David Ford

Former Executive Director at Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

From April 2002 until January 2011, David Ford worked at the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation as Executive Director. The Foundation focuses on medical research, youth development and poverty alleviation, and contributes about $11 million per year primarily in the Boston area. Organizational capacity building is an overarching theme of the Foundation. For four years prior to joining the Smith Family Foundation, Mr. Ford was President of the Lucent Technologies Foundation and head of the Corporation’s community affairs program. From 1988-1998, Mr. Ford was President of the Chase Manhattan Foundation which provided grants to several thousand nonprofit organizations around the world.

Previously, Mr. Ford was Director of the Center for Human Resources at Rutgers University for nine years, provided philanthropic consulting services to a number of private foundations and corporations, was Deputy Director of the Bergen County, NJ Community Action Program and Director of the Upper Passaic County, NJ Head Start Program, and taught English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (while in VISTA).

In late February 2012, David left New England and drove to Belize, Central America, where he is now living. David is also very involved in volunteering for the Seine Bight Cultural and Community Center and the Seine Bight Artists’ Cooperative.

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