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Darren Walker


Ford Foundation

Darren Walker is the President of the Ford Foundation, an international social justice philanthropy. A champion of the nonprofit sector, he has been included as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, Rolling Stone’s 25 People Shaping the Future, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Ebony Power 100, Out magazine’s Power 50, and was named the Wall Street Journal’s 2020 Philanthropy Innovator.

Before joining Ford, Darren was the Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs. In the 1990s, he served as the COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem’s largest community development organization. Darren co-founded both the US Impact Investing Alliance and the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy. He is a member of the boards of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery of Art, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.