Edmund J. Cain

Vice President, Grant Programs

Edmund J. Cain

Edmund J. Cain oversees all domestic and international grant programming at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, including overall responsibility for the Foundation’s strategic planning. Prior to joining the Foundation, Cain served as director of The Carter Center’s Global Development Initiative, which facilitated national development strategies in post-conflict countries. A senior member of The Carter Center’s Peace Program team, Cain advised former President Carter on global development issues and participated in election monitoring missions. Prior to that, Cain had a long career with the United Nations serving in Malaysia, Myanmar, and Afghanistan, and was a U.N. Resident Coordinator in Turkey and in Egypt. He was also the first Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Emergency Response Division. In that capacity he oversaw the formulation of UNDP’s disaster response policy and led missions to war-torn and disaster-affected countries. Cain also served in the U.N. Secretariat as the Chief of Staff to the U.N. Undersecretary General for General Assembly and Political Affairs. A Fellow at the Harvard Center for International Affairs and Senior Fellow at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, Cain holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Delaware.

Posts by Edmund J. Cain

  1. Our News

    Sharing our Partner Feedback: Announcing Grantee Perception Report Findings

    April 10, 2018 By Edmund J. Cain

    We deeply value our grantee partnerships. Learn more about our recent Grantee Perception Report and how we will apply this feedback moving forward.

  2. Our News

    Why U.S. foundations should take the global Sustainable Development Goals seriously

    June 1, 2016 By Edmund J. Cain

    In his article, originally published in the Spring 2016 issue of Responsive Philanthropy, the official publication of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Vice President for Grant Programs Ed Cain calls on Foundations to get serious about supporting the Sustainable Development Goals.

  3. Our News

    The Future of Philanthropy in Humanitarian Action

    May 25, 2016 By Edmund J. Cain

    In this article, our Vice President, Grant Programs, Edmund J. Cain talks about the need for donors to keep pace with the evolving disaster relief and recovery sector.

  4. Our News

    Taking the Sustainable Development Goals seriously

    May 1, 2015 By Edmund J. Cain

    Sustainable development is the defining challenge of our generation. We have reached an unprecedented and transformative point in development cooperation where the prospect of meaningfully advancing universal sustainable human development is achievable.

  5. Our News

    Hilton Foundation-led panel discussion at World Water Week explored how foundations can catalyze their investments

    Safe Water September 25, 2012 By Edmund J. Cain

    This year at World Water Week, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation led a well-attended session, “Catalyzing Funding, Innovation, and Advocacy: U.S. Philanthropy and WASH.”