Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Announces Two New Board Members

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Announces Two New Board Members

The Hilton Foundation was established in 1944 as a private, independent organization by Conrad N. Hilton, the man who started Hilton Hotels. The Foundation provides funds to nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of individuals living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage throughout the world.

Kofi Appenteng’s career is filled with a deep commitment to African youth, leadership and economic development, as well as to US-Africa relations. He is the chief executive officer of the Africa-America Institute (AAI), a 65-year-old organization with a mission of promoting enlightened engagement between Africa and America through education, training and dialogue. Born in Ghana, Appenteng has more than 30 years of domestic and international experience, including as a corporate lawyer, an investment banker and senior advisor, and as a board director for a number of highly influential foundations and NGOs. He came to the United States in 1977 to attend Wesleyan University where he was a scholar-athlete. In 1984, he earned a law degree from Columbia University. Ten years later, he was the first Black African to become a partner at a major New York City law firm.

Justin McAuliffe is a great-grandson of Conrad Hilton, a grandson of Chairman Emeritus Barron Hilton, and the first of the fourth-generation direct descendants of Conrad Hilton to join the board of directors. He brings to this role entrepreneurial and program experience, having joined the Foundation staff in 2014 as a program associate, where he has been active in family philanthropy and non-traditional grantmaking. McAuliffe will remain on the staff as a program-related investment analyst. In this role, he will assist in the development of program-related investment activities of the Foundation and explore potential opportunities to use financial tools and market-based solutions in addition to grants to accomplish the Foundation’s mission. He is a 2010 graduate of Cornell University with a degree in hotel administration...

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