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Top 30 Black Influencers



Ford Foundation

DARREN WALKER, ESQ., president of the $14 billion international social justice philanthropy Ford Foundation, is a well-known leader with strong determination who sits on numerous boards such as the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Under his leadership, the Ford Foundation became the first non-profit in US history to issue a $1 billion designated social bond in US capital markets for proceeds to strengthen and stabilize non-profit organizations in the wake of COVID-19. Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Walker was vice president at Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs, and in the 1990’s, he was COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem’s largest community development organization.

Walker’s leadership extends into social justice issues and equality for all. The Ford Foundation has committed half a billion dollars to racial justice efforts with contributions to organizations such as the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund and the Equal Justice Initiative. 

 “Unless we recognize the need to build a more equal America, we will be eating lobster on the Titanic  – and we will all go down,” Walker contends.


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