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ken dickens managing partner

Ken Dickens is co-founder of 20/80 Nonprofits and 20/80 Ideas.  In his role as Managing Parter, Ken runs the day-to-day operations of both organizations. 

For over 30 years, Ken has worked at the leading edge of marketing, advertising, and start-up companies. Beginning his career at Doyle, Dane, Bernbach, Ken was an account executive for Microsoft when it chose its first advertising agency. He went on to found Elliott/Dickens Advertising and grew the company to be one of the largest and most respected agencies in Silicon Valley. 


Over the years Ken has helped companies including Hewlett Packard, Apple, Microsoft, and many, many start-ups and nonprofits build successful products, companies and organizations. 


While working in the industry, Ken also taught Marketing and Advertising at local colleges, which led to an interest in innovative education practices. Ken was Vice President of Marketing at two pioneers in online education: CBTSystems/SmartForce and Knowledgenet.

In his spare time Ken raised three wonderful children with Kristin, his wife of over 30 years, and found time to be dad, soccer coach, musician, and hacking volleyball player.


It is rumored that Ken can still jump.

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