Jim and Susan Swartz
Jim and Susan Swartz
Park City, UT
Supporting IJM since 2004
Jim and Susan Swartz are involved in arts, business, community building, education, film and philanthropy that enables others to make a difference. Together, they founded the Christian Center of Park City, a Christian, humanitarian community resource center and Impact Partners, a financing and advisory firm for independent cinema addressing social needs.
Jim Swartz is a Founder of Accel, a prominent global technology venture capital firm, and a lead director in numerous pioneering technology projects, receiving the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Venture Capital Association. He is an engineering graduate of Harvard University and holds an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. Currently he is involved in leadership roles at Swartz Foundation, the Christian Center of Park City, FairSport, Carnegie Mellon’s Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, and MVYouth. He is also Founder of the Deer Valley Music Festival, the YMCA of Martha's Vineyard, and Director Emeritus of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation where he sponsors the Borgen-Swartz Scholarship Fund. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University, its inaugural Founders Medal, the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from its Tepper School of Business, and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Governors University. As Producer of the documentary Icarus, Jim won the Academy Award in 2018 and received an Emmy nomination.
Susan Swartz shares her passion for nature and the environment, exploring the landscape through potent color and richly layered abstract paintings, inspired by the intersection of art, nature, and spirituality. Susan’s distinctive style has been recognized with nine solo museum exhibitions around the world; her latest works were presented in September 2021 at a solo gallery exhibition in Berlin. Her works are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing, China, Springville Museum of Art, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and the International Olympic Museum in Switzerland as well as the Art in Embassies Program (AIE) of the U.S. State Department. Susan was honored by Harvard Divinity School for a career that blends artistry and faith and later received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award. She was also the Official Olympic Environmental Artist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Susan serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and on the Dean’s Council of Harvard Divinity School, is the Founder and Chair of the Christian Center of Park City, and on the board of the Utah Film Center. Susan paints from studios in Park City, Utah, and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.