Kashif Shaikh is a leading voice in the field of philanthropy and the important role it plays in empowering vulnerable communities with over 13 years of experience in the philanthropic sector. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Pillars Fund, an organization that invests in and amplifies the talents, narratives, and leadership of American Muslims. Under his leadership, Pillars has grown from a volunteer-led community fund to a fully-staffed, nationally recognized foundation that has invested over $3.5M into nonprofits working with and alongside the American Muslim community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of 826 National, the Peabody Awards, and Donors of Color Network. In 2017, he was selected to Crain Chicago Business annual “40 Under 40” list. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Kashif holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Ohio State University and a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.