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Art Bilger
Founder, WorkingNation

Art Bilger, Founder & CEO, is a venture capitalist who started WorkingNation in 2016 to bring attention to structural unemployment issues, the future of work, the skills gap, and achievable solutions.

Art has been an investor in, and director of, various private companies, including Akamai Technologies, where he served as Vice Chairman. He was also President and COO of New World Communications Group, a Founding Partner of Apollo Advisors, and Executive Vice President and Co-head of Corporate Finance at Drexel Burnham Lambert. During this period, Art had deep involvement in the media world as an investment banker for Turner Broadcasting and CNN, board member of Telemundo, and a top executive running the Fox Network’s largest group of local stations. Additionally, he was an executive producer for the film 20 Feet from Stardom, which won the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Art earned an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Art has been active in philanthropy throughout his career. He is Vice Chairman of the Skirball Cultural Center. He is an advisory member to the Milken Institute Center for The Future of Aging, as well as to the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream. Art serves on the Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and is also a board member of Bet Tzedek.

Art recently completed 16 years as a board member on the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Board of Overseers. During his term, he was engaged in a wide range of Wharton-related activities, including being the founding funder in 2008 of the Wharton School’s Data and Analytics program.

First Job: “Runner at a small, but important, Wall Street firm when I was 16. I was the youngest runner by 50 years, but it steered me to want to work on Wall Street, which led to Wharton and the University of Chicago, then joining Drexel Burnham as a young investment banker. This background is key to my focus at WorkingNation.”

Side Note: “I attended my first concert when I was 11 years old and heard a then-little-known band called The Beach Boys.” 

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