Bradford K. Smith

President, Candid

Brad was instrumental in guiding the recent merger of the Foundation Center and GuideStar to create Candid, which connects people who want to change the world with the resources they need to do so through research, collaboration, and training.

Brad has devoted his entire career to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining the Foundation Center in 2008, he was president of the Geneva-based Oak Foundation, a major family foundation with programs in 41 countries. Before that, he was Ford Foundation’s representative in Brazil and was promoted to vice president in the New York headquarters where he responsible for the global Peace and Social Justice Program, the foundation’s largest program area. During his 10-year tenure in this role, the program provided hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations working on issues of human rights, international cooperation, governance, and civil society. Before joining the Ford Foundation, Brad directed the Inter-American Foundation’s Brazil program. Prior to that he worked in Costa Rica and New York for the YMCA of the USA where he managed world development at the Center for International Management Studies.

Brad holds an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research in New York and a B.A. in anthropology and ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan. He is also a director on the board of the International Center for Transitional Justice.

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