NONPROFIT KRAMDEN INSTITUTE APPOINTS METLIFE TECH LEADER AS BOARD CHAIR
MetLife’s John Wilson takes over for Kramden founder, who headed the board for two decades
NEW YORK, June 20, 2023
As a part of MetLife’s, Inc. (NYSE: MET) global strategy to increase diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), the company today announced that John Wilson was named chair of the Board of Kramden Institute, a North Carolina non-profit that provides technology and training to bridge the digital divide. Wilson takes over the chair position from the organization’s founder, Mark Dibner, who has overseen Kramden’s growth for the last 20 years.
“We are blessed to have a board of directors passionate about technology and social impact,” said Cyndy Yu-Robinson, Kramden Executive Director. “Led by John and his experience with performance measurement and strategic planning, Kramden is in a great position to continue growing and leading in the field of digital equity.”
Wilson, a member of MetLife’s Technology Transformation team, brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in technology strategy and execution spanning the pharmaceutical, banking and insurance industries. This appointment marks his second term on the board. Since joining, Wilson has helped Kramden complete a $1-million Capital Campaign, transition Executive Directors, expand the Board of Directors, and acquire a new facility all with a focus on growing Kramden’s reach inside and outside of the Triangle.
“I am honored and humbled by this appointment to serve Kramden and the families they assist,” said Wilson. “The digital divide has evolved over the years, from having a computer to having a computer, an internet connection, and relevant skills. Growing up in Durham, attending university in Raleigh, raising my family in Morrisville, and working in Cary, this community has shaped me, and I look forward to the continued opportunity to give back.”
This work builds upon MetLife’s Triangle Tech X, a year-round mission that brings together global innovators, leaders and non-profits to solution the growing need of diversity in STEM. And the Kramden partnership helps support MetLife’s 2030 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitments, which pledge funding and employee volunteer hours in support of historically marginalized individuals and their families.
MetLife Foundation has contributed over $256,000 to Kramden to help address the unmet technology needs of local children and families. This contribution includes $100,000 to Kramden’s 2022 Capital Campaign and the creation of a STEAM classroom for local students.
Along with the Foundation’s contributions, over the past nine years MetLife volunteers have donated over 2,100 computers, refurbished 2,000 computers and dedicated over 1,200 volunteer hours toward Kramden’s mission. A Geek-a-thon refurbishing event and e-waste collection campaign are planned for later in 2023.
“MetLife’s commitment to STEM equity aligns to our purpose of building more confident futures for all,” said Bill Pappas, MetLife’s Head of Global Technology and Operations. “Supporting students gives them the confidence and experiences they need as a launchpad to future success, and that’s why we’re excited about John’s new role and our continued partnership with the Kramden Institute.”