NY1’s Budd Mishkin profiles Ford Foundation president Darren Walker and his journey from humble beginnings to his role as a leader in philanthropy.

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One on 1 Profile: Ford Foundation president Darren Walker moved from Wall Street to Harlem to philanthropy

By Budd Mishkin

Darren Walker often attends more than one event every night, which is not surprising, since he’s the president of the second-biggest philanthropic organization in the country, the Ford Foundation. He first experienced New York from afar as a kid, watching the old TV show Green Acres, and it’s been quite a journey ever since. NY1’s Budd Mishkin filed the following One on 1 profile.

“I actually never sought a career in philanthropy,” said Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation. “I still don’t want a career in philanthropy.”

It is an interesting observation from a man who oversees the distribution of a half-billion dollars in grants every year.

The Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is an independent organization working to address inequality and build a future grounded in justice. For more than 85 years, it has supported visionaries on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. Today, with an endowment of $16 billion, the foundation has headquarters in New York and 10 regional offices across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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