Keith Kegley is a technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. He joined Social Venture Partners in Seattle in 1997 and has been an active partner in Los Angeles since 2006.
Q: How were you introduced to LASVP?
Keith: I heard about it soon after Paul Brainerd and Scott Oki came up with the idea of it in 1997 and joined as soon as I met Paul Shoemaker.
Q: Why did you decide to get involved and what have your roles been with SVP over time?
Keith: I was inspired by the core mission to train and develop savvy philanthropists and felt a deep connection with that agenda, so I began as the first partner education lead. A group of us designed the early philanthropy curriculum in Seattle. We recruited a roster of notable experts and innovative philanthropists to lead a series of workshops and programs and were offering about 40 courses a year. I led the partner orientation workshops for the first 8 years and have co-led a series of those here in Los Angeles as well. I’ve served as a lead partner for 2 investees and as a board member in Los Angeles and actively contribute in various ways to SVPI.
Q: What is your favorite part of being involved in LASVP?
Keith: Learning about the sector, working with social entrepreneurs and investees, collaborating with partners, and teaching partners how to upgrade their philanthropic confidence and savvy.
Q: What is the most memorable experience that you’ve had so far with LASVP?
Keith: Working with Healthy Child Healthy World as a lead partner, feeling confident in our ability to help them and be a resourceful change agent in their transformation as an organization.
Q: What did you dream of when you were a kid?
Keith: I read lots of science fiction, spy novels or political thrillers, so mostly I imagined how the future would be very different and how exciting that was going to be. I got a glimpse of the accelerating pace of technology, won a national invention competition and earned my first patent when I was 15. To me, the future was going to be full of socially transformative inventions and institutions.
Q: What do you look forward to on the weekends?
Keith: Time at home with my wife Ali.
Q: What social issue are you most passionate about?
Keith: I began as a true Earth First tree hugger after hiking through clear-cuts the north cascades, then evolved to realize the environment was an economic justice issue and have progressed to realize that as human beings move into the middle class they care more about the quality of the air, the water, the food and the health of their communities. I believe that for the planet to support a multi-billion person, modern, global society we need as many people in that middle class as we can manage because that’s what stabilizes populations, shifts resources to address those issues, and generates the demand for policies that take care of those concerns.
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