Our Mission

Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad started The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts. The Broad Foundation invests in the people, programs and institutions that are improving the human mind, body and spirit.

The foundation has created groundbreaking independent institutions in each of its three investment areas, including The Broad Center, which develops leaders to help transform America’s urban public schools, The Broad Institute, a global leader in genomics, and The Broad, a museum in downtown Los Angeles devoted to showcasing great contemporary art.

Our Approach

At The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, we don’t simply write checks. We make grants to promising people and organizations working to improve public schools, advance scientific and medical research and make the arts accessible to the broadest public. We expect results in the form of improved academic achievement for all students, greater public access to great art and architecture and groundbreaking advances in scientific and medical research.

Unlike many foundations, we don’t have a formal application process. Our grants team seeks out innovative leaders and nonprofit organizations that are pursuing transformative ideas. In addition to offering financial support, we provide non-monetary assistance, serving as thought-partners and helping our grantees go from early-stage implementation to achieving their goals. And we expect results. We establish benchmarks at the start of each grant to track progress, and we partner with our grantees to help them advance their work.

Before we invest, we ask ourselves three questions that guide our decisions:

Three Questions


  • Will this happen without us?
  • Will it make a difference in 20 or more years?
  • Is the leadership in place to make it happen?

We are enormously proud of the work of our grantees across all three areas of our philanthropy. They are amazing organizations with staffs who work tirelessly to ensure every child in America has access to a great public school, to discover the causes of disease, and to make art accessible to a broad public. We are humbled to be able to help them make the world a better place to live, learn, work and play.

A Lifetime of Giving

founders

Eli and Edythe Broad, who came from humble backgrounds to become two of the world’s leading philanthropists, have devoted their lives to giving back to the country that gave them the opportunity to live the American Dream.

Growing up in Detroit and attending public schools, Eli and Edye met in 1953 and married the next year. After graduating cum laude in three years from Michigan State University, Eli became the youngest certified public accountant in the state’s history. Restless to make more money, he decided to start a homebuilding business. By eliminating basements and passing on the savings, Eli made home ownership possible for young families who otherwise couldn’t afford it. Kaufman and Broad Homebuilding Corporation was an immediate success and soon expanded across the country and in France. Eli and Edye moved their family and the company headquarters to Los Angeles to grow the business in 1963, where the Broads have lived ever since.

In 1971, Eli acquired SunLife, a small insurance company founded in 1890, for $52 million and transformed it into a new business that would answer another essential public need: offering secure retirement savings to aging Baby Boomers—the same customers who bought homes from Kaufman and Broad. SunAmerica, as Eli renamed the company, provided retirements for a generation of Americans. The company was the best-performing on the New York Stock Exchange for a decade, brought thousands of jobs to Los Angeles and created wealth for its employees, shareholders and Eli’s family when he sold the company to AIG for $18 billion in 1999.

Rather than retire, Eli and Edye decided to devote their lives, and their lifetime earnings, to philanthropy. The Broads had always been philanthropic, giving as early as the 1950s to causes close to home. They donated to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from its founding in 1965 and to UCLA as early as 1967. That same year, they established a family foundation.

As the Broads’ capacity to give grew, the focus of their philanthropy sharpened, as did their commitment to making sure their philanthropy created a positive return for the public good. Eli and Edye devoted their giving to improving the human mind, body and spirit by investing in improving K-12 public schools, advancing scientific and medical research and expanding public access to the arts.

These three areas of philanthropy held special meaning for the Broads—as graduates of Detroit Public Schools, as parents of a son who struggles with an incurable disease and as passionate, lifelong collectors and champions of contemporary art and architecture. As one of the first signatories of the Giving Pledge, the Broads have promised to give away 75 percent of their net worth. And their commitment goes far beyond writing checks. The Broads work to create lasting positive change through institutions like high-quality public charter schools, genomics and stem cell research centers and contemporary art museums like The Broad in downtown Los Angeles.

Over the course of their lives, the Broads have invested more than $4.1 billion in these causes for the simple reason that they believe in philanthropy, as in business, they have a moral obligation to work to make life better for people.

