Thomas Hilbink is the deputy director of the Grant Making Support Group.
From 2007 to 2014, Hilbink was a grant maker in U.S. Programs where he oversaw portfolios on money in politics, judicial and constitutional reform, transparency, and municipal reform and civic engagement in New Orleans.
Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Hilbink spent five years as a professor in the department of legal studies at the University of Massachusetts. His research and writing focused primarily on the varied uses of law and the different roles of lawyers in promoting social change. This included the study of the role of foundations in the development of social change lawyering. He taught courses on law and social change; race and inequality; religion, law, and politics; and the sociology of law. He received his JD from NYU School of Law where he was a Root-Tilden Public Interest Scholar. He received his PhD from the NYU Institute for Law and Society. He holds a BA in history from Columbia.
Prior to commencing his academic career, Hilbink clerked for Judge Stephanie Seymour of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. He has also worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Supreme Court Historical Society, Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, the UN International Law Commission, and SOS Racisme–Catalunya.