Christopher Grygo is the foundation’s global director for People and Organizational Development, working across the organization to create programs that enhance the foundation’s culture and meet staff’s learning and professional development needs.

Before joining Ford in 2015, Chris worked at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he created global training and development programs in areas including management skills, time management, conflict resolution, and grantmaking. He worked on the design and delivery of sessions to address specific strategic learning needs and worked with staff to develop individual professional development plans. Chris also facilitated team retreats to promote collective excellence throughout the foundation.

Chris has served in leadership and organization development roles throughout his career, starting at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs. He managed professional development for Columbia University’s libraries and information services and has held talent development and organizational development roles at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. He has taught graduate courses at the City University of New York’s Brooklyn College and at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Chris earned his master’s in organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Drew University. He received certification in mediation and conflict resolution from Teachers College and certification in coaching from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.