Conversations with the Smith Medalists: Janet Clarke McKinley ’76, Philanthropist

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Conversations with the Smith Medalists: Janet Clarke McKinley ’76, Philanthropist

After graduating from Smith, Janet Clarke McKinley was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Krakow. She went on to enjoy a successful career in investments at Capital Research and Management Company, where she became principal executive officer and chair of the Income Fund of America—an equity-income fund exceeding $50 billion in assets. McKinley retired in 2004 to use her business acumen to work with organizations intent on creating lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice. Since then, she has focused on international development in vulnerable communities, the advancement of women and sustainable agriculture. She has also been instrumental in the growth of Oxfam America, serving on its board for a dozen years, the last five as chair. A former trustee of Smith, McKinley recently facilitated an institutional partnership between Oxfam and Smith, which will provide internship opportunities for students. Read more about McKinley’s philanthropic work in the fall 2012 Smith Alumnae Quarterly.

In 1962, the trustees of Smith College voted to establish the Smith College Medal. It is given annually to those alumnae who, in the judgment of the trustees, exemplify in their lives and work the true purpose of a liberal arts education.