Rick Wartzman

Director, KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society, Drucker Institute


US & Canada




Rick Wartzman is director of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society, a part of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University. He also hosts a podcast on the intersection of business and society called The Bottom Line and is a regular contributor to Fast Company. His latest book, The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America, was published in May 2017. Before joining the Drucker Institute in 2007 as its founding executive director—a position he held for nearly nine years—Rick worked for two decades as a reporter, editor and columnist at The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. While business editor of The Times, he helped shape a three-part series on Walmart’s impact on the economy and society, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Rick is the author of two other acclaimed books of narrative history—The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire and Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. A collection of his magazine columns, What Would Drucker Do Now?, has also been published. Rick serves on the boards of several civic organizations.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge to become Economic Prosperity Challenge in 2020