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Darren Walker

President of the Ford Foundation; Chair of the US Alliance on Impact Investing

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 Darren Walker Biography

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, an international social justice philanthropy with a $13 billion endowment and $600 million in annual grant making. In this role, he chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy. Walker is co-founder and chair of the US Alliance on Impact Investing.

Before joining Ford, Darren was vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs including the Rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. In the 1990s, as COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation—Harlem’s largest community development organization—he oversaw a comprehensive revitalization strategy, including building over 1,000 units of affordable housing and the first major commercial development in Harlem since the 1960s. Earlier, he had a decade-long career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS.

Darren co-chairs New York City’s Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, and serves on the Commission on the Future of Riker’s Island Correctional Institution and the UN International Labor Organization Commission on the Future of Work. He also serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, the High Line and the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of thirteen honorary degrees and university awards, including the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University.

Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren was a member of the first class of Head Start in 1965 and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, which in 2009 recognized him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award—its highest alumni honor. He has been included on numerous annual media lists, including Time’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, Rolling Stone’s 25 People Shaping the Future, Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative People, and OUT Magazine’s Power 50.

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Darren Walker

President of the Ford Foundation; Chair of the US Alliance on Impact Investing

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Darren Walker Biography

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, an international social justice philanthropy with a $13 billion endowment and $600 million in annual grant making. In this role, he chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy. Walker is co-founder and chair of the US Alliance on Impact Investing.

Before joining Ford, Darren was vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs including the Rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. In the 1990s, as COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation—Harlem’s largest community development organization—he oversaw a comprehensive revitalization strategy, including building over 1,000 units of affordable housing and the first major commercial development in Harlem since the 1960s. Earlier, he had a decade-long career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS.

Darren co-chairs New York City’s Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, and serves on the Commission on the Future of Riker’s Island Correctional Institution and the UN International Labor Organization Commission on the Future of Work. He also serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, the High Line and the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of thirteen honorary degrees and university awards, including the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University.

Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren was a member of the first class of Head Start in 1965 and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, which in 2009 recognized him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award—its highest alumni honor. He has been included on numerous annual media lists, including Time’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, Rolling Stone’s 25 People Shaping the Future, Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative People, and OUT Magazine’s Power 50.

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  • Darren Walker - 2018 Hamilton College Commencement Speaker
    Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, delivers Hamilton's 2018 Commencement address on Sunday, May 20. More about ...
  • Ford Foundation President Darren Walker On Evolutionary Process
    For Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, coming out as a gay man was an “evolutionary process.” The 58-year-old says there was ...
  • Darren Walker Keynote Address | 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference
    Darren Walker Keynote Address | 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference. Detroit Regional Chamber. Loading... Unsubscribe from Detroit Regional ...

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  • How to book Darren Walker?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Darren Walker for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Darren Walker, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Darren Walker or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Darren Walker?

    Booking fees for Darren Walker, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Darren Walker, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Darren Walker?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Darren Walker for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Darren Walker for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Darren Walker or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Darren Walker or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Darren Walker is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Darren Walker for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Darren Walker generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Melody Barnes, Howard Gardner, James Fallows, David Brooks and Beth Brooke-Marciniak. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Darren Walker for an upcoming event.

Darren Walker Speaker Videos

  • Darren Walker - 2018 Hamilton College Commencement Speaker
    Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, delivers Hamilton's 2018 Commencement address on Sunday, May 20. More about ...
    Ford Foundation President Darren Walker On Evolutionary Process
    For Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, coming out as a gay man was an “evolutionary process.” The 58-year-old says there was ...
  • Darren Walker Keynote Address | 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference
    Darren Walker Keynote Address | 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference. Detroit Regional Chamber. Loading... Unsubscribe from Detroit Regional ...
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