Mari Kuraishi is the President of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a place-based funder based in Jacksonville, FL. Prior to heading up the duPont Fund, Mari co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle, and served as President until 2018.
In 2011, Mari was named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 Global Thinkers for “crowdsourcing worldsaving.” Before GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank where she managed and created some of the Bank’s most innovative loans. She currently serves as chair of the board of GuideStar and of the board of DataKind, and remains on the board of GlobalGiving.
In addition to her native Japanese, Mari also speaks Russian, Italian, and French. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and did graduate work in Russian and Japanese history and politics at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. Mari also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.