Taryn Higashi is the Executive Director of Unbound Philanthropy. Taryn managed the migrant and refugee rights portfolio at the Ford Foundation from 1997-2018 and was Deputy Director of the human rights unit from 2001-2008. Previously, Taryn was a Program Officer at The New York Community Trust; a staff attorney for Safe Horizons in New York City; and an associate at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers.
Taryn is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Roberts W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, one of philanthropy’s highest honours, which she shared with her colleague Geri Mannion of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Taryn and Geri co-founded the Four Freedoms Fund, to secure the full integration of immigrants as active participants in our democracy, which has made more than $94.3 million in grants since 2003. Taryn serves on the Board of the International Refugee Assistance Project, the Advisory Board of the International Migration Initiative of the Open Society Foundations, and the Steering Committee of the Asian Women’s Giving Circle.