Kathy Reich

Director, Build at Ford Foundation

Kathy Reich

Kathy Reich

Director, Build at Ford Foundation

Biography

Kathy Reich leads the foundation’s BUILD initiative both in the United States and in our 10 global regions. BUILD is an essential part of the foundation’s strategy to reduce inequality, a strategy arising from the conviction that healthy civil society organizations are essential to driving and sustaining just, inclusive societies. To that end, Kathy guides Ford’s efforts to implement sector-leading approaches to supporting the vitality and effectiveness of institutions and networks that serve as pillars of broader social movements.

Before joining Ford in 2016, Kathy was director of organizational effectiveness and philanthropy at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she led a cross-cutting program to help grantees around the world strengthen their strategy, leadership and impact. Previously she had served at the Packard Foundation as policy analyst and program officer. Prior to that, she was policy director at the Social Policy Action Network, served as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill, and worked for state and local elected officials in California.

Kathy currently serves on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the Peninsula Jewish Community Center. She was selected as a Schusterman Fellow in 2016. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.

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President at Ford Foundation

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Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel at Ford Foundation

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Director, Southern Africa at Ford Foundation

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President at The Center for Effective Philanthropy, Inc.

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Director at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Inc.

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Vice President of Evaluation & Impact at Hawaii Community Foundation

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Former Chief Knowledge Officer at Barr Foundation

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Former Vice President for Programs, Outcomes & Learning at Saint Luke's Foundation of Cleveland - Ohio

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Director at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc.

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Director, Build at Ford Foundation
Career History
Director, Build
2016 - Current

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society. We work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest compared with societal needs, we focus on key problem areas and program strategies. Created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company. The trustees of the foundation set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation’s grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America explore opportunities to pursue the foundation’s goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding.

Director-Organizational Effectiveness & Philanthropy, Program Services
Prior - 2016

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a private foundation that provides grants to not-for-profit organizations. It was created in 1964 by David Packard (co-founder of HP) and his wife Lucile Salter Packard. The foundation's goals, through the use of grants, are to improve the lives of children, enable creative pursuit of science, advance reproductive health, and conserve and restore earth’s natural systems.

Political Donations
$1,000
2004
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Kathy Reich is affiliated with Ford Foundation, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation

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