Former Executive Vice President, Global Talent & Sustainability for Gap Inc.
Bobbi Silten is a purpose-driven leader who believes in the power of creativity, innovation, cooperation and the virtuous cycle to better the world.
Most recently, Bobbi was the EVP of Global Talent & Sustainability at Gap Inc., committed to building talent for the future and championing sustainable business practices. She was responsible for human resources, corporate communications, government affairs, social and environmental sustainability and Gap Foundation.
Bobbi joined Gap Inc. in 2005 as the leader of Gap Foundation and led its transformation into a leading corporate foundation, shifting its charter from being primarily a funder to operating signature programs in partnership with nonprofits and global NGOs. Under her leadership, the foundation launched the award-winning P.A.C.E. program, which has provided education to more than 50,000 women in the developing world to help them advance in work and life. Gap Foundation has also played a leadership role in job readiness for underserved youth through a first jobs program called This Way Ahead, leveraging the company’s ability to train first-time entrants into the workforce. She was also a part of the Gap Inc. launch team for Product (RED).
In early 2011, she was tapped to lead Gap Inc.’s Global Sustainability practice – encompassing factory monitoring and capability building, environmental efforts, global stakeholder partnerships and sustainable innovation.
Prior to Gap Inc., Bobbi spent 10 years at Levi Strauss & Co., including five years as President of the U.S. Dockers brand, infusing technical innovation into the brand. She started her professional career in advertising and worked for Foote, Cone & Belding/SF for 11 years.
In addition to her corporate roles, Bobbi has been active in the community. In 2009, she co-founded Reimagining Service, a cross-sector collaboration to increase the impact of volunteers. She chaired the effort for over five years. In 2011, she was named by President Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions to focus on supporting Opportunity Youth. She is currently a volunteer mentor and advisor to Summer Search, a national youth development organization, and a member of the Opportunity Nation Leadership Council.
Bobbi holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from the University of California, Berkeley.