Larry Kramer

President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Larry Kramer believes that candor is the key ingredient in funder/grant-seeker relationships. As President of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation since 2012, Larry has overseen Hewlett's commitment to areas of enduring concern, while adapting its approaches and strategies to meet changing circumstances and seize new opportunities. Specifically, he has been instrumental in launching new efforts to respond to political polarization and cybersecurity challenges.

Since joining the Hewlett Foundation, Larry has written and spoken about issues related to effective philanthropy, including the importance of collaboration among funders and the need to provide grantees with long-term support. He frequently lectures and writes about broad societal issues, from global climate change to the challenge of maintaining democratic government in the 21st century. Before joining the foundation, Larry served from 2004 to 2012 as Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. 

At the start of his career, Larry served as law clerk to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Henry J. Friendly and U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr, and as professor of law at the University of Chicago and University of Michigan law schools. He is a director on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, including the National Constitution Center, Independent Sector, and the ClimateWorks Foundation. Larry received an A.B. in Psychology and Religious Studies from Brown University in 1980 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1984, both magna cum laude. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including “The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review.”