• Museum at Eldridge Street (map)
  • 12 Eldridge Street
  • New York, NY, 10002
  • United States
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This event is co-sponsored by the Ford Foundation

Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities. Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Walker.

Pay what you wish. RSVP requested.


Darren Walker

President, Ford Foundation

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, the nation’s second largest philanthropy. For two decades he has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, working on an array of social justice issues including education, human rights, urban development, and free expression.  

Prior to joining Ford, Darren was vice president at the Rockefeller Foundation, and had a decade-long career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS. As COO of Harlem’s leading community development organization, the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Darren oversaw development of over 1,000 new units of low-income housing and Harlem’s first commercial development in twenty years, among other achievements.  

Darren is a member of the boards of Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet, the High Line, and the Arcus Foundation. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of several honorary degrees. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor given by his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin.  

About the Series: A year-long series of commemorative lectures as a birthday present to Jane. Lectures will take place in cities around the world and we invite you to check this site often for lectures near you. All New York lectures will be held at the landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, known as the Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street between Canal and Division.