Steven M. Hilton, grandson of the late hotel entrepreneur who created the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, has worked in the field of philanthropy for more than 25 years. Steven Hilton joined the Foundation in 1983 and has held numerous positions over the years, including Program Assistant, Program Associate, and Vice President of Programs.
He was named President & CEO in 1998 and is in the process of resetting foundation strategy and expanding staff to manage growth made possible by a recent $1.5 billion contribution from his father, Barron Hilton. Hilton today oversees an annual grant making budget of approximately $80 million, divided evenly between U.S. and international humanitarian work.
Most of the Foundation’s grants are applied to long-term projects such as water development in Africa and other countries; housing for the mentally ill homeless; early childhood development for disabled babies and toddlers; youths substance abuse prevention; worldwide blindness prevention and services; and support for the work of Catholic Sisters around the world.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Hilton worked for five years in Alabama, Georgia and California with the Hilton Hotels Corporation. He was also involved in aquaculture (fish farming) businesses in California and Hawaii. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Hilton earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Hilton serves on the boards of both the Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Fund.
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Mar 27, 2011 The Huffington Post "An In-depth Interview with Steven Hilton"
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January 16, 2009 Ventura Star News "The Hilton Legacy, Serving Humanity Worldwide"