Kalkstein is a retired managing director of the Boston Consulting Group, where he worked for 22 years. He founded the company's global energy practice, ran its San Francisco office, and led its alumni program during his tenure. Kalkstein has also been active in the Quaker educational community, serving on the Boards of the San Francisco Friends School, including tenure as a clerk, and Philadelphia's Greene Street Friends School. Before rejoining the Board of Managers in 2013, he completed a four-year term in 2012. Previously, he served a three-year term on the Alumni Council and was co-chair of the 20th reunion of his class.
Kalkstein holds a B.A. in economics with high honors from Swarthmore and an MBA from Stanford University. Both of his parents attended Swarthmore - Samuel Kalkstein, who graduated in 1937, and Elizabeth Goodrich, who started with the Class of 1939. In addition, three siblings have graduated from the College: Dave '72, Ben '72, and Hannah '75, along with one of his children, Alex '06.
The Board of Managers, which currently consists of 39 members, oversees the general management and welfare of Swarthmore College. Most of the board's work is done in committees and Swarthmore's president regularly participates in committee meetings. The Board of Managers meets four times a year.
Founded in 1864 outside Philadelphia, Swarthmore is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. With an enrollment of 1,552 students, Swarthmore is distinguished by its unique honors program and Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility.