Nishka Chandrasoma

Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel at Ford Foundation

Nishka Chandrasoma

Nishka Chandrasoma

Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel at Ford Foundation

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Nishka Chandrasoma is Secretary, Director, VP & General Counsel at Ford Foundation (Mexico). Ms. Chandrasoma received a graduate degree from Yale Law School and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Ford Foundation (Mexico)
Ford Foundation

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President at Ford Foundation

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Director, Southern Africa at Ford Foundation

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Chief Investment Officer & Vice President at Ford Foundation

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Chief Financial Officer at Vulcan, Inc.

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Director, Andean Region at Ford Foundation

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Deputy Commissioner at New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

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Director, Civic Engagement & Government at Ford Foundation

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Director, Internet Freedom at Ford Foundation

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Director, Justfilms at Ford Foundation

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Director, Private Equity & Real Assets at Ford Foundation

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Education

University of California Berkeley National rankings: In a National Research Council analysis of 212 doctoral programs at American universities, 48 Berkeley programs place among the top 10 nationwide. Faculty awards and honors: There are 8 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. History of UC Berkeley: Historical highlights, arranged by topic, following the campus's development — from UC's founding in 1868 to a turn-of-the-century building boom, a research explosion in the 1930s, the Free Speech Movement of the '60s, and Berkeley's key role today in science and technology revolutions. Timeline of discoveries and contributions by UC Berkeley scholars. Traditions of Cal: Who was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up there in the hills — and why is it sometimes green? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater? Tours and webcams: Check out what's happening on Sproul Plaza, the campus's true heart. See stunning live views of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science's perch in the Berkeley hills. Chancellor and administration: Information on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer, and how the university is organized. Organizational charts are included. UC System overview and links: On the campuses, laboratories, and medical centers that comprise UC's public educational system, as well as UC's K-12 partnerships, economic impact, and agriculture and environmental resources.

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The Law School is small by design; its impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through numerous centers and projects. For students, the experience is unparalleled. The faculty-student ratio supports a vast array of courses and opportunities for independent research and student-organized seminars. Students get practical training by representing real clients in clinics starting in their first year. Throughout, a spirit of collaboration reigns. All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass. Yale Law School is unique among law schools in that it produces leaders in all walks of life: distinguished deans and faculty members at law schools across the country and the world; industry CEOs and corporate counsels; founders of nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit entities; entrepreneurs; government servants in federal, state, and local offices and the judiciary--just a few areas in which our alumni's talent and passion and dedication have made a difference. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Center.

Career History
Secretary, Director, Vice President & General Counsel
2015 - Current
Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel
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.

Associate
Prior - 2015

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP provides legal services. The company focuses on commercial law and litigation. Their clients include a diverse group of institutions and individuals: from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to major media and publishing empires, from cultural landmarks to famous entertainers, from consumer products to sophisticated financial products, from foreign companies seeking to transact business on United States stock exchanges to United States companies doing business abroad. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Political Donations
$200
2008

Former President of United States

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