FORD FOUNDATION (CHAIR EMERITUS)
Frank DeGiovanni retired in 2016 from a 25-year career at the Ford Foundation. Most recently, 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 focused set of initiatives on savings, individual asset development, Social Security reform, rural livelihood development, and consumer financial services. Prior to that role, Dr. DeGiovanni was the Foundation’s deputy director of Program-Related Investments, where he was responsible for creating and monitoring a diverse loan portfolio of organizations promoting community and economic development in the United States and internationally. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 1991, Dr. DeGiovanni 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. He holds a doctorate and a master’s in regional planning, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.