Danielle Guttman Klein
Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President
Danielle Guttman Klein serves as Executive Vice President for Klein Financial Corporation. She is currently working on housing portfolios with an aggregate value exceeding 650 million dollars, designing and implementing innovative programs to improve major apartment developments that include affordable residential components. Her marketing and program development for Klein Financial seeks to create a model for utilizing the assets of the multifamily housing Industry to generate funds for mission objectives that seek to provide a risk adjusted, class leading, yield for capital, while delivering a high value to all residents, particularly including an affordable housing component. She also serves as Vice Chairman of the Klein Financial Board of Directors.
Ms. Guttman Klein has dedicated her career to corporate leadership roles that serve her commitments to 1) multifamily rental housing including affordable housing resources for families and seniors; 2) improving health care and medical research funding for chronic disease and injuries; 3) preserving the environment and global climate policy and 4) reducing hunger in America.
For more than eighteen years Ms. Guttman Klein dedicated her career focus to the leadership, development and growth of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). In partnership with the president, Danielle helped to grow the organization from an annual budget of 1.5 million dollars, when she began, to 2004’s annual budget of 29.4 million dollars. During her tenure at EIF, she helped to raise and distribute over 250 million dollars in charitable funding with the proceeds benefiting chronic disease research, hunger programs and environmental programs. Examples of her major initiatives at EIF, in collaboration with Entertainment Industry leaders include; 1) “The National Women’s Cancer Research Alliance” which drove critical research funding for drug therapies including Heraceptin. This therapy now treats the most aggressive breast cancer in one third of women suffering from this disease, and 2) Hunger Free America, which structured donations to local foundations allowing the foundations to set up School Breakfast Programs in local schools accessing Federal Funding that otherwise would not be used. To date, 185,000 children are fed – each day – through those facilitated school food programs.
Ms. Guttman Klein also developed and launched a non-profit organization, the Climate Response Fund, to focus on reducing the risk of climate intervention technologies (geoengineering), in collaboration with Dr. Margaret Leinen, co-founder and its first Chairperson. Guttman Initiatives, along with the Climate Response Fund produced the Asilomar international Conference On Climate Intervention Technologies, bringing together 15 countries on 6 continents. Ms Guttman Klein brought together the Environmental Defense Fund, The Royal Society of United Kingdom, and The Climate Institute and the State of Victoria Australia as leadership co-sponsors for this international policy conference. Five Principles of Conduct were recommended from the conference. The Report on Geoengineering Governance from the Bipartisan Policy Commission utilized these rules as the guidelines for the governance talks and final decisions.
Currently, Ms Guttman Klein also serves as a co-founding principal of a company called Lifeguard Health Networks. Lifeguard Health Network creates software deploying the most current “HIT” (health information technology) on a mobile platform serving the chronically ill and patients with acute/life threatening conditions.