John Tyler joined the Ewing Marion Kauffman as general counsel and corporate secretary in 1999 and originated the chief ethics officer position in 2004. He also serves as a liaison to national philanthropy, including present and past service to The Philanthropy Roundtable, the Philanthropic Collaborative, New York University law school’s National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, Independent Sector’s public-policy committee, and to various projects/initiatives for the Council on Foundation, Columbia Law School, and Urban Institute.
John regularly advocates for philanthropy as an author and speaker, discussing its roles and responsibilities in society, notions that foundation and charity assets are “public money,” transparency and accountability, governance, social entrepreneurship and hybrid forms, public-private partnerships, impact investing, and compliance. Many of Mr. Tyler’s nearly two dozen articles, monographs (two for the Roundtable), and book chapters, including U.S. policy reform on high-skilled immigration and university technology transfer, are available online.
Before joining Kauffman, Mr. Tyler was a partner at Lathrop and Gage, where his practice focused on commercial litigation (e.g., contracts, real estate, trademark, environment), railroad litigation, and employment law. He has undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame.