Global Conference 2017

Speaker's Biography

Darren Walker

President, Ford Foundation

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, the nation's second-largest philanthropy. He led the philanthropy committee that helped resolve Detroit's historic bankruptcy and chairs the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance. Prior to joining Ford, he was Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he managed the rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. In the 1990s, as COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Darren oversaw a comprehensive revitalization program of central Harlem in New York. He had a career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS. He is a member of the Commission on the Future of Riker's Island and serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet, the High Line, the Arcus Foundation and PepsiCo. In 2016, TIME magazine named him among the "100 Most Influential People in the World." Darren is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received ten honorary degrees and university awards.


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