Program Officer, Cities and States

Ford Foundation

    Ethan Frey is part of the Ford Foundation’s Cities and States team. In this role, he works in collaboration with programs across the foundation to develop and implement tailored grant-making strategies in six states—Texas, Florida, Louisiana, New York, Michigan, and Minnesota—where the foundation will focus its work to build the capacity of people-centered ecosystems seeking long-term, statewide change over the next five years.

    Ethan joined Ford in 2013 as a program associate on the Civic Engagement and Government team. During his tenure, he has worked primarily on the foundation’s organizing, voting rights, census, and voter engagement programs. Previously, Ethan served as a regional field director in Columbus, Ohio, for the 2012 presidential campaign and before that as a field organizer in Toledo during the 2008 general election campaign. He also worked to unionize low-wage workers in Miami, Florida, as an organizer for the international trade union Unite Here, which represents food service, hotel, and gaming employees. At Project Renewal, a nonprofit social service provider, he worked to protect public benefits for low-income New Yorkers as a non-attorney civil legal advocate.

    Ethan is a 2010 graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, James.

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