Freada Kapor Klein

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Freada Kapor Klein
Known for Organizational development and human resources

Freada Kapor Klein, Ph.D. (born 1952) is an entrepreneur, activist in the fields of organizational development and human resources and diversity consulting. Klein also frequently served as an expert witness on gender discrimination and sexual harassment.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Kapor Klein received a bachelor's degree in criminology from University of California, Berkeley in 1974,[2] and a Ph.D. in social policy and research from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1984, with a Social Science Research Council fellowship for the study of sexual harassment in federal government employment.[3][4]


Level Playing Field Institute[edit]

In 2001, she founded the Level Playing Field Institute, a non-profit which promotes innovative approaches to fairness in higher education and workplaces, especially by removing barriers to full participation by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.[1][5] The institute's main programs are promoting computer science participation through hackathons and workshops; intensive summer and weekend educational programs; and research studies.[6][7]

IDEAL Scholars Fund[edit]

While serving on the Executive Board of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley, Klein co-founded the IDEAL Scholars Fund with three other board members in 2000. IDEAL invests in high-caliber, underrepresented students at Berkeley by providing resources and support to maximize their educational experiences and leadership opportunities during college and beyond. The fund was established in response to California Proposition 209.

Research studies[edit]

Kapor Klein’s for-profit and non-profit endeavors include the design and execution of several landmark studies, including: an annual survey of quality of worklife issues in Internet start-ups, a survey of Fortune 500 manufacturing and service firms to determine the effectiveness of corporate efforts to address sexual harassment, a survey of gender bias and sexual harassment experienced by Massachusetts physicians and medical students, survey projects for the United Nations and World Bank on various forms of harassment, and a national representative survey of U.S. employers and employees on their perceptions of fairness in the workplace.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Kapor Klein and her husband, Mitchell Kapor, live in San Francisco, California.[5] Her husband founded Lotus Development, where Kapor Klein had once run a small group in the human resources department, but their relationship did not begin until nine years after she left Lotus.[2]

She served, with Mitchell Kapor, on the Board of Trustees of the Summer Science Program from 2004 to 2006. He had been a student of the program in 1966.


  1. ^ a b c "Handling back to work hurdles" - The View from the Bay
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  5. ^ a b "How Green Is My Mansion?" - New York Times
  6. ^ "Interview with the Level Playing Field Institute" - Model View Culture
  7. ^ Two Silicon Valley Moms Pursue a 'Level Playing Field' in STEM Education - Huffington Post

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