Dorothy “Dottie” King launched Thrive Foundation for Youth with her husband Bob and the King family. In 2011, she and Bob launched the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, known as SEED.
Dottie grew up in Madison, Wisconsin as the daughter of a coach. She attended the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Child Development. Dottie raised three children and partnered with her husband to launch R. Eliot King & Associates, Inc. She was an active volunteer in the P.T.A., the Girl Scouts of America, the Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and the Bechtel International House. She led church services in the San Mateo County Jail for fifteen years and was an Elder at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church.
Over the past 45 years, Dottie and Bob have hosted international students studying at Stanford University. They consequently have friends in many countries including: China, Singapore, Japan, France, Sweden and Estonia. Dottie and her husband, Bob, spend time in Menlo Park, California, and Kennebunkport, Maine. They enjoy spending time with their three children and eight grandchildren.