Ken Levit, Executive Director
Ken Levit is executive director of GKFF. Prior to taking on the leadership role at GKFF, Mr. Levit served as president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa from 2001 to 2006. From early 1998 through 2000, Mr. Levit was special counsel to George Tenet, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Mr. Levit practiced corporate law at the firm of Crowe & Dunlevy in Tulsa from 1995 to 1998.
Mr. Levit is involved in several civic activities. He currently serves as chair of Teach for America-Oklahoma, as a member of the Teach for America National Council, and as chair of the Tulsa Regional Chamber Tulsa’s Future Commission. Mr. Levit also leads the board of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Mr. Levit earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1994 and received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1987.
Robert Thomas, Chief Investment Officer
Robert Thomas is responsible for the financial administration and management of the George Kaiser Family Foundation’s investment portfolio. Before joining the Foundation, he was a portfolio manager for the Bill Gates investment office. The Gates office invests the personal assets of Mr. Gates as well as the assets of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Thomas is currently the board chair for both City Year Tulsa and Undercroft Montessori School. Originally from Washington state, Mr. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College magna cum laude and is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) charterholder.