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Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer spoke with Professor Lynn Orr at the Stanford energy initiative launch in 2009. Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford alumni Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor helped establish the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy with a gift made in 2009. Today, the TomKat Center seeks to establish a more sustainable future by transforming the world's energy systems through research and analysis, and applied technology.

Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor have committed to donating the majority of their wealth to charitable causes over their lifetimes. Together, they have founded a number of institutions and philanthropic organizations, including Beneficial State Bank, dedicated to changing the banking system for good.

Tom Steyer founded NextGen Climate, was a Democratic presidential candidate and in 2020, served as co-chair for Governor Newsom's Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force, and co-chaired Vice President Biden's Climate Engagement Advisory Council.

In 2021, Tom co-founded Galvanize Climate Solutions (“Galvanize”) a mission driven investment platform that will provide capital, expertise, and partnerships necessary to produce and scale vital and urgent climate solutions. 

They are also the founding benefactors of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford, which works to advance energy policy and finance to enable an environmentally and economically secure future.

Tom and Kat received their MBA's from Stanford GSB in 1983 and 1986 respectively.

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