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February 12, 2016 1:58 AM ET

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Company Overview of Ford Foundation

Company Overview

Ford Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation that focuses on asset building and community development, peace, social justice and education, media, arts, and culture. It was established in 1936 and is based in New York.

320 East 43rd Street

New York, NY 10017

United States

Founded in 1936





Key Executives for Ford Foundation

Age: 52
Chief Investment Officer and Vice President
Age: 56
Executive Vice President, Secretary, General Counsel
Senior Manager
Vice President for Communications
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Ford Foundation Key Developments

Ford Foundation Appoints Bess Rothenberg as Director

The Ford Foundation announced the appointment of Bess Rothenberg as director of its new office of Strategy and Learning. Led by Rothenberg who will draw on a distinguished career dedicated to strategy development, learning and human rights this new division reflects the foundation's commitment to continuous learning as it refines its approach to challenging inequality in all its forms. Based at the foundation's headquarters in New York City, Rothenberg's efforts to strengthen Ford's capacity as a learning institution will involve working closely with all 10 of its global offices. To ensure that learning and strategy are factored into important leadership decisions, Rothenberg will advise the foundation's executive team and report directly to the president, Darren Walker. Rothenberg joins the foundation from Wellspring Advisors, where she served as deputy director of research and evaluation. In that role, she led strategic planning for international and US-based human rights work. Earlier, Rothenberg served as senior program officer for Africa at the International Women's Health Coalition, and as associate director of grants at the American Jewish World Service. She has also served as assistant professor of applied sociology and African studies at Clemson University, and as associate director with Columbia University's Center for the Study of Human Rights.

The Ford Foundation Appoints David Barth as Director of Youth Opportunity and Learning Program

The Ford Foundation announced the appointment of David Barth as director of its Youth Opportunity and Learning program. In his new role, Barth will leverage his global expertise and connections with broad, diverse networks to support and empower young people who have been historically marginalized. Barth will join the foundation following a 20-year career at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He recently served as mission director for Bosnia and Herzegovina, overseeing the US mission's efforts to increase stability and foster more accountable institutions that meet citizens' needs and build an economy capable of providing better economic opportunities for all citizens.

Ford Foundation Appoints Elizabeth Alexander, Lauded Poet, Essayist and Professor, as Director of Creativity and Free Expression

The Ford Foundation announced the appointment of poet, essayist, playwright, and scholar Elizabeth Alexander as director of its Creativity and Free Expression program. In her new role, Alexander will shape and direct the foundation's grant programs on arts, media, and culture, a cornerstone of the organization's work in the U.S. and around the world.

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