Margaret Morton

Director, Creativity & Free Expression at Ford Foundation

Margaret Morton

Margaret Morton

Director, Creativity & Free Expression at Ford Foundation

Biography

Margaret Morton is the director of the Creativity and Free Expression team, and has supported grant making in the arts and other forms of cultural expression.

Margaret joined the foundation in 2015. Previously, she was deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, where she oversaw funding for arts and cultural program activities and capital infrastructure. She also served as the department’s general counsel, in which capacity she devised new frameworks for grant programs, designed development resources to support arts administrators, and implemented a new model for addressing the affordability of space for artists. In addition, she guided large-scale capital funding initiatives for cultural institutions, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and BRIC Arts/Media Center.

Prior to her work in the arts and cultural sector, Margaret served as counsel to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she helped enact civil rights legislation and worked on immigration reform and judicial nominations. She also managed education, labor relations, and the equal employment opportunity portfolio for the New York State court system.

Margaret was a founding member of the East Harlem School at Exodus House and has been active on the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She was a member of the New York City Lobbying Commission and is currently an appointee of the chief judge of the state of New York on the Commission on Judicial Nomination, which screens candidates for the New York Court of Appeals.

Margaret earned her juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and her bachelor's degree, in dance and American history, from Barnard College.

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President at Ford Foundation

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International Program Director, Gender, Racial & Ethnic Justice, Director, Southern Africa at Ford Foundation

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Commissioner at New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

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Chief Investment Officer & Vice President at Ford Foundation

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Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

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Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away—in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.

Career History
Director, Creativity & Free Expression
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.

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Commissioner
Prior - 2016

Established by the New York State Constitution, the Commission screens candidates for vacancies on the Court of Appeals, New York State's highest court. When a vacancy on the Court of Appeals occurs or is known to be imminent, the Commission broadly solicits applications from candidates who reflect the diversity of the citizenry of the State of New York, and then considers all interested candidates. From these candidates, the Commission selects, based on merit, a slate of well qualified nominees which it forwards to the Governor. The Governor then selects a candidate whose nomination is forwarded to the State's Senate Judiciary Committee. This website includes: descriptions of the Commission's role and operation; a list of the Commission's members; the legal sources for the Commission's mandate; a list of all historical nominees forwarded to the Governor since the Commission's inception; and all Commission press releases from 2007 to date. When the Commission is engaged in the process of soliciting candidates for a vacancy on the Court, this website also contains application forms that can be used by interested candidates.

Ex Officio Trustee
Prior - 2014

Wildlife Conservation Society operates society to save wildlife. It operates as park and other wildlife zoos. The firm saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation, education and the management of the urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. It protects creatures like, Gorillas in Congo, Tigers in India, Wolverines in the Yellowstone Rockies and Ocean Giants. The company was founded in 1895 and is headquartered in Bronx, NY.

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