April 21, 2016 — Jean Case, Chief Executive Officer of the Case Foundation and Chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. The American Academy recognizes leaders from the academic, business and government sectors who are responding to challenges facing the nation and the world.

“I am truly humbled to join such an impressive class of trailblazers, thought leaders and luminaries,” said Jean Case. “What an amazing and prestigious honor to be recognized next to giants in their fields.”

Jean joins 212 other new electees this year consisting of scholars, scientists, artists, writers and leaders in business, politics and philanthropy. Members of the 2016 class include winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Wolf Prize, MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, the Fields Medal, and the Grammy Award and National Book Award. They will be inducted at a ceremony on October 8, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jean’s election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences was based on her business, corporate and philanthropic accomplishments.

In addition to her leadership roles at the Case Foundation and the National Geographic Society, Jean serves on the boards of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), the White House Historical Association and BrainScope Company, Inc. Case also sits on the advisory boards of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation and the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund.

About Jean Case

Jean Case is an actively engaged philanthropist, an 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 – co-founder of AOL, created the Case Foundation in 1997. A passionate believer in all things digital and the amazing potential of technology to change the world for the better, Jean and her team focus the efforts of the Foundation on many of the same entrepreneurial approaches she and Steve cultivated throughout their business careers.

About the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. Current Academy research focuses on higher education, the humanities, and the arts; science and technology policy; global security and energy; and American institutions and the public good. The Academy’s work is advanced by its elected members, who are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs from around the world.

About the Case Foundation

Established by digital pioneers Jean and Steve Case, the Case Foundation invests in people and ideas that can change the world. For nearly two decades, we have focused on creating programs and investing in people and organizations that harness the best impulses of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and collaboration to address urgent social challenges. Our work is focused on three key pillars: revolutionizing the philanthropic sector, unleashing the power of entrepreneurship to create social change and igniting civic engagement through citizen-driven solutions. For more information, visit casefoundation.org/ and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.