Jean Case is the CEO of the Case Foundation and is an actively engaged philanthropist, investor and a pioneer in the world of interactive technologies. Her career in the private sector spanned nearly two decades before she and her husband, Steve Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997.
Prior to co-founding the Case Foundation, Jean spent her career as a technology executive in the private sector. As a senior executive at America Online, Inc. (AOL), Jean directed the marketing and branding effort that launched the AOL service, directed the communications strategy for taking the company public, and helped establish AOL as a household utility. Before joining AOL, she held strategic marketing positions at GE's Information Services Division and at The Source, the nation's first online service.
Jean and Steve joined The Giving Pledge, started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, and publicly reaffirmed their commitment to give away the majority of their wealth to fund worthy charitable causes, and in the same year were named to Barron’s “25 Best Givers” list. In 2013, Jean was named a “Most Admired CEO” by the Washington Business Journal, which in 2011 named her Corporate Philanthropist of the Year. Jean and Steve were also honored by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) as the 2011 Citizens of the Year. In 2014 Jean was conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.