Steven M. Hilton

Chairman, President & CEO

Steven M. Hilton has worked in the field of philanthropy for more than 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, CEO in 2005, and chairman in 2012. In 2014 Steve Hilton announced his plans to retire as President and CEO, effective at the end of 2015, and he hopes to remain involved in the Foundation's work as Chairman of the board of directors.

Steve 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, Loyola Marymount University, Southern California Grantmakers, and St. Joseph Center.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Hilton worked for five years in hotel management with Hilton Hotels Corporation in Alabama, Georgia, and California. He was also involved in aquaculture businesses in California and Hawaii.

A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Hilton also earned a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has been honored by 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 and California State  University, Channel Islands.  He was selected as one of UCLA Anderson's 100 Inspirational Alumni.