History and Leadership

History and Leadership


In 1951, UPS founder Jim Casey created the 1907 Foundation, named after the year the company was founded, to formalize its philanthropic efforts. Renamed in 1976, The UPS Foundation serves as UPS's charitable arm and leads the company's corporate citizenship efforts.

Our Focus Areas 

Each step of the way, over our more than 60 year history, we have embraced new thinking, tackled tough issues and created a unique approach to global corporate citizenship. 

The UPS Foundation has evolved our philanthropic giving to meet the changing needs of our communities. We have addressed a variety of issues over the years - including an early focus on health care and education, and in later years a focus on hunger relief, literacy and volunteerism. 

Today, our approach to philanthropy is centered of four pillars that are directly aligned with UPS's business goals: Diversity, Environment, Community Safety and Volunteerism. 

Our Leadership 

The staff of The Foundation reflects has a wide range of experience from across the company.  

  • Eduardo Martinez, President, The UPS Foundation
  • Frank Romeo, Vice President, Foundation Programs and Corporate Relations
  • Jerald Barnes, Manager, Local Grants
  • La'Kerri Ferebee, Supervisor, Corporate Relations
  • Janice Johnson, Director, Employee Engagement
  • Lisa Lynn, Director, Corporate Relations
  • Joe Ruiz, Director, Humanitarian Relief
  • Laura Johns, Manager, Corporate Grants

The UPS Foundation Foundation is a separate legal entity from UPS with tax-exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) IRS tax code. Funding for the Foundation is provided by annual contributions from the company's profits.

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees meets quarterly to review programs, approve investments and provide strategic direction. Members of The Foundation’s Board of Trustees also serve on the UPS Management Committee. They are:

  • Alan Gershenhorn

    Alan Gershenhorn

    Alan Gershenhorn, Chief Sales, Marketing and Strategy Officer

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  • Teri McClure

    Teri McClure

    Teri Plummer McClure, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary.

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  • D. Scott Davis

    D. Scott Davis

    D. Scott Davis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

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  • David Abney

    David Abney

    David Abney, Chief Operating Officer.

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  • Kurt Kuehn

    Kurt Kuehn

    Kurt Kuehn, Chief Financial Officer.

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  • Dan Brutto

    Dan Brutto

    Dan Brutto, President, UPS International

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Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation

Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation

The UPS Foundation leads the Corporate Citizenship initiatives for UPS. As President, Ed Martinez is responsible for the operations and management of its global philanthropic, employee engagement and corporate relations programs.

Mr. Martinez joined UPS in 1976 as a package handler in UPS’s South Florida operation where he subsequently entered the management ranks within operations and the Industrial Engineering functions. Martinez later held senior management positions in the areas of Corporate Accounting and Finance, Risk Management, and Acquisitions. In these capacities, he also served UPS’s subsidiaries and International Region.

Martinez served as corporate counsel in the UPS Legal Department until 2007, where his practice included commercial transactions, intellectual property and information technology matters, as well as civil litigation.

Prior to assuming the position as President, he served as Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations for The UPS Foundation.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Martinez serves as Vice-Chairperson and represents UPS on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Disaster Management and serves as Chairperson of its’ Logistics Emergency Team. He currently serves as a board member with the Foundation for Independent Higher Education’s UPS National Venture Fund. He is also a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for The National Council of La Raza organization as well as corporate liaison to the Points of Light Institutes’ Service Council.  He also serves as the Chair of the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a member of the board for The Metro Atlanta YMCA and sits on the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) Global Corporate Volunteer Council.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Martinez emigrated to the United States with his family in 1960. He has lived in Atlanta since 1992, with his wife and three children.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Miami, Florida and a Juris Doctor degree from the Nova Southeastern University Law School. A member of the American Bar Association, Martinez is also a member of the Florida Bar and the Hispanic National Bar Association.