of data and technology [for the benefit of society].”
Mr. Denning is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Board of Trustees of the Bridgespan Group and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is also Emeritus Chairman of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council, and an emeriti trustee of The Brookings Institution, the American Museum of Natural History and the Georgia Tech Foundation.
Previously, Mr. Denning served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy (TNC).
He received an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1978. Prior to business school, Mr. Denning served for six years in the U.S. Navy, where he also earned an M.S. degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He received a B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1970.
About The Markle Foundation
The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of technology to achieve breakthroughs in addressing some of the nation’s most pressing issues. Markle challenges itself and diverse partners to deploy their varied expertise to identify solutions and achieve systemic change. Today as advanced technology and automation change the very nature of work, Markle’s priority is advancing solutions toward a skills-based labor market that will enable Americans to transition to the opportunities of the digital economy. Markle’s workforce initiatives include Skillful and the Rework America Task Force. They follow Markle’s success in creating policy and technology architecture that has enabled improvements in healthcare, national security and access to the Internet. For more information, visit markle.org, follow @MarkleFdn and @ReworkAmerica on Twitter, and read our book, America’s Moment.