Brad Smith is president of the Foundation Center, the leading authority on organized philanthropy in the U.S. Before joining the Center in 2008, Mr. Smith was president of the Oak Foundation, a family foundation with international programs based in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Smith has devoted his entire career to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, working for many years in Latin America. His longest tenure has been at the Ford Foundation, where he started as a program officer in its Brazil office and went on to develop the Ford Foundation's Peace and Social Justice Program. He spent ten-years as vice president of the program distributing hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations working on issues of human rights, international cooperation, governance, and civil society around the world.
In addition to that of The Tinker Foundation, he sits on the advisory board of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security. Mr. Smith 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.