DARREN WALKER is a nonprofit executive born on this date, who serves as president of the Ford Foundation. Walker is a fellow of the Institute for Urban Design, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a board member of the Arcus Foundation, the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers, Friends of the High Line, and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies.
Earlier in his career, Walker worked as a lawyer and investment banker. He has been a teacher of housing, law and urban development at the New York UNiversity School of Law and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is co-chair of the New York Public Library Council. He is board of directors vice-chairman at the New York City Ballet. In 2018, Walker joined the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Walker is out gay. His partner of 26 years, David Beitzel, died in January 2019 of a cardiac arrest due to an aortic dissection.