Staff

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

Victoria Alba

Director of Human Resources

Naji Assaf

Director of Information Technology

Julie Baker

Senior Tax Director

Eli Broad

Founder

Michael Bruce

Senior Finance Director

Sue Y. Chi

Director

Jill Kristy Del Mar

IT Systems Administrator

Karen Denne

Chief Communications Officer

Anna Hoffman

Front Desk and Office Manager

Deborah Kanter

General Counsel

Heidi Kato

Chief Administrative Officer

K.C. Krieger

Managing Director of Investments

Tina Larsen

Executive Assistant

Helen Lee

Investment Operations Manager

Elizabeth Luna

Human Resources Administrator

Wes Maedo

Senior Accountant

Gregory McGinity

Executive Director

Colleen Mun

Accountant

Swati Pandey

Assistant Director, Communications

Ako Pizer

Accountant and Grants Manager

Cindy Quane

Chief Financial Officer

Joane Ra

Senior Executive Assistant

Kelly Rickards

Accountant

Gerun Riley

President

Marc Schwartz

Chief Investment Officer

Nancy Tierney

Office Manager

The Broad Center

Rocio Alvarez

Assistant Director, Communications
Headquarters and Strategic Initiatives

Everton Blair

Assistant Director, Program Analysis and Knowledge Sharing
The Broad Academy

Chaka Booker

Managing Director
The Broad Residency

Becca Bracy Knight

Executive Director

Jazmin Cameron

Operations Manager
The Broad Academy

Sarah Chandler

Director
The Broad Residency

Tommy Dierkes

Operations Manager, Recruitment and Selection
The Broad Residency

Hanifa Farooq

Associate Director, Recruitment and Selection
The Broad Residency

Xochitl Flores

Operations Manager
The Broad Residency

Andrea Foggy-Paxton

Senior Director, System Leader Support
Alumni and Network Services

Erik Fried

Director
The Broad Residency

Laura Furlong

Associate Director
The Broad Academy

Eulogio Gallo

Assistant Director, Information Systems
Headquarters and Strategic Initiatives

Stephanie Germeraad

Senior Director, Communications
Headquarters and Strategic Initiatives

Jazzmine Hayes

Operations Manager
The Broad Academy

Jasmine Johnson

Operations Manager
Alumni and Network Services

Erin Keller

Director, Recruitment and Selection
The Broad Residency

Talia Kolasinski

Chief of Staff
The Broad Academy

Carla McLoughlin

Director, Recruitment
The Broad Academy

Marie Garcia Melli

Deputy Director
The Broad Academy

Lesley Moreno

Operations Manager
Alumni and Network Services

Eleisha Nelson

Director
The Broad Residency

Tom Noble

Associate Director
Alumni and Network Services

Archana Patel

Director
Alumni and Network Services

Rakhee Patel

Senior Director, Research and Evaluation
Headquarters and Strategic Initiatives

Maria Razo

Operations Manager, Partnerships
The Broad Residency

Laura Gonzalez Reed

Operations Associate
Headquarters and Strategic Initiatives

Ryan Schowalter

Associate Director
The Broad Academy

Rachael Shrout

Associate Director
Alumni and Network Services

Rachel Smookler

Deputy Director, Operations and Special Projects
Headquarters and Strategic Initiatives

Donnie Stuart

Associate Director, Partnerships
The Broad Residency

Marc Terry

Senior Director, Recruitment
The Broad Academy

Sarah Thompson

Assistant Director, Recruitment and Selection
The Broad Residency

Hoa Truong

Senior Director, Resident Development
The Broad Residency

Phuong Vuong

Director, Talent and Operations
Headquarters and Strategic Initiatives

Rasheeda A. Washington

Senior Director, Recruitment and Selection
The Broad Academy

The Broad

Samantha Ayson

Marketing Associate

Chelsea Beck

Assistant Curator for Special Projects

Kolter Bethurem

Associate Director of Security

Damion Buford

Security Supervisor

Alex Capriotti

Director of Marketing and Communications

Rich Cherry

Deputy Director

Laura Choi

Receptionist and Office Manager

April De Leon

Group Visit Coordinator

Vicki Gambill

Director of Collections Management

Alexandra Garcia

Visitor Services Floor Lead

Lauren Girard

Associate Director, Visitor Services

Andrea Gleysteen

Human Resources Manager

Jeannine Guido

Associate Director of Museum Operations

Zachary Hamilton

Preparator

Elizabeth Hanson

Assistant Registrar

Heather Hart

Director of Information Technology

Jason Heberlein

Director of Security

Joanne Heyler

Founding Director

Rob Hudson

Director of Retail Operations

Darin Klein

Associate Director, Events and Programs

Julia Latané

Head Preparator

Sarah Loyer

Curatorial Assistant

Anne Mersmann

Registrar, Collections and Technology

Rick Mitchell

Director of Facilities

Edward Patuto

Director of Audience Engagement

Ed Schad

Assistant Curator

China Short

Executive Assistant to the Director

Stacey Swanby

Visitor Services Supervisor

Curtis Weaver

Lead Preparator

Christina Ybarra

Visitor Services Floor Lead

Board of Governors

Eli Broad

Co-Founder
The Broad Foundations

Edythe L. Broad

Co-Founder
The Broad Foundations

David Baltimore

President Emeritus
Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology

California Institute of Technology
Nobel Laureate

Robert Day

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The W. M. Keck Foundation

Paul N. Frimmer

Partner
Loeb & Loeb, LLP

Jana W. Greer

President and Chief Executive Officer
Individual and Group Retirement, AIG

Suzanne Nora Johnson

Former Vice Chairman
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Former Chairman

Global Markets Institute

Bruce Karatz

President
BK Capital LLC
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
KB Home

Andrew L. Stern

Ronald O. Perelman Senior Fellow
Columbia University Richman Center
President Emeritus
Service Employees International Union

Jay S. Wintrob

Chief Executive Officer
Oaktree Capital Group, LLC

Cindy S. Quane

Advisor to the Board