Jean Case

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Jean Case
Born 1959
Residence McLean, Virginia
Other names Jean Wackes[1]
Jean Villanueva
Education Westminster Academy
Occupation CEO of the Case Foundation
Board member of
• National Geographic Society Board of Trustees
Malaria No More
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure
• Brainscope
• Miraval Resort
The Potomac School
•National Geographic Ventures
• ePals
Spouse(s) Steve Case (1998–present)
Website
CaseFoundation.org

Jean N. Case[2] (born 1959) is CEO of the Case Foundation, which she and her husband, AOL co-founder Steve Case, created in 1997. The Cases joined the Giving Pledge in 2011, committing to give away a majority of their wealth.[3]

Civic Service[edit]

In June 2006, she was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

In 2007, Case was asked by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to serve as a co-chair of the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership to promote economic opportunity for the Palestinian people, prepare Palestinian youth for the responsibilities of citizenship and good governance, and marshal new private investment in the West Bank.

Board Service[edit]

Case serves on the National Geographic Society's board of trustees[4] and on the boards of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, Brainscope, and SnagFilms, as well as the advisory councils of the Social Enterprise Initiative for the Harvard Business School, National Conference on Citizenship, and the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund. Case is a former board member of Malaria No More, a New York-based nonprofit that was launched at the December 2006 Summit to end all deaths caused by malaria.

Biography[edit]

Case grew up in Illinois and Florida,[5] and attended high school at the Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, graduating in 1978.[6]

She held positions as a marketing manager with online information services Source Telecomputing Corporation (The Source) and General Electric Information Services (GEnie), then joined America Online (AOL) serving as Director of Marketing (October 1988), then Vice President, Marketing (August 1989) and finally Vice President, Corporate Communications (April 1993).[7] She left AOL in 1996.[8]

Jean Villanueva and Steve Case married in 1998 in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Billy Graham.[9] Today they reside in McLean, Virginia, in a mansion that was the childhood home of Jacqueline Bouvier.[10]

Jean and Steve Case were named by Barron's Magazine as one of the "25 Best Givers" in 2011[11] and one of the "9 Most Generous Tech Entrepreneurs" by Fast Company in 2013.[12] They received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship in 2001. The award was given out by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.. Jean and Steve Case were honored with the Lifetime of Idealism Award by City Year in 2009[13] and honored as Citizens of the Year by the National Conference on Citizenship in 2011[14]

Jean was named the Washington Business Journal's Corporate Philanthropist of the Year in 2011.[15] In 2013 she received the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award from Wake Forest University[16] and was a finalist for the Washington Business Journal's "Most Admired Nonprofit CEO." That same year she as a mentor for the Wall Street Journal's "Startup of the Year."[17]

Investments[edit]

Jean and Steve Case have personally invested in and leveraged new online platforms for social good, such as Network for Good,[18] Causes, and MissionFish. She and Steve Case are owners of resort & spa destination Miraval, and in 2011 she opened Early Mountain Vineyards, a 300-acre property in Virginia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spectrum (newsletter for employees of GEnie, includes 1986 photo of Jean Wackes)" (PDF). GE Information Services Company. August–September 1986. Jean Wackes (Senior Communications Specialist, Advertising and Sales Promotion)... Wackes (who had worked for The Source)... 
  2. ^ National Geographic Society: About Us - Council of Advisors: Jean N. Case
  3. ^ "Steve and Jean Case pledge half their wealth - Washington Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  4. ^ National Geographic Society Press Room: Press Release Detail
  5. ^ The Case Foundation: About Us. "The Cases ... in their home states of Hawaii and Florida"
  6. ^ O'Connor, Lona; Hirschman, Bill (2000-10-17). "AOL Chairman, Wife Donate $8.35 Million to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., School.". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Case, a 1978 graduate, and her husband, Steve, chairman of America Online... , graduating in 1978.
  7. ^ Information for Jean N. Villanueva from SEC filing for America Online Inc. 1996-10-31.
  8. ^ "AOL exec takes leave". Washington Business Journal. 1996-10-18. Jean Villanueva, vice president of corporate communications for America Online Inc., said she will take a six-month leave of absence from the company. 
  9. ^ "Digits: "You've got married"". Wall Street Journal. 1998-07-09. Archived from the original on 1998-07-09. Steve Case ... has tied the knot with companion Jean Villanueva ... the top public-relations official at AOL until she left the company in 1996. Officiating at the small ceremony was the Rev. Billy Graham. 
  10. ^ Eisler, Kim (2007-02-01). "Second Coming". The Washingtonian. 
  11. ^ McGee, Suzanne (2010-12-06). "The 25 Best Givers - Barron's". Online.barrons.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  12. ^ "The 9 Most Generous Tech Entrepreneurs | Co.Exist | ideas + impact". Fastcoexist.com. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  13. ^ "City Year DC Honorees Include Governor Frank Keating and Brian Sasscer". Case Foundation. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  14. ^ "Jean Case and Steve Case to receive “Citizen of the Year” Award". NCoC. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  15. ^ "Washington Business Journal honors corporate philanthropists - Washington Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  16. ^ "2013 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Banquet Keynote Speaker | Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship | Wake Forest University". Entrepreneurship.wfu.edu. 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  17. ^ "About the Mentor: Jean Case - WSJ Startup of the Year 2013". Projects.wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  18. ^ "1 Billion Reasons to Celebrate with Network for Good". Case Foundation. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 

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