Kathy Reich

Director, Building Institutions and Networks
Ford Foundation

Kathy Reich leads the Ford Foundation’s BUILD initiative in the United States and in the foundation’s 10 global regions. BUILD is a six-year, $1 billion initiative to strengthen key institutions around the world that focus on ending inequality. Kathy guides Ford’s efforts to implement sector-leading approaches to support the vitality and effectiveness of institutions and networks that serve as pillars of broader social movements.

Before joining Ford in 2016, Kathy worked for 15 years at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, most recently as organizational effectiveness and philanthropy director, where she led a cross-cutting program to help grantees around the world strengthen their strategy, leadership and impact. Prior to that, she was policy director of a non-profit, served as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill, and worked for state and local elected officials in California. Kathy currently chairs the board of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. She was selected as a Schusterman Fellow in 2016.