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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Announces Retirement of Ed Cain


Vice President of Grant Programs Had Career of Mission and Impact

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation today announced the retirement of Edmund
"Ed" Cain, vice president of grant programs, effective December 31,
2018. Cain joined the Foundation in 2006 and led all domestic and
international grant program work as well as strategic planning for the

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Edmund J. Cain, Vice President of Programs at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. (Photo: Business Wire ...

Edmund J. Cain, Vice President of Programs at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. (Photo: Business Wire)

"It has been my honor to serve the mission and work of the Conrad N.
Hilton Foundation," said Cain. "This capstone to an almost 50 year
career promoting sustainable development has been a particularly
rewarding chapter of my life. I will be forever grateful for the
partnerships and friendships I've made during this time."

Cain joined the Hilton Foundation from the Carter
in Atlanta where, as director of the Global
Development Initiative
, he supported President Carter in advancing
the Center's mission of advancing peace, fighting disease and building
hope by working with post-conflict countries in the formulation of
national development strategies. Prior to that, Cain had a long career
with the United Nations (UN) serving in New York, Malaysia, Myanmar and
Afghanistan, and as a UN Resident Coordinator in Turkey and Egypt.

"Ed has demonstrated, throughout his career, a deep value for others,
firmly believing that only through creating opportunity and expanding
people's choices can lives be improved," said Peter Laugharn, Hilton
Foundation president and CEO. "Like our founder, Conrad N. Hilton, Ed
believes in ‘thinking and acting big,' a philosophy he applied in
leading the Hilton Foundation and philanthropy toward an understanding
of and support for the United
Nation's Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs). He has been a
proponent for the unprecedented opportunity the SDGs provide as an
aspirational framework to guide cooperation among government, business,
civil society and philanthropy, all toward advancing sustainable human
development. He will leave a lasting positive mark on the Foundation's
efforts to improve people's lives."

Cain led his program team's development of the Hilton Foundation's Philanthropic
, which articulates the Foundation's strategic investments
in program solutions, systems change and learning as the means to
achieving greatest impact. He also built a team that enabled the
Foundation to forge respectful and trusting relationships with grantees
and other partners, resulting in the Foundation receiving its highest
marks ever in the industry-recognized Grantee
Perception Report

"It has been a pleasure working with Ed over the last dozen years," said
Steve Hilton, chairman of the Hilton Foundation board and grandson of
its founder, Conrad N. Hilton. "During his time at the Foundation, Ed
has provided exemplary leadership in overseeing the development of our
strategies. Ed has helped to build and mentor our program staff and
leaves behind a powerful legacy of highly talented and passionately
committed team members. Speaking for our entire board, we are extremely
grateful for his many contributions to the Foundation and wish him all
the best."

About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international
business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left
his fortune to help the world's disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The
Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority
areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing
substance use, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS,
supporting transition age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad
Hilton's support for the work of Catholic Sisters. From its inception,
the Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 billion in grants,
distributing $114.9 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2017.
The Foundation's current assets are approximately $2.8 billion. For more
information, please visit

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