Carla Hills

Carla A. Hills
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Retired Trustee

TERM AS TRUSTEE:
March 24, 1982 through June 2019

BIOGRAPHY:
Carla Hills is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hills & Company International Consultants which provides advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad.

Ambassador Hills served in the cabinets of President George H.W. Bush as United States Trade Representative and of President Gerald R. Ford as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She also served as Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in the Ford Administration.

Ambassador Hills has served on the boards of a number of Fortune 500 companies and currently serves on the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan Chase and the Starr Companies Advisory Board. She is also actively involved with a number of eleemosynary organizations, serving as Chair of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; Co-Chair Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Inter-American Dialogue, member of the Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Honorary Board member of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Member of the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission, and Member of the President of Yale’s Council on International Activities.

Before entering government, Mrs. Hills co-founded and was partner of a Los Angeles law firm. She served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School, teaching antitrust law.

She graduated from Stanford University, attended Oxford University’s St. Hilda’s College, and obtained her law degree from the Yale Law School. She holds a number of honorary degrees, including the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor given by the Mexican government to a non-citizen. She lives in Washington, D.C.

GERALD R. FORD ORAL HISTORY PROJECT:
Read Oral History Interview with Carla Hills

FOUNDATION REMARKS:
Remarks at 2017 William E. Simon Lecture on Public Affairs
(remarks begin at 04:55 of video)
 

On March 10, 1975 Carla A. Hills was sworn in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the East Room of the White House by Justice Byron White. She was joined by President Gerald R. Ford (left) and Roderick Hills (right). (Photo Courtesy of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library)

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