Josh Kraft is the president of Kraft Family Philanthropies and is responsible for the Kraft family’s many philanthropic initiatives, including the Kraft Family Foundation, the Kraft Center for Community Health, the Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism, the Patriots Foundation, the Revolution Charitable Foundation and the family’s participation in the REFORM Alliance. Through these programs, the Kraft family annually contributes tens of millions of dollars in support of education, health, social justice, diversity, youth development and family initiatives. Historically, the family has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to their communities.
Prior to his full-time commitment as the President of the Kraft Family Philanthropies, Kraft spent 30 years with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB), including 12 as the Nicholas President and CEO. He started his BGCB career in 1990 as a program coordinator at what is now the Edgerley Family South Boston Club. He then became the Founding Executive Director of the Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club in Chelsea, which originated in the basement of a public housing development in 1993, and led the development of a new facility in 2002.
Under Kraft’s leadership as Nicholas President and CEO, BGCB’s budget nearly doubled to $26 million. From 2012-17, Kraft led the organization through a five-year, $125 million Opening Doors campaign which raised nearly $132 million. During that time, the BGCB broadened its reach and deepened its impact, doubling club membership and fostering a community of more than 200 program partners throughout Boston and Chelsea.
In addition to serving on the Board at Brandeis Unviersity, Kraft serves on the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Herren Project, and is a co-chair of the Hate Crimes Task Force for Massachusetts. He received his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and his master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.