“This is an opportune time to support the Goldman School; It's mission is more relevant today than ever," says Jim Marver. "The School has made vital contributions to policy-making and to my own life."
Jim is passionate about the School's principles and goals and has given generously of his time, expertise, and financial resources to benefit his alma mater. A member of the Goldman School’s Board of Advisors since 2003, he currently serves as its chairman.
Jim graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College in 1972 before his graduate work at Berkeley. Today, he is the cofounder and managing director of VantagePoint Capital Partners, a venture capital firm that funds technology companies in the Clean Tech, IT and digital media and health care sectors. Jim has worked with hundreds of public and private companies on all aspects of their operations, especially strategy and finance. He has run global technology practices at leading investment banks and has served as a senior consultant at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) where he focused on public policy analysis and research in the fields of special education, higher education and financial industry regulation.
The James D. Marver Chair in Public Policy supports an eminent faculty member at the Goldman School with expertise in education policy, especially early childhood education policy. His gift was generously matched by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.