About Jill and Ken Iscol

Ken Iscol has owned and operated mobile and personal communications businesses for more than 40 years and was an early participant in the cellular telephone industry. Ken is a 1960 graduate of Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR). He received his M.B.A. in finance from New York University.

Ken served on the advisory council for the Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management Program in Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is a founding advisory member of Cornell's Center for the Environment and founder of the Jill and Ken Iscol Distinguished Environmental Lecture Program. He is a Life Member of the Cornell University Council.

Educator and activist, Jill Iscol, Ed.D, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989 to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic, and educational inequalities that threaten it. For the past two decades Jill has supported and participated in numerous organizations and has developed an expertise in identifying visionary leaders and programs at early stages of their development. She fosters their advancement by providing seed capital and guidance enabling them to become stable, sustainable and successful organizations, impacting lives around the globe. They have included Prep for Prep, Stand for Children, Facing History and Ourselves and Vital Voices Global Partnership's Iscol African Women's Leadership Fund. Currently, they include Acumen Fund, where she serves as a Founding Advisory Board Member, City Year New York of which she was a Founding Co-Chair and the Iscol Family Program for Leadership Development in Public Service at Cornell University.

As a Democratic Party activist, Jill served as Co-Chair for Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senate's New York Finance Committee and as National Vice-Chair of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President's 2008 Finance Committee.

In addition, Jill serves as a Trustee of Horizons National, on the Advisory Board of the Center for New American Security in Washington, as a member of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service and was most recently appointed to the US-Afghan Women's Council.

Jill received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from University of Pittsburgh (1967), a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University (1976), and a Master of Philosophy in Sociology from Yale (1990).

Jill's first book, Hearts on Fire: Twelve Stories of Today's Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action, was published in November 2011.

Ken and Jill are members of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Advisory Council. They established the Iscol Family Program for Leadership Development in Public Service in the College of Human Ecology. The program is supported by an endowment from the IF Hummingbird Foundation. Because of their continuing support and participation on campus, the Cornell University Board of Trustees has recognized the Iscols as Foremost Benefactors. Jill and Ken have two children: Zach ('01), a graduate of Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, and Kiva ('03), a graduate of Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Jill and Ken Iscol