Jim Hake

Chief Executive Officer

Jim Hake founded Spirit of America in response to the attacks of 9/11. Spirit of America is a citizen-funded 501c3 nonprofit that directly contributes to the safety and success of Americans serving abroad and the local people and partners they seek to help.

Spirit of America is a “not-neutral” nongovernmental organization; it takes America’s side and only provides assistance in response to needs identified by deployed US troops and diplomats. This is a new private-public model to support America’s security, leadership, and values. General Stanley McChrystal calls it “an innovation important to our country’s future.” Spirit of America is the only nonprofit officially approved by Congress and the Department of Defense to work alongside deployed US troops and provide private assistance in support of their missions.

Prior to Spirit of America Jim was an entrepreneur. He founded Access Media, one of the first internet media companies, and sold it to Softbank Forums. It was later incorporated into Ziff Davis. In 2000 and 2001, Jim was named a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum. Jim has been honored at the Marines Evening Parade. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an honorary member of the US Army Civil Affairs Regiment. Jim is a contributing author to Warriors and Citizens, a book edited by General Jim Mattis and Dr. Kori Schake. He has given talks on entrepreneurship at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business and University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication. He has given talks at the TED Conference, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, the Aspen Institute, Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, and Tuft University’s Fletcher School.

Jim received a BA with distinction in economics from Dartmouth College. Throughout college Jim worked as a member of Local 161 of the International Association of Ironworkers — the riggers union in Philadelphia. After Dartmouth, Jim trained as a hovercraft pilot with the Canadian Coast Guard and was part of a team that tested the viability of commercial hovercraft transportation in southwestern Alaska.

Jim earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is the founder and president emeritus of The Friends of Arjay Miller (FOAM), Stanford business school’s longest-lived social institution.

Jim in the news:
Wall Street Journal: How a Venture Capitalist Went to War
TED Talk: The New War and Peace
Uncommon Knowledge: Jim Hake and General Jim Mattis
American Enterprise Institute: Advancing American Interests Through Philanthropy 
National Public Radio: American Charity Helps War-Ravaged Music School In Ukraine
National Public Radio: American Charity Backs Military Radio Station In Ukraine
Philanthropy Magazine: War, Peace, Philanthropy
New York Times: Radio Free Syria

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Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22201

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“You don't have to wear a uniform to serve the nation.™” and “Patriotism without politics.™” are trademarked by Spirit of America.

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