Schwab Charitable Executive Joins Board of Trustees at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California

Fremont, California (EastBayDaily) — Kim Wright-Violich, who, as President/CEO of Schwab Charitable, led the fledgling philanthropic start-up to national preeminence as the largest charity in California and one of the top 10 charities in the U.S., has joined the Board of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). Ms. Wright-Violich recently left Schwab Charitable and now serves as a visiting executive scholar at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

A widely quoted charitable giving expert with a degree in human biology from Stanford University, Ms. Wright-Violich is particularly well-suited to help CPIC garner support for its mission to prevent cancer and reduce its burden where it cannot yet be prevented.

“As a society we tend to react to most problems instead of working toward prevention,” said Ms. Wright-Violich. “My interest in CPIC is largely motivated by CPIC’s focus on prevention through rigorous research. The perfect example of how effective this type of research can be is smoking and lung cancer. After the research revealed the connection and was followed by a public awareness campaigns in the late 1960s and early 1970s, it dramatically changed behavior, most importantly saved lives. It is my honor to be in a position to contribute in some small way to ensure CPIC can continue the tangible work of helping to prevent suffering and save lives.”

Ms. Wright-Violich joins 13 other Trustees whose leadership supports CPIC’s work to Get In Front of cancer, primarily through research to find the causes of cancer. Part of Ms. Wright-Violich’s duties will include serving on Board committees for the organization.

“We are delighted to welcome Kim to the CPIC Board of Trustees,” said Samuel Bronfman II, Chairman of the CPIC Board of Trustees. “For years, she has been at the very center of charitable giving in California and throughout the United States. Kim is a recognized thought leader in nonprofit management and, in addition to her acumen in nonprofit operations, brings with her tremendous insight into the motivations and needs of high net worth donors.”

Ms. Wright-Violich has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions including being named one of San Francisco Bay Area’s 100 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times (2006, 2007 and 2008), receiving a WATCH award (Women at the Center of Leadership and Vision) from the Junior League of San Francisco, and being named one of the 50 most influential women in the United States in wealth management by Wealth Manager magazine.

Ms. Wright-Violich also serves as a board member at the World Affairs Council of Northern California and at the Haas School of Business’s Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership.

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About the Cancer Prevention Institute of California The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. CPIC tracks patterns of cancer throughout the entire population and identifies those at risk for developing cancer. Its research scientists are leaders in investigating the causes of cancer in large populations to advance the development of prevention-focused interventions. CPIC’s innovative cancer prevention research and education programs, together with the Stanford Cancer Institute, deliver a comprehensive arsenal for defeating cancer. For more information, visit CPIC’s official website at


Serena Espinosa
Cancer Prevention Institute of California

Stephen Texeira (for CPIC)