Steven M. Hilton

Chairman of the Board

Steve Hilton

Steven M. Hilton has worked in the field of philanthropy for approximately 35 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. While he retired as President and CEO, effective at the end of 2015, he remains 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 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 and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Pepperdine University. 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 and was given the Distinguished Alumni Award by the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association. Hilton was the inaugural recipient of Southern California Grantmakers’ Heart of Philanthropy Award.

Posts by Steven M. Hilton

  1. Our News

    A Message from our Chairman

    December 21, 2015 By Steven M. Hilton

    Steve Hilton, our Chairman, President & CEO talks about his pending retirement and his plans to stay on as the Foundation’s Chairman.

  2. Our News

    Homelessness in LA: Living in a state of emergency

    Homelessness September 30, 2015 By Steven M. Hilton

    LA City leaders have declared a state of emergency regarding the homelessness crisis in the region, but what should we do next?

  3. Our News

    A New Era: Welcoming Peter Laugharn, Incoming President & CEO

    May 20, 2015 By Steven M. Hilton

    Following a broad search for the next president and chief executive officer of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, I am pleased to announce that the board of directors has selected Peter Laugharn as my successor, effective January 1, 2016.

  4. Our News

    Refugee Crisis: A Dangerous Turning Point

    Disaster Relief & Recovery April 10, 2015 By Steven M. Hilton

    UN agencies have requested $3.7 billion for 2015 to support those displaced by the Syrian conflict, but just over half the needed funds have so far been pledged.

  5. Our News

    A tribute to my father, Barron Hilton

    November 25, 2014 By Steven M. Hilton

    Last month, my father, at the age of 87, graciously stepped down from the board of directors of the Foundation, signaling the end of an era. He was the Foundation's longest serving board member, having joined in 1950, the same year I was born. Under his leadership, both Hilton Hotels Corporation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation soared to new heights.

  6. Our News

    President’s note: A time for transition

    March 24, 2014 By Steven M. Hilton

    In 2013, I celebrated 30 years of service with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Reflecting on this time, I am humbled and inspired by the outstanding work of our grantees, partners, and peers, and by the extraordinary staff and board of the Foundation. I have decided the time has come for me to announce my retirement as President and CEO, so that another executive can take us to the next stage of our evolution.