Henry Timms: Biography highlights

Henry Timms is President and CEO of 92nd Street Y, the renowned cultural and community center.

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Henry Timms’ Background

More than 300,000 people visit 92Y annually, and millions more participate in 92Y’s digital and online initiatives. Under Henry’s leadership, 92Y is re-imagining the role of the traditional community center, using innovative programming and new technology both locally and globally.

Henry oversees the organization’s 40+ businesses, including critically-acclaimed performing and visual arts programs; a world-renowned series of talks and readings; a huge range of family and wellness programming; professional development opportunities; and more.

In 2012, Henry founded #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that was honored with a Cannes Lion at the International Festival of Creativity; the PRWeek Global Award for Nonprofit Campaign of the Year; and the inaugural UJA-Federation Riklis Prize in Agency Entrepreneurship.

Henry also co-founded the annual Social Good Summit, which pioneered a new, inclusive summit model that opened up the critical discussions held during UN week to a much wider audience and led to concurrent gatherings around the world. As an extension of the Social Good Summit, Henry led the team that developed a MOOC (massive open online course) called “How to Change the World,” offered with Wesleyan University; 51,000 students participated in its first year.

Henry’s work has been profiled in publications like the Harvard Business Review, and his most recent thinking with Jeremy Heimans on “new power” was featured as the Big Idea in the Harvard Business Review and by CNN as one of the ten top ideas to change the world in 2015.

Henry is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. In addition to being listed on The Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50 for the past three years, Henry was named the NonProfit Times Influencer of the Year in 2014. Henry has been honored as one of Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40,” City & State’s 50 Most Influential People in Manhattan and the T&C Top 50: The Top Philanthropists of 2017.

He is a member of several philanthropic committees, including the selection committee for the 2015 CECP Excellence Awards and the Lipman Prize Committee at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Henry serves on the board of Independent Sector and the Nightingale-Bamford School. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA), where he is chair of the nominating committee for the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin Medal.

He is a dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K., and lives in New York City with his wife and two young children.


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Blending Power, with Henry Timms, author of New Power, a Next Big Idea Club selection
Blending Power, with Henry Timms, author of New Power, a Next Big Idea Club selection
New Power | Jeremy Heimans & Henry Timms | Talks at Google
New Power | Jeremy Heimans & Henry Timms | Talks at Google

This is the cool, clear guide we all need to navigate the Trump era.'

Anthony Romero
Executive Director
Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace

'This book will inform and inspire all those wanting to make change . . . and achieve a goal against all odds.'

Jane Goodall
National Domestic Workers Alliance

''New Power' is both a practical guide and a much needed dose of optimism, helping us understand that the future is ours for the making. A must-read for today's leaders in any field.'

Ai-jen Poo
Executive Director

'A useful lens to use when thinking about how business has changed, how to spread ideas or start a movement, or create change. This book challenges all of us to think about the values we hold and how we can all be part of building a more open, equitable, and participatory world.'

Richard Branson

'A manifesto for a more humane world'


'The surest sign that I've encountered a big idea isn't what that idea does to my brain. It's what it does to my eyes. When an idea is sufficiently compelling, it changes the very way I see. That's what happened to me when I read New Power.'

Daniel Pink

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