Maria Torres-Springer is the foundation’s vice president for US programs. Prior to joining Ford, she spent 15 years in public service with the City of New York, working to create partnerships among communities, business, and the agencies she led in pursuit of expanded economic opportunity for all New Yorkers. Most recently, she served as commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development where she led Mayor Bill de Blasio’s five-borough plan to create or preserve 300,000 affordable homes. During her tenure, she steered the financing of approximately 60,000 affordable homes—more than any two-year period in HPD’s history—and launched several programs to protect tenants’ rights. Torres-Springer has a bachelor’s degree in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University and a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.