John Denniston serves as Chairman of the Board of a social-impact company called Shared-X – a company that aims to improve agricultural productivity in Latin America while doing good. Shared-X’s three objectives are: (1) produce attractive financial returns for its investors; (2) lift 12,000 Latin Americans out of extreme poverty by virtue of the design of the business model; and (3) deploy highly sustainable farming practices in regions of the world that have rarely seen them. Denniston, immediate past-president of the San Mateo County Chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, serves on its Board of Directors. Among other initiatives, SVdP is pursuing a Catalyst Program, which aims to expand the number of local jobs for the marginalized that pay a living wage. For many years Denniston was Partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. While there, he co-founded and co-ran the firm’s Green Growth Fund, which invests in sustainability companies in their growth stage.
B.A. in Economics & J.D. from the University of Michigan