Frank DeGiovanni is senior adviser to Ford’s president, Darren Walker, and works closely with the executive leadership team on the design of the foundation’s new Office of Strategy and Learning. Previously, he served as director of Financial Assets, leading Ford’s worldwide efforts to build financial assets for disadvantaged people with support through grants and program-related investments (PRIs). His team made grants through a focus on savings, individual asset development, Social Security reform, rural livelihood development, and consumer financial services. Prior to that, Frank was deputy director of PRIs, responsible for creating and monitoring a diverse loan portfolio of organizations promoting community and economic development in the US and internationally.
Before joining the foundation in 1992, Frank was associate professor and senior research associate at the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he researched and taught graduate-level courses in housing and community development, urban political economy, and policy analysis. From 1985 to 1987, he was chairman of the Pratt Institute’s Department of City and Regional Planning in Brooklyn, where he also taught and consulted on projects in housing and community development.
Frank has a PhD and a master's degree in regional planning, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.