Luis Ubiñas

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Luis Ubiñas
Born 1963
Education Harvard University
(A.B. & M.B.A.)
Occupation Businessman and nonprofit advisor
Home town New York, New York
Spouse(s) Deborah Tolman

Luis Antonio Ubiñas (born 1963) is an American businessman and nonprofit advisor.[1] He served as the president of the Ford Foundation from 2008 through 2013. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, he had an 18-year career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company.[2] He is currently the president of the Board of Trustees of the Pan American Development Foundation.

Early life[edit]

Ubiñas grew up in the South Bronx in New York City. His mother, a native of Puerto Rico, was a seamstress.[3] His father died when Ubiñas and his four siblings were young.[4] Ubiñas graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1985 with a degree in government. He was a Truman Scholar. In 1989, he graduated from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar with highest honors.


Ubiñas spent 18 years at McKinsey & Company as a consultant in the areas of telecommunications, technology and media.[1]

Ford Foundation[edit]

Ubiñas served as president of the Ford Foundation from January 2008 through 2013. During his tenure as president, Ubiñas significantly restructured the organization. The restructuring effort reduced the foundation's number of program areas from over 200 to 35, and defined eight major issues, including access to education, natural resources and sustainable development, as its core objectives.[5] Ubiñas increased the Ford Foundation's focus on social justice issues.[1]

Pan American Development Foundation[edit]

In 2015, Ubiñas became the president of the Board of Trustees of the Pan American Development Foundation, an organization that works with governments, non-profit organizations and corporations to fund and administer development projects in Central and South America and the Caribbean.[6]

Other activities[edit]

Ubiñas is a trustee of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and the New York Public Library.[7] In the private sector, Ubinas is a member of the Board of Directors of Shorelight Education, which helps bring international students to colleges and universities in the United States. He is a Lead Director at Electronic Arts. He serves as an Advisory Committee Member for the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships which overseas the United Nations' relationships with non-governmental partners. He has also served on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation, the Advisory Committee for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and as Northwest Regional Chair for White House Fellows.

Personal life[edit]

His wife, Deborah Tolman, is a developmental psychologist. They have two sons, Max and Ben.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Preston, Caroline (March 6, 2013). "Ford Foundation's President to Depart in September". The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Hrywna, Mark (March 5, 2013). "Ubiñas To Leave Ford Foundation In September". The Nonprofit Times. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Luis Ubiñas". Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Porter Brown, Nell (September 2012). "First-Generation Challenges". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Strom, Stephanie (April 13, 2009). "New Leader Overhauls Ford Foundation". New York Times. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "PADF Announces Luis Ubiñas as New Board President". Reuters. Pan American Development Foundation. May 28, 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Luis Ubiñas". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  8. ^ Alda, Arlene (2015). Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History. Henry Holt & Company. p. 306. ISBN 9781627790963.