Hilary Pennington

The Ford Foundation - VP Education/Creativity/& Free Expression


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Hilary Pennington is vice president of the Ford Foundation’s Education, Creativity and Free Expression program. She leads the foundation’s work on school reform in the United States and higher education around the world, next-generation media policy and journalism, and support for arts and culture. She also oversees regional programming in four offices based in Africa and the Middle East. Pennington is a national expert on postsecondary education and intergenerational change, and she has worked with the Next American University project of the New America Foundation and Arizona State University. Before joining Ford, she was director of education, postsecondary success and special initiatives at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that, she was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the CEO of Jobs for the Future.

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