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Global entrepreneur, changemaker joins JHS Board

Jacksonville Historical Society welcomes Dennis Whittle as new director

The Jacksonville Historical Society welcomed Dennis B. Whittle as a new member of its Board of Directors.             Whittle is a newcomer to Jacksonville, having relocated from Washington, D.C. in 2018 when his wife, Mari Kuraishi, accepted a position as the new president of the Jessie Ball duPont Foundation. A Riverside resident, Whittle became interested in the Jacksonville Historical Society through another board member, the Rev. Canon Dr. Allison DeFoor. Whittle is also a member of the Society’s music history museum task force.

Whittle recently co-founded Normal>Next, a network of C-level executives, entrepreneurs and technologists committed to helping the world adapt, change and thrive through economic and social turbulence. He also recently co-founded The Future Proof Institute, which helps nonprofits, cities, universities and other public organizations re-imagine their future.

Whittle notes: “I was drawn to the Historical Society because I believe it has the potential to help Jacksonville build on its incredible past to become one of the country’s leading cities in the years ahead. The Society is in a unique position to help the city celebrate its amazing economic and cultural accomplishments while also facing head-on the racial and other social injustices that we must overcome to be a thriving city.”

Whittle was CEO and co-founder – along with Kuraishi – of GlobalGiving, the world’s first online crowdfunding marketplace, which launched in 2002. GlobalGiving has raised a half billion dollars in funding for thousands of community projects in 170 countries from a million donors and 300 companies. More recently, he was co-founder and CEO of Feedback Labs, a network of 600 public and private organizations seeking to find out what regular people need to make their lives better.

Earlier, Whittle spent 14 years working in Indonesia and Russia with The World Bank, most recently as senior partner of the Bank’s innovation and strategy groups. He also spent time in Manila, Philippines, with USAID and Asian Development Bank. Over the past decade, he has taught at Princeton and UNC-Chapel Hill. Whittle holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He has also completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Development Program.

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