Xavier de Souza Briggs
Vice President, Inclusive Economies and Markets Ford Foundation
Xavier (Xav) de Souza Briggs is vice president of the foundation's Inclusive Economies and Markets program at Ford Foundation. Previously, Xav was a professor of sociology and urban planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An award-winning author, commentator, and educator, he has led groundbreaking research in economic opportunity, democracy and governance, segregation, and racial and ethnic diversity in cities and metropolitan regions.
From January 2009 to August 2011, while on public service leave from MIT, Xav served as associate director of the Office of Management and Budget in the White House. There he oversaw a wide array of policy, budget and management issues for roughly half of the cabinet agencies of the federal government. Earlier in his career, Xav served as a community planner in the South Bronx, a policy adviser and R&D director at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and a faculty member in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He holds an engineering degree from Stanford University, an MPA from Harvard University, and a PhD in sociology and education from Columbia University.