Kim Cranston

President TransparentDemocracy

Kim Cranston is C.E.O. and Chair of the Board of TransparentDemocracy and Chair of the Board of the Global Security Institute. Born in San Francisco, Kim graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and from Hastings College of the Law. Kim has worked previously as director of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Transparent Commerce Initiative for One Cosmos Network, a new media company; as President of the Social Venture Network, a network of socially conscious business and social entrepreneurs and investors; as a consultant to the State of the World Forum; as Chief of Staff to California Lieutenant Governor Leo T. McCarthy; as Vice President of Business Affairs for Platypus Productions, Inc., a cable television production company; as a lawyer with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; as a law clerk to Federal District Court Judge Terry J. Hatter; and in several political campaigns, including as Chair, Cranston for Senate, 1986. Kim has served as a board member and volunteer to organizations addressing issues affecting the environment, civic participation, and the nonprofit sector. Kim edited the book The Sovereignty Revolution by Alan Cranston, with contributions from Mikhail Gorbachev, Jonathan Schell, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Jonathan Granoff (Stanford University Press 2004); contributes to publications including the International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News; and, last but not least, blogs for the Huffington Post.