In the first installment of our View video series, Fairview Co-Founder and Managing Partner Larry Morse interviews Roy Swan, Director of Mission Investments at the Ford Foundation. The Ford Foundation has been active in supporting diversity efforts in private equity and venture capital, including deploying capital from its endowment with diverse managers as part of a $1 billion commitment to mission-related investments. In this interview, Roy shares insights into the Ford Foundation’s approach, his views on diversity in the industry, advice for other foundations and diverse managers, and reflections on his career.
Select clips and the full interview can be found below.
What does diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to and at the Ford Foundation, and how does it shape the Foundation’s investment philosophy and approach to investing with diverse managers?
Why have foundations been slow to invest with diverse managers?
Advice to endowments and foundations who are interested in increasing diversity in their portfolios.
How will Roy know his time at the Ford Foundation was successful?
Watch the complete interview here: