New board chair will carry on the Stupskis’ legacy.
Aug. 10, 2021
The Stupski Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Wiggett to the Foundation’s board of directors. Jim, a longtime friend and colleague of Larry and Joyce Stupski, brings over 40 years of experience in corporate management and board leadership to guide the Foundation through the next stage of its spend down strategy. Jim is focused on building out the board to bring on a diverse set of perspectives and lived experiences to carry the foundation through the spend down.
Jim joined the board of directors in June and was elected board chair after the passing of co-founder, Joyce Stupski, on July 19. A close friend and trusted advisor of both Larry and Joyce during their lives, Jim is committed to honoring the Stupskis’ legacy alongside his fellow board directors.
“We are delighted to welcome Jim as our new board chair to realize Larry and Joyce’s vision of giving in the communities they called home,” shared Kelvin Taketa, board director and former president and CEO of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation.
Jim first met Larry and Joyce while working at the Charles Schwab Corporation, where he headed human resources. Over the course of three decades, he had the privilege of supporting them in their philanthropic efforts in various capacities. In each phase of their friendship and work together, Jim was inspired by the Stupskis’ dedication, strategic approaches to philanthropy, and devotion to the communities in the Bay Area and Hawai‘i that they cared deeply about.
Jim grew up in Red Bluff, California, and has worked and lived in the Bay Area for almost four decades. In addition to his work with the Stupski Foundation, Jim is the CEO of the San Francisco-based Jackson Hole Group, an executive leadership firm that provides industry expertise to boards, CEOs, executive directors, and C-suite executives. Before founding Jackson Hole Group, Jim held several prominent senior executive positions, including executive vice president for the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) Retail Group, CEO of Sephora.com, and CAO of Duty Free (DFS).
A longtime supporter of public education and community health organizations in the Bay Area, Jim has served on several nonprofit boards, including as chair of the Oakland Public Education Fund, chair of Envision Education, and as a board director for the Richmond Ermet Foundation and Under One Roof.
“As a close friend and trusted colleague of Larry and Joyce Stupski, we are lucky to have Jim carry on the Stupskis’ legacy. His governance expertise will be invaluable in guiding us through the next chapter of our spend down mission,” said Glen Galaich, CEO of Stupski Foundation.
Motivated by Larry and Joyce’s commitment to make the greatest possible change in the communities they called home, Jim is excited to help the Foundation realize its mission and live into the Stupskis’ vision for the foundation.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the legacy that Larry and Joyce created over the years,” shared Jim. “Their passion to make a real difference in the communities they serve matches my own. I am especially motivated to continue their work in a time of such urgent need.”
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