John Philip Santos

John Phillip Santos joined the Ford Foundation in 1997 as a Program Officer in the Media, Arts and Culture Program. He has direct programming responsibility for the Foundation's Media Projects Fund and international initiatives involving new media technologies. Originally from San Antonio, Mr. Santos is a filmmaker, producer, journalist and writer whose work examines the intersecting issues of media, culture and identity. He is the recent producer of From the Airwaves to the Internet, a short history of broadcast news, a former executive producer and director of new program development for Thirteen/WNET and was also a producer of over forty documentaries on culture, religion politics and spirituality for CBS News.

Mr. Santos is a Rhodes Scholar and holds degrees in English Literature and Language from Oxford University and Philosophy and Literature from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to his work at the Foundation, he serves as an appointed member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Excellence in Education for Hispanic Americans. Mr. Santos' family memoir, Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation, published by Viking/Penguin in August 1999 was nominated for the National Book Award.