Orlando Bagwell

Director, Justfilms Initiative at Ford Foundation

Orlando Bagwell

Orlando Bagwell

Director, Justfilms Initiative at Ford Foundation

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Orlando Bagwell
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Orlando Bagwell is director of the foundation's JustFilms initiative, a new effort supporting emerging and established filmmakers whose work addresses the most urgent social issues of our time.

Orlando joined the Ford Foundation in 2004 as a program officer concentrating primarily on support for documentary films and leading the foundation's five-year special initiative, Global Perspectives in a Digital Age, Advancing Public Service Media. He later served as director of Ford's Freedom of Expression work—overseeing grant making for public media, media rights and access, arts and culture, and religion issues—before being tapped in 2010 to establish and lead the foundation's JustFilms initiative.

Recognition of his work includes four Emmy Awards and numerous Emmy nominations, three George Peabody Awards and the 1994 New York Film Festival Grand Prize.

He was a lead producer and director of Blackside Inc., and its award-winning series, "Eyes on the Prize." He later served as executive vice president in charge of production at Blackside from 1991 to 1994. As executive producer and filmmaker at WGBH Educational Foundation from 1995 to 2000, he supervised all aspects of the multi-part historical documentary series "Africans in America" for PBS broadcast and the related national educational and community outreach programs. Since 1989, he has been president of Roja Productions Inc.

Orlando has curated visual exhibits for the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree in broadcast journalism and a bachelor's degree in film, both from Boston University.

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Roja Productions Inc.

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President at Ford Foundation

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Chairperson at Philanthropy New York, Inc.

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

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Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at The Asia Foundation

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Chief Investment Officer & Vice President at Ford Foundation

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Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel at Ford Foundation

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Director, International Operations Liaison at Ford Foundation

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International Program Director, Natural Resources & Climate Change at Ford Foundation

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International Program Director, Technology & Society at Ford Foundation

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Director of Education & Scholarship at Ford Foundation

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Orlando Bagwell
Director, Justfilms Initiative at Ford Foundation
Education
Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism

Boston University (most commonly referred to as BU) is a private research university located in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is nonsectarian, but is historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The university has more than 4,000 faculty members and 29,000 students,and is one of Boston's largest employers. It offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees, and medical and dental degrees through 18 schools and colleges on two urban campuses. The main campus is situated along the Charles River in Boston's Fenway-Kenmore and Allston neighborhoods, while the Boston University Medical Campus is in Boston's South End neighborhood. BU also operates 75 study abroad programs in over 33 cities in over 20 countries and has internship opportunities in 10 different countries (including the United States and abroad).

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Director, Justfilms Initiative
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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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$250
2012

Former President of United States

$250
2008

Former President of United States

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