Spirit of America board member since 2004
Jim founded Spirit of America in response to the attacks of 9/11. SoA is a citizen- funded 501c3 nonprofit that provides humanitarian and economic assistance in response to needs identified by US troops and diplomats serving abroad.
Spirit of America is a not-neutral NGO; it ‘takes a side’ and only provides assistance in support of the safety and success of US troops and diplomats and the local people and partners they seek to help. This is a new model of providing private assistance in support of America’s security, leadership and values that General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal calls “an innovation important to our country’s future.”
Prior to Spirit of America Jim was an Internet 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 member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Honorary Member of the US Army Civil Affairs Regiment, and a member of State Department’s Stabilization Advisory Council. Jim is a contributing author to Warriors and Citizens. He has lectured on entrepreneurship at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, the SMU Cox School of Business and USC’s Annenberg School for Communication. He has given talks at the TED Conference, the Aspen Institute, the Bush School at Texas A&M and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. See Jim’s TED talk here.
Jim received a BA and graduated with distinction in Economics from Dartmouth College. He earned an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Jim is the founder and President Emeritus of The Friends of Arjay Miller (FOAM) – Stanford business school’s longest-lived and most active 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