CEO, JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION, MIAMI
Ibargüen was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in New Jersey. He has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania after serving in the Peace Corps in Venezuela. He worked for several years as a legal aid lawyer in Connecticut and held executive positions for Times Mirror Co. (now Tribune) and Newsday before becoming publisher of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. He’s been CEO of the Knight Foundation since 2005.
The Knight Foundation invests in journalism and the arts with the goal of fostering informed and engaged communities. It focuses its journalism investments on technology, local news and training and leadership development. In Miami, the foundation has invested in major events, including Black Tech Week, 500 Startups Miami and Girls Who Code.
Ibargüen has served on the boards of PBS, the Newseum and other arts, education, civic and journalism organizations, including the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts.