Darren Walker

President of the Ford Foundation

In 2016, Time Magazine named Darren Walker to their annual list of “100 Most Influential People In The World” and he is a distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin. Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren is a graduate of the Cedar Bayou Junior High and Ross S. Sterling High School in Baytown. Prior to Joining Ford, he was Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation where he managed the Rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. As president of the Ford Foundation, the nation’s second largest philanthropy, Walker directs efforts in civil rights, poverty reduction, education, arts and culture, and urban development. Additionally, he serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet, the High Line, the Arcus Foundation and PepsiCo.

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