Frank L. Ellsworth

Dr. Frank L. Ellsworth has been deeply involved in intercultural education and issues for more than thirty years. In 1979, as Pitzer College’s new and youngest president in the history of The Claremont Colleges, Dr. Ellsworth initiated one of the earliest culture-based language learning programs in association with ISA, International, a Tokyo-based company.

As Chairman of the Strategic Planning and Executive Committees of the Japanese American National Museum, he orchestrated an $80 million fundraising campaign, built a new pavilion and launched an endowment and planned giving effort. He has also served as President of The Japan Society in New York City and most recently as the Interim President of The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He also serves as an executive coach for the arts and education organizations.

From 1997 to 2003, Dr. Ellsworth was President and Chief Executive Officer of Endowments, a series of mutual funds offered exclusively to nonprofits with assets managed by Capital Research and Management Company, one of the Capital Group Companies. He also coordinated the non-profit and foundation business for Capital.

Dr. Ellsworth has co-edited with Joe Lumarda two highly regarded books on foundation management and issues: From Grantmaker to Leader: Emerging Strategies for 21st Century Foundations and Foundation Management: Innovation and Responsibility at Home and Abroad. He also collects Japanese prints ranging from ukiyo-e to contemporary prints.

Dr. Ellsworth’s academic career combined teaching and administrative management at academic institutions throughout the United States including Penn State University, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Chicago and The Claremont Colleges. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Division of Social Sciences, in 1976. He has published and lectured on topics ranging from legal history, classical and Eastern philosophy, liberation theology, art history, fiduciary responsibilities for nonprofits and foundations and the joys of print collecting. Dr. Ellsworth’s current research is on major images of pop art: Japan and the United States in the 1960s.

Active in community affairs, Dr. Ellsworth also serves on the board of Southwestern University School of Law. In Canada, he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Global Partners, a non-profit organization founded in Japan.