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Roy Swan ’86

Ford Foundation - Portrait Session January 2018

Roy Swan leads the Ford Foundation’s Mission Investments team, responsible for approximately $1.3 billion in capital dedicated to advancing social justice and addressing inequality through impact investing.

Before joining the Ford Foundation, Roy was managing director and co-head of Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley. His team committed more than $13 billion of the firm’s capital to community development transactions.

Roy was the founding chief investment officer of New York City’s Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, which played a key role in Harlem’s economic rebirth. He also served as chief financial officer at Carver Bancorp, a Harlem-based publicly traded financial institution and the nation’s largest African American managed bank. Roy has worked in corporate law at Skadden Arps; investment banking at the First Boston Corporation, Salomon Brothers, and JPMorgan; and finance at Time Warner.

Roy is a current or past board member of numerous nonprofits, including the Dalton School, Enterprise Community Partners, and the Low Income Investment Fund. He is also a current or past member of several private equity fund limited partner advisory committees, including Brightwood Capital Partners, Core Innovation Partners, and National Equity Fund. Roy continues to serve as a general partner and board member of Morgan Stanley’s Small Business Investment Company, an entity he co-founded in 2014.

After Princeton, Roy received a law degree from Stanford Law School, where he was an editor of the Stanford Law Review.


A Seat at the Table: Positioning Yourself for Board Service

Saturday, October 5

Why board service is important and how you can position yourself to serve on corporate and non-profit boards.

Moderator: Anthony Noble *01, Vice President and Chief of Staff, American Tower Corporation

Lawrence Otis Graham ’83, Special Counsel at Cuddy & Feder LLP, Author, Commentator
Juanita T. James ’74, President & CEO, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
Sonja J. McGill ’93, Partner, Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP
Roy Swan ’86, Director, Mission Investments, Ford Foundation
Kneeland Youngblood ’78, Founding Partner, Pharos Capital Group