Kimberly Wright-Violich Elected to CFP Board’s Board of Directors

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Kimberly Wright-Violich Elected to CFP Board’s Board of Directors

Dec 16, 2013

Prominent charitable and social impact executive Kimberly Wright-Violich has been elected to serve a four-year term as a public member on the Board of Directors for Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

“We are excited to have Kim join our Board as she will bring a unique set of perspectives and experiences that will help CFP Board advance its mission,” said Board Chair Nancy Kistner, CFP®.

Wright-Violich is currently a principal and co-founder in an impact investing and philanthropic advising firm and acting president of Echidna Giving. Echidna Giving is a social impact LLC that was founded by the first employee at Google. The organization is committed to improving girls’ education in the developing world. Wright-Violich also teaches and lectures about impact investing and strategic philanthropy at the University of California’s Haas School of Business.

Previously, Wright-Violich was the CEO and President of Schwab Charitable for 11 years, where she grew the organization from a start-up to $3.5 billion in assets.

A graduate of Stanford University, Wright-Violich also serves as a volunteer leader for other organizations including the Boards of the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership; World Affairs Council of the Bay Area; Cancer Prevention Institute of California; and Global Citizen Year.

Wright-Violich was elected at the Fall 2013 meeting. Her term begins January 1, 2014. The Board has 14 voting members and one non-voting member, Kevin R. Keller, CAE – Chief Executive Officer of CFP Board.


The mission of Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for competent and ethical personal financial planning. The Board of Directors, in furthering CFP Board's mission, acts on behalf of the public, CFP® professionals and other stakeholders. CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.  CFP Board currently authorizes nearly 69,000 individuals to use these marks in the U.S.

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