Pablo Farias

Vice President, Asset Building and Community Development Program,
Ford Foundation

Pablo Farías is vice president for the Asset Building and Community Development Program of the Ford Foundation, one of the three programmatic areas of the Foundation. This program focuses on expanding access to opportunity and promoting asset accumulation by low income and poor individuals, families and communities. Program support focuses on building financial and natural assets, promoting quality employment and expanding access to opportunity in metropolitan areas.

Dr. Farías joined the Ford Foundation in 1998 and served until 2003 as representative of the Foundation for Mexico and Central America. He also served as deputy to the vice president in the Assets Program, supporting the design of program strategies and the development of analysis and learning activities.

Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Dr. Farías was the founding director general of the College of the Southern Border in Chiapas, Mexico, a research institute focused on the challenges of poverty alleviation, sustainable development in tropical rural areas and population dynamics in Mexico’s southern border region. He also served on the board of Mexico’s National Council on Science and Technology and the national advisory councils on sustainable development and social development.

Dr. Farías began his career in social medicine and mental health working in the refugee camps along the Mexico-Guatemala border. Together with a group of community health advocates, he established the Comitan Center for Health Research, an organization focused on reproductive health, community mental health and development in rural areas. A native of Monterrey, Mexico, he studied medicine at the University of Monterrey and trained in Psychiatry and Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Hospital, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was a Dupont-Warren research fellow and a Lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.