Steven M. Hilton has worked in philanthropy for nearly 30 years. In 1983, he joined the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation established by his grandfather, initially holding the positions of program assistant and program associate. In 1989, he was named vice president of programs and was elected to the board of directors. He was named president in 1998, and in 2005, his responsibilities expanded to include CEO.
Hilton oversees the Foundation’s worldwide humanitarian work. He previously served on the governing board of the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters. He also served on the boards of the Archdiocesan Finance Council, the BEST Foundation for a Drug-Free Tomorrow, Loyola Marymount University, Southern California Grantmakers and the St. Joseph Center.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Hilton worked in hotel management and was involved in aquaculture.
A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Hilton also earned a MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has been honored by the St. Joseph Center and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Southern California Chapter). Hilton was the inaugural recipient of the Yunus Social Innovation Medal presented by Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus.