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Mike Rea (He/Him)

Director of Partnerships

Mike is a philanthropic leader and social entrepreneur whose ventures help transform systems for social impact to be more equitable and effective.


Mike and Dien launched Daylight to modernize and reenergize the field of philanthropic advising, resuming a collaboration that began after Mike founded Give2Asia in 2001, a cross-border philanthropy intermediary that has facilitated more than US$550M in support of diverse donors, grantees and causes throughout the Asia-Pacific.


After deepening his practice with clients and philanthropy leading the West and Central Regions for Bank of America/US Trust’s Philanthropic Management group, and as strategist for the K-12 Education team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mike combined his love of travel and passion for impact as CEO of Tourism Cares, the industry’s CSR association.  The strategy developed and executed with a global board and team created innovation in travel and disaster philanthropy, skilled volunteering, CSR practice, and rebalancing power and experiences through the social enterprise-filled Meaningful Travel Map of Jordan, which spawned a whole global platform.


Mike’s most recent contribution has come as CEO of the climatetech investing network E8 Angels, resulting in record membership and investment growth, driven by a new strategy, attention to diversity, equity and climate justice, and launching the Decarbon8 Fund to make climatetech impact investing readily accessible to foundation and DAF donors.


A former journalist, Mike hopes to someday write his book on social impact, and one passion project, Tsunami Plus 10, looked back at grants made in Sri Lanka eight years later.  His community also includes service as director of the Transformational Travel Council, venture partner to Planetary VC, and advisor to the Kruckeberg Garden Foundation near his home in Seattle.

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