James van der Klok is WJP's Chief of Philanthropic Partnerships. He has three decades of experience in development and nonprofit work. Immediately prior to joining WJP, he was director of philanthropy at the National Democratic Institute, promoting their mission to work for democracy and make democracy work. Prior to that, he was director of United Way of America’s corporate leadership program, served as president of Kids Voting USA, and consulted on development and fundraising for American Oceans Campaign. As United Way Worldwide’s vice president of organizational advancement, van der Klok was responsible for raising funds in support of global programs in education, financial stability and health.
Van der Klok holds a B.A. from Calvin College and a master’s of public administration from Michigan State University. He has a long track record of work in international development and humanitarian aid, having been active in organizations working on volunteerism, AIDS, youth development, and emergency food and shelter. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the American Society for Public Administration, and has taught numerous courses and seminars on fundraising, development and philanthropy.