Bradford K. Smith
Brad ensures that Candid has the talent, technology, partnerships and financial resources to deliver on its mission. Formerly president of Foundation Center, Brad led its effort to unite with GuideStar to form Candid in 2019.
Brad has devoted his career to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. From 1975 to 1982, he worked at the YMCA of the USA, in Costa Rica and New York, where he became manager of world development at its Center for International Management Studies. He worked at the Inter-American Foundation from 1982 to 1991, where he directed the Brazil program. He joined the Ford Foundation in 1991 as a program officer in Brazil before being promoted to representative. From 1996 to 2005, Brad developed and led the foundation’s largest program area, the Peace and Social Justice Program. In 10 years as vice president, he distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations working on human rights, international cooperation, governance, and civil society in the U.S. and globally. From 2006 to 2008, Brad was president of the Oak Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, a major family foundation with programs and grant activities in 41 countries in on five continents. He joined Foundation Center in 2008.
Brad serves on the boards of the Tinker Foundation and the International Center for Transitional Justice and the advisory board of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security.
He holds a B.A. in anthropology and ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in economics from the New School for Social Research.