Washington, D.C (May. 28, 2015) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) announces the appointment of Luis A. Ubiñas as president of its Board of Trustees. The Board unanimously elected Ubiñas during a meeting held today in Washington D.C.
Ubiñas served as the president of the Ford Foundation–one of the largest and most influential foundations in the world—from 2008 to 2013, where he oversaw a $12 billion endowment. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, he was a director at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.
“We are thrilled that Luis has accepted to become our new PADF board president,” said PADF Executive Director John Sanbrailo. “He brings a wealth of development experience and his commitment will be a tremendous asset as we continue to work to promote greater inclusion and democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
Ubiñas serves on numerous boards and committees including the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships; the Advisory Committee for the Export Import Bank of the United States; the U.S. State Department’s One Hundred Thousand Strong Initiative; the New York Public Library; and the Statue of Liberty Foundation. He is also a member of the corporate boards of Electronic Arts and Shorelight Education.
“I look forward to working with PADF to fulfill its mission to assist vulnerable and excluded people throughout the Americas,” Ubiñas said. “It’s an honor to support PADF in this capacity and help further strengthen its work with public and private partners to implement socio-economic development in the region.”
Ubiñas earned a bachelor’s degree at Harvard College, where he was named a Truman Scholar. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the recipient of many leaderships awards from organizations including the National Council of La Raza; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and the Reina Sofia Medal.
The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is the non-profit foundation of the Organization of American States. It was established in 1962 to implement projects that benefit vulnerable and excluded people in Latin America and the Caribbean through the development of public-private partnerships and promotion of corporate social investing. PADF operates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and is an Inter-American instrument for generating economic opportunities, advancing social progress, strengthening communities and civil society, as well as preparing for and responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. In 2014, it reached more than 15 million people in 27 countries. Headquartered in Washington D.C., PADF has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, Suriname, Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. www.padf.org