Franklin A. Thomas

Franklin A. Thomas’s career spanned many civic roles, from assistant U.S. attorney to president and CEO of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. In 1979, he was named president of the Ford Foundation, where he served until 1996. The author of An Unplanned Life (The New Press), he lived in New York City until his death in 2021.

News and Reviews

Washington Post

Read a review of Franklin Thomas’s memoir, An Unplanned Life, in the Washington Post.

Book Excerpt

Read an excerpt from An Unplanned Life to learn more about Franklin Thomas’s tenure as the president of the Ford Foundation.

Library Journal

Read a starred review of An Unplanned Life in Library Journal.

Books by Franklin A. Thomas

An Unplanned Life
A Memoir

Franklin A. Thomas