|Other names||Jean Wackes
|Occupation||• CEO of the Case Foundation|
|Board member of||• National Geographic Society Board of Trustees
•Malaria No More
• Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure
• Miraval Resort
• The Potomac School
•National Geographic Ventures
|Spouse(s)||Steve Case (1998–present)|
Jean N. Case (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.
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.
Case serves on the National Geographic Society's board of trustees 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, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and the Civil Society, Georgetown University's Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, and the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund.
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). She left AOL in 1996.
Jean Villanueva and Steve Case married in 1998 in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Billy Graham. Today they reside in McLean, Virginia, in a mansion that was the childhood home of Jacqueline Bouvier.
Awards and Recognition
Jean and Steve Case were named by Barron's Magazine as one of the "25 Best Givers" in 2011 and one of the "9 Most Generous Tech Entrepreneurs" by Fast Company in 2013. 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 and honored as Citizens of the Year by the National Conference on Citizenship in 2011
Jean was named the Washington Business Journal's Corporate Philanthropist of the Year in 2011. In 2013 she received the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award from Wake Forest University 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."
Jean and Steve Case have personally invested in and leveraged new online platforms for social good, such as Network for Good, 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.
- "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)...
- National Geographic Society: About Us - Council of Advisors: Jean N. Case
- "Steve and Jean Case pledge half their wealth - Washington Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- National Geographic Society Press Room: Press Release Detail
- . "The Cases ... in their home states of Hawaii and Florida"
- 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.
- Information for Jean N. Villanueva from SEC filing for America Online Inc. 1996-10-31.
- "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.
- "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.
- Eisler, Kim (2007-02-01). "Second Coming". The Washingtonian.
- McGee, Suzanne (2010-12-06). "The 25 Best Givers - Barron's". Online.barrons.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- "The 9 Most Generous Tech Entrepreneurs | Co.Exist | ideas + impact". Fastcoexist.com. 2013-09-19. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- "City Year DC Honorees Include Governor Frank Keating and Brian Sasscer". Case Foundation. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- "Jean Case and Steve Case to receive Citizen of the Year Award". NCoC. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- "Washington Business Journal honors corporate philanthropists - Washington Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- "2013 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Banquet Keynote Speaker | Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship | Wake Forest University". Entrepreneurship.wfu.edu. 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- "About the Mentor: Jean Case - WSJ Startup of the Year 2013". Projects.wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- "1 Billion Reasons to Celebrate with Network for Good". Case Foundation. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
- The Case Foundation
- Jean and Steve Case on their strategy for changing the world
- It’s Time To Be Fearless, Stanford Social Innovation Review
- How to Build the Perfect Philanthropy, Time magazine, Oct. 10, 2012
- Aspen Ideas Fest Video on YouTube
- White House Hosts Innovation Forum for Philanthropists, Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Steve and Jean Case on discuss philanthropy with NYSE CEO Duncan Niederauer
- What Happens When You Infuse Philanthropy With Tech Entrepreneurial Spirit?
- Video of Jean Case opening the Promoting Innovation Summit, co-hosted by the Case Foundation, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and the Domestic Policy Council, April 30, 2010
- Malaria No More
- U.S.-Palestinian Partnership
- "How the New Philanthropy Works" -- Time op-ed by President Bill Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush, and Case Foundation CEO Jean Case, Sept. 24, 2006
- Video of Jean and Steve Case speaking on YouTube at the 2007 Global Philanthropy Forum, July 5, 2007
- Video of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, U.S.-Palestinian Partnership (UPP) Chairman Walter Isaacson, and UPP Co-Chairs Ziad Asali and Jean Case—at a meeting and joint press availability with U.S. business leaders and UPP, April 29, 2008
- Video of Jean Case moderating a panel on "Partners in Service: The Role of the Private Sector" at the 2008 ServiceNation Summit, Sept. 12, 2008