Leading the Way

Leading the Way

Pinterest’s Chief Content Officer, Malik Ducard ’91, named Pomfret’s 2024 Commencement Speaker.

Malik Ducard ’91, a leader in the creator economy, has been chosen to deliver Pomfret’s 2024 Commencement Address. For more than a decade, Ducard has collaborated with digital creators and storytellers. His tenure at YouTube, spanning nearly ten years, and his recent appointment as Pinterest’s first chief content officer in 2021 are just a few of his remarkable achievements.

At Pinterest, Ducard is responsible for developing content strategy, shaping creator vision, and building relationships with the creator community. He has inspired creators by establishing the Creator Inclusion Fund to uplift disproportionately underrepresented communities. 

Overseeing creator funds was also Ducard’s responsibility during his decade at YouTube. As vice president of content partnerships, he led the development of some of the platform’s key corporate responsibility and public interest partnership efforts around learning, social impact, kids and family, health, human rights, and racial justice. He also helped to shepherd YouTube’s response to rapidly evolving challenges, ranging from Covid-19 to kids' privacy, and created the Black Voices Fund.

From his humble beginnings in the Bronx, New York, Ducard found his way to Pomfret through the A Better Choice Program. On the Hilltop, he discovered his passion for visual design and composition. He spent countless hours in the darkroom processing photographs and the woodshop crafting stools and humanoid figures. 

After graduating from Pomfret, Ducard earned his BA from Columbia University and his MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management. He worked in advertising at Young & Rubicam and in film development, acquisition, and distribution at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Lionsgate Entertainment, and Paramount Pictures — serving as a vice president at all three companies.   

Ducard sat on Pomfret’s Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2019. He currently serves as president of Two Bit Circus Foundation and on the boards of Inner-City Arts and Game Changer. Throughout his career, he has received many awards and accolades, including Pomfret’s 2011 Alumni Association Achievement Medal and the Jessie Redmon Fauset Award for Best Children's Book for his book Henry’s Big Win

The 130th Commencement of Pomfret School will be held on Sunday, May 26, at 11:00 a.m. on the Clark Chapel Lawn. The ceremony will be followed by a luncheon in the dining hall, beginning at 12:30 p.m. 

Learn more and register for Commencement here.

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