Ford Foundation Names VP for U.S. Programs
Maria Torres-Springer is joining the Ford Foundation as its new VP for U.S. Programs. She is currently the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the nation's largest municipal housing agency. Torres-Springer previously served as President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where she created and advanced transformational projects, including the re-imagining of Spofford, a former juvenile detention center in the Bronx as a hub for the arts and affordable housing. Before that, she was the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services; EVP and Chief of Staff at NYCEDC; a Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Rebuilding; and the COO of Friends of the Highline. The Yale University graduate also holds a Master’s from Harvard University. “I am deeply honored to join the Ford Foundation at this critical moment in the organization’s work throughout the United States,” said Torres-Springer. “Across eight decades, the foundation has invested in the people, ideas, and institutions that fight every day to reduce poverty and injustice. I look forward to contributing to this mission and joining the immensely talented team at Ford.” She begins her new role in May. More here.