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About Darren Walker

Darren Walker is the president of the Ford Foundation, the second-largest philanthropy in the United States, with headquarters in New York City and offices worldwide. Mr. Walker, who was appointed president in July 2013, has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for more than two decades, focusing on global social justice issues, including human rights, urban development and free expression.

As the Ford Foundation’s vice president for Education, Creativity and Free Expression from 2010 to 2013, he oversaw programs in media and journalism, arts and culture, sexuality and reproductive health and rights, educational access and opportunity, and religion. He was a driving force behind JustFilms, one of the largest documentary film funds in the world, ArtPlace, a public-private collaboration that supports cultural development in cities and rural areas in America, and many other initiatives. He also oversaw regional programming in the foundation’s four offices in Africa and the Middle East.

Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Mr. Walker was vice president for foundation initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he led domestic and global programs. In 2002, he helped guide the foundation’s programs in education, civil rights, workforce development and program-related investments. He also supervised Rockefeller’s regional offices overseas, initiated programming in urban development and arts and culture, and led its Katrina New Orleans Recovery Program.

After beginning his career at the international law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Mr. Walker joined the Union Bank of Switzerland’s capital markets division in 1988, staying there for seven years. When he left UBS, it was to volunteer at The Children’s Storefront, an elementary school serving low-income families in Harlem. He entered the nonprofit sector as chief operating officer for the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a community development organization in Harlem.

Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, Mr. Walker graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982 and its School of Law in 1986. Today, he is a member of the boards of the Arcus Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Friends of the High Line and New York City Ballet, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Passionate about his adopted city of New York, he lives in Manhattan with his partner, David Beitzel, a contemporary art dealer in Chelsea, and their English bulldog, Mary Lou.

Host Committee

Fred J. Ali
President and CEO
Weingart Foundation

Wallis Annenberg
Chairman of the Board, President and CEO
The Annenberg Foundation

Judy Belk
President and CEO
The California Wellness Foundation

Ken Brecher
Library Foundation of Los Angeles

Louise Bryson

Dannielle Campos
Senior Vice President & National Philanthropy Director
Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Karey D. Dye
Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund

Wendy Garen
President and CEO
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Antonia Hernández
President and CEO
California Community Foundation

Irene Hirano Inouye
U.S.-Japan Council

Eric Riley
Vice President, Investment Management Division
Goldman Sachs

Pamela Reis
The Reis Foundation, Inc.

Robert K. Ross, M.D.
President and CEO
The California Endowment

Rona Sebastian
The Herb Alpert Foundation

Esther and Tom Wachtell

Wendy Wachtell
Joseph Drown Foundation

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The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy thanks our Philanthropic Partners for their generous support:

The Ahmanson Foundation*
The Herb Alpert Foundation
The Annenberg Foundation*
Bank of America*
Blue Shield of California Foundation
John and Louise Bryson
California Community Foundation*
The California Endowment*
The California Wellness Foundation
The Carol and James Collins Foundation
Joseph Drown Foundation*
The Eisner Foundation*
The James J. and Sue Femino Foundation*

Goldman, Sachs & Co.*
The John Randolph Haynes and
Dora Haynes Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
JPMorgan Chase & Co.*
Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation*
Douglas M. Mancino
Moss Adams, LLP
The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation
Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation*
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation*

The Reis Foundation, Inc.
Roll Global, LLC
The Rose Hills Foundation
Michael Ruane
The Seaver Institute
Starkey Hearing Foundation*
Sony Pictures Entertainment
UniHealth Foundation
Esther and Tom Wachtell*
The Walt Disney Company
Weingart Foundation*
The Lawrence Welk Family Foundation*
Wells Fargo*

*Denotes support at Sustaining Partners level

(as of September 1, 2014)

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The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy
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University of Southern California
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