Published in Crain’s New York Business | July 3, 2014
Ford Foundation exec develops young minds
Hilary Pennington was so shocked when Ford Foundation President Darren Walker called her about filling the role he once had that she locked herself out of her car and had to call a locksmith. Scores had lobbied to become the $12 billion foundation’s vice president of the Education, Creativity and Free Expression program. Ms. Pennington, 58, was not among them.
“Darren said I was the one person who didn’t call him,” said Ms. Pennington, who started in October.
She has worked in education for most of her career and shares the foundation’s dedication to social justice. As a child, she spent time in her father’s home country of South Africa, where she witnessed apartheid. And she saw her mother carve an education path for her sister, who has serious learning issues.
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