Later this month, one of VPP’s founding investors, Kathy Bushkin Calvin, will join the United Nations Foundation as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Kathy is leaving her post as the senior vice president of AOL Time Warner and president of the AOL Time Warner Foundation.
The United Nations Foundation was created in 1998 with a historic $1 billion gift from businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner. Kathy will oversee the foundation’s grantmaking and other activities that address international health, humanitarian, socioeconomic, and environmental challenges.
Kathy brings a wealth of experience in communications and philanthropy to the UN Foundation. She began her tenure at AOL as the company’s chief communications officer in 1997. She ran the media relations practice for Hill and Knowlton USA from 1996 to 1997, and she was the director of editorial administration for U.S. News & World Report from 1985 to 1996. From 1976 to 1984, she served as communications director and co-legislative director for Senator Gary Hart in both his Senate office and his 1984 presidential campaign. A few years ago, Kathy and her husband, Art Bushkin, created the Stargazer Foundation, which provides free technology support to nonprofit organizations.