Dr. Michael D. Layton is one of the foremost experts on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in Mexico. He currently serves as a Senior Program Specialist for the Inter-American Foundation and Senior Research Fellow with Alternativas y Capacidades, A.C. where he is lead researcher for Mexico’s contribution to the Global Philanthropy Report, a project of the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he is an independent consultant and researcher, and some of his clients have included: the Nature Conservancy; the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); and, the Ford Foundation.
Prior to this, Layton was an associate professor of International Relations at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, where his achievements include: creating the Project on Philanthropy and Civil Society; developing Mexico’s first national survey on giving and volunteering (ENAFI); facilitating the work of a inter-sectoral working group on fiscal policy for nonprofits; participating in the creation of fondosalavista.mx, Mexico’s premier transparency website for foundations and nonprofits; and, establishing the Seminar on Social Investment at the ITAM, for which he still serves as the academic coordinator.
He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on the nonprofit sector in Mexico and Latin America, and had an appointment as a Visiting Scholar in the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California. He earned a masters and a doctorate in political science from Duke University (1993, 1997), and he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Haverford College (1982). He is originally from the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended Central High School.