NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Goldman Sachs
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Arts & Culture, Health, Policy, Environment
OVERVIEW: Gene Sykes and his wife Tracy move their philanthropy through the Sykes Family Foundation, which has given a few hundred thousand dollars annually of late. The couple supports their schools. Other interests include the arts and health.
BACKGROUND: Gene Sykes earned a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard in 1980, and an MBA from Stanford in 1984. He joined Goldman's mergers and acquisitions department in New York in 1984, and the firm's Los Angeles office in 1987. He’s currently CEO of LA 2024, set to bring the Summer Olympic games to Los Angeles.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Sykes has supported his schools Harvard and Stanford, where he’s a trustee. The couple has also focused on one of Tracy’s schools, USC, home to the Sykes Family Chair in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Health, and Development. Tracy, a physical therapist, is a USC trustee. Other grantees have included St. Matthews Parish School (the family’s kids attended the school), The Kent School, and Students Matter.
ARTS & CULTURE: Grantees have included LACMA, The Met, Fancy Feet Dance Studio, Interlochen Center for the Arts, San Francisco Symphony, and US Olympic Foundation. Sykes, is CEO of LA 2024, and plays a leadership role in a Los Angeles Summer Olympic bid.
HEALTH: Tracy Sykes has concentrated on pediatric physical therapy in her work; the couple has supported Las Madrinas Pediatric Simulation Research Laboratory, Tiny Miracles Foundation, and The Jimmy Fund, which helps in the fight against cancer in children and adults.
ENVIRONMENT: Sykes is a former chair of the California board of trustees of Nature Conservancy and former chair of the board of the National Parks Conservation Association, which the family has recently supported.
POLICY: The Sykes Family Foundation’s grantmaking has supported Pacific Council on International Policy and AEI National Council.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Sykes family’s interest in Los Angeles philanthropy to continue, particularly with Sykes himself laser-focused on bringing the Olympics to LA.
The Skyes Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
Sykes Family Foundation
P.O. Box 331
Plainview, NY 11803