Kathy Bushkin Calvin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the United Nations Foundation. The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation is an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. The UN Foundation's work is decreasing child mortality, improving disaster relief, protecting diverse cultures and environments, creating a clean energy future, empowering women and girls, and improving U.S.-UN relations.
Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Kathy served as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation, which she led from its creation in 2001, when AOL and Time Warner merged. Kathy also guided AOL Time Warner's other philanthropic activities and was the chief architect of the company's corporate responsibility initiatives. She joined America Online in 1997 as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at America Online, following a career in politics, journalism and public relations.
Immediately prior to joining AOL, she was a Senior Managing Director at Hill and Knowlton, a global public relations company, where she led the U.S. Media Relations practice. For 12 years before that, she was the Director of Editorial Administration for U.S. News & World Report. From 1976 through 1984, Kathy served as Senator Gary Hart's press secretary in his Senate office and 1984 Presidential campaign.
Throughout her career, Kathy Calvin has taken an active role in a range of philanthropic activities. She currently serves on the boards of the International Women's Media Foundation, Internews, Share Our Strength, and the United Nations Association of the United States of America. In 1999 she and Art Bushkin founded the Stargazer Foundation, which provides free online tools for nonprofits through the web platform StargazerNET.net.