Jerry Maldonado

Director, Cities and States, Ford Foundation

Jerry Maldonado is director of the Ford Foundation’s Cities and States, leading the foundation's Just Cities and Regions, Detroit, and US states programs. Jerry joined Ford as a program manager in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, overseeing the implementation of the foundation’s cross-program Gulf Coast Transformation Initiative. As a program officer, and then as a senior program officer, his grant making focused on integrated regional strategies for building stronger communities, by improving access for low-income families to permanently affordable housing, reducing blight, improving transit choices, and strengthening decent work opportunities. Over the past decade, he has developed and managed innovative, place-based grant making strategies in San Diego, New Orleans, Atlanta, New York, and Puerto Rico, and facilitated the creation of multi-issue, cross-sector collaboratives that strengthened civic engagement and advanced inclusive local development. Jerry has a master's degree in public policy and international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where he concentrated in international relations with a minor in urban studies.

Jerry is speaking at

July 1, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • Alison Corwin (NFG Board Chair) Senior Program Officer, Sustainable Environments, Surdna Foundation
  • Amoretta Morris (NFG Board Member) Director, National Community Strategies, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Manuela Arciniegas (MC) Director, Andrus Family Fund
  • Dimple Abichandani (Speaker) Executive Director, General Service Foundation
  • Julia Beatty (Speaker) Program Officer, Black-Led Movement Fund, Borealis Philanthropy
  • Anna Fink (Speaker) Executive Director, Amalgamated Foundation
  • Jerry Maldonado (Speaker) Director, Cities and States, Ford Foundation
  • Renata Peralta (Speaker) Program Officer for the Open Places Initiative, Open Society Foundations


Plenary 2

NFG is continuing our 2020 virtual convening series with a plenary session on Accountability and Philanthropy’s Role. Join us to hear from grantmakers whose institutions are modeling how we must rethink systems and grantmaking strategies to be accountable to Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities and low-income communities. We will share how and why philanthropy must be bold and show up differently for frontline communities that are rising up against state violence, continuing to grapple with the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, and working to dismantle oppressive systems to transform our communities & world.

Session Time: 9-10:30am PT / 10-11:30am MT / 11am-12:30pm CT / 12-1:30pm ET

Note: This session is intended for foundation staff and trustees, donors, philanthropic affinity group staff, and invited speakers.

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