Jean Case, chair of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation, is a philanthropist, investor, and pioneer in internet and impact investing who advocates for a more fearless approach to transformational breakthroughs. Her career in the private sector spanned nearly two decades before she co-founded 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, Case has been profiled in The New York Times, CNN, CNBC, and more for her work as a leader in the impact investing movement. Under her leadership, the Case Foundation has been recognized for its innovative efforts to address significant social challenges. Out of this work, Case recently published a book, Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose.
Before starting the Case Foundation, Case was a senior executive at America Online and held positions at GE’s Information Services Division and at The Source. Case is chair of the Board of National Geographic Partners; serves on the boards of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure and the White House Historical Association; and sits on many advisory boards, including for Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation. Case was an advisor to the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investing Task Force; served on the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, to which she was appointed as chair by President George W. Bush; and served as co-chair of the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership.
She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016 and has received honorary degrees from Indiana University and George Mason University. Case and her husband Steve signed The Giving Pledge to give the majority of their wealth to charitable causes.