Vice President, US Programs
Ford Foundation
320 E 43rd St
New York, NY 10017
United States
Xavier (Xav) de Souza Briggs is vice president for US programs. He oversees the foundation’s domestic programming for Civic Engagement and Government, Creativity and Free Expression, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice, Future of Work(ers), Just Cities and Regions, Technology and Society, and Mission Investments. Previously, Xav was a professor of sociology and urban planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also served as head of MIT’s Housing, Community, and Economic Development Group. An award-winning author, commentator, and educator, he has led groundbreaking research in economic opportunity, democracy and governance, and racial and ethnic diversity and segregation in cities and metropolitan regions. Xav's books include The Geography of Opportunity (Brookings, 2005), Democracy as Problem Solving (MIT Press, 2008), and Moving to Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2010). From January 2009 to August 2011, while on public service leave from MIT, Xav served as associate director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. There he oversaw a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues for roughly half of the cabinet agencies of the federal government. Earlier in his career, Xav served as a community planner in the South Bronx, a policy adviser and R&D director at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, a fellow of the Urban Institute, and a faculty member in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Xav holds an engineering degree from Stanford University, an MPA from Harvard, and a PhD in sociology and education from Columbia University. He serves on the boards of the Global Impact Investing Network and Living Cities, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration.