Taryn Higashi is the first executive director of Unbound Philanthropy, a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to ensuring that migrants, refugees, and their families are treated with respect and dignity so that they can contribute and thrive in their new communities. Unbound Philanthropy’s current grantmaking focuses on communities and issues in the United States and the UK.
Prior to joining Unbound, Higashi managed the migrant and refugee rights portfolio at the Ford Foundation from 1997 to 2008, and served as deputy director of the Ford’s Human Rights Unit. In 2009, she was a corecipient of the Robert V. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking from the Council on Foundations. She was recently appointed to the advisory board of the Receiving Communities Initiative. Higashi received a BA from the University of California at San Diego and a JD from the George Washington University Law School.