Sterling Speirn is President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. Before joining the Kellogg Foundation in 2006, Mr. Speirn was President of the Peninsula Community Foundation, which serves donors and charitable organizations on the San Francisco Peninsula, and in Silicon Valley. Mr. Speirn is also Founder and Chairman of the Center for Venture Philanthropy, which has launched three Social Venture Funds engaging in the issues of poverty, literacy, and environment. He is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Northern California Grantmakers, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Global Philanthropy Forum. In addition, Mr. Speirn is Co-Creator and former Board Member of the “Raising a Reader” program, which now operates nationally in 27 states and has just earned a Fast Company Social Entrepreneurship Award for 2006.
Before joining Peninsula Community Foundation in 1990, Mr. Speirn managed the national computer grants program for nonprofit organizations at Apple Computer. He also has worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.; practiced law in North Carolina; taught English and Literature to 7th and 8th graders in Cleveland, Ohio; and managed a large community health center in Arcata, California. Mr. Speirn, a Michigan native, earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University in California. He holds a law degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.