Barron M. Tenny

Board of Directors
Co-Chair

Barron M. Tenny served as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of the Ford Foundation from 1996 until January 2011. He joined the Foundation in 1983 as special assistant to the President and was made Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel in 1984.

Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Mr. Tenny was General Counsel, Vice President, and Assistant Secretary of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, a community development corporation in Brooklyn, New York. From 1970 to 1974 he was an associate attorney at the New York law firm Greenbaum, Wolff & Ernst, with a focus on nonprofit law.

Mr. Tenny is Vice Chair of the Foundation Center, a trustee of the International Fellowship Fund, where he chairs the Finance and Investment Advisory Committee, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and Youth Orchestra of the Americas, a director of the New York City Bar Fund, and a member of the Council on Foundation’s Ethics and Practices Committee.

Mr. Tenny graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1969. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and science from Harvard College.