Perspectives on philanthropy, impact and our work to improve the lives of vulnerable people around the world.

Steven M. Hilton is the President, CEO, and Chairman of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The grandson of our founder, Conrad Hilton, he has led the Foundation since 1998.

Following a broad search for the next president and chief executive officer of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, I am pleased to announce that the board of directors has selected Peter Laugharn as my successor, effective January 1, 2016.

 Peter Laugharn
Peter Laugharn, Incoming President
& CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Peter is an accomplished leader with substantial international experience and a focus on improving the well-being of vulnerable children. He has a distinguished 25-year career in the foundation and nonprofit arena, most recently with Firelight Foundation, a Hilton Foundation grantee, where he served as executive director from 2008 to 2014. Prior to Firelight, Peter served as director of programs and then, for six years, as executive director of the Netherlands-based Bernard van Leer Foundation. Peter began his career at Save the Children, where he worked for 11 years in a variety of roles and countries in Africa. A graduate of Stanford and Georgetown Universities, Peter holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of London. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco from 1982 to 1984. Peter was a co-founder of the International Education Funders Group and the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS, and he is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. You can view Peter's bio here.

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Emily Skehan is the Program Associate, Domestic Programs working on our Foster Youth Initiative.

 2015.05 Foster Youth Month Blog

May is National Foster Care Month. To celebrate foster families and the organizations that support them, we are featuring conversation highlights with two grantees in our Foster Youth strategic initiative: Fedcap and The Children's Village. We recognize that foster families are key to our strategy's goal of ensuring that foster youth transition to healthy, productive adulthoods.

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Edmund J. Cain, Vice President of Grant Programs, oversees all domestic and international grant programming at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, including overall responsibility for the Foundation's strategic planning.


Sustainable development is the defining challenge of our generation. We have reached an unprecedented and transformative point in development cooperation where the prospect of meaningfully advancing universal sustainable human development is achievable.

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