Jim Kitchen - President of JimKitchen.org

Jim Kitchen


A resident of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, family man and philanthropist Jim Kitchen maintains a balance between an active professional and personal life. An entrepreneur with a keen understanding of sustainable business practices and an unwavering commitment to social causes, Mr. Kitchen spends much of his time helping others find success in their own endeavors. Along with his wife, Susan, Mr. Kitchen has traveled to developing nations across the globe—some 75 countries on 6 continents—contributing to community-building efforts.
At present, Kitchen plays an active role in the management of Nourish International, where, as a member of the Board of Directors, he works toward creating more globally sensitive students with the goal of lessening the hardships of poverty.   Jim Kitchen has mentored Born Global Bulgarian student entrepreneurs and teaches as an adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.  In 2010 he founded the Franklin Innovation Center, a social-entrepreneurship business incubator in Chapel Hill.
Serving North Carolina’s underprivileged children is one of Kitchen’s top priorities and Mr. Kitchen gives his time and energy to the Board of Directors at Kramden Institute, which provides technology to promising young students in underserved communities, serves on the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as the UNC Children’s Hospital Board of Advisors.  As a strong advocate of education and as one who believes that education is the top issue facing North Carolina, he serves on the Orange County Public School Foundation Board and supports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by serving on the UNC Board of Advisors and the UNC Educational Foundation.  
A fixture in downtown Chapel Hill for more than 25 years, Mr. Kitchen began his relationship with the community as a student at The University of North Carolina in 1982. Following receipt of his Bachelor of Arts in 1987, Jim Kitchen built a tourism business and after selling his firm to a major European corporation in 2005, he has devoted the bulk of his energy to philanthropy, family, and education having recently graduated from the Executive MBA Program at The University of Tennessee as Valedictorian.  He is currently working on a Master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University.



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