Luis A. Ubiñas
Luis A. Ubiñas is president of the Ford Foundation, the second-largest philanthropy in the United States with more than $10 billion in assets and $500 million in annual giving.
The foundation operates worldwide and has offices in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. Since taking leadership at Ford in 2008, Luis has built a program strategy focused on increasing the participation of poor and marginalized individuals and communities in the economic, social, and political opportunities afforded by their societies. He has focused on how new technology and social media can reshape the way nonprofits deliver results for those they serve. To maximize the resources available to grantees, Luis also led the restructuring of the foundation’s operations and endowment management. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Luis was a director at McKinsey & Company, leading the firm’s media practice on the West Coast. He served technology, telecommunications, and media companies, working with them to develop and implement strategies and improve operations. Much of his work focused on the opportunities and challenges represented by the growth of Internet and wireless technologies.Luis serves on several nonprofit, government and corporate boards and advisory committees, including the World Bank Advisory Council of Global Foundation Leaders, the Advisory Committee for the U.S.-China 100,000 Strong Initiative, and the boards of the New York Public Library and the Collegiate School for Boys. He also serves on the Board of Electronic Arts and on the U.S. Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation.Luis is a graduate of Harvard College, where he was named a Truman Scholar, and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with highest honors. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.Luis is married to Deborah L. Tolman, professor of social welfare and psychology at Hunter College School of Social Work and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. They have two sons.