Urban One Honors (2021)

Source: TV One / Urban One Honors

Kim R. Ford serves as President and CEO of Martha’s Table. In her role, she oversees the execution of the organization’s mission – to support strong children, strong families, and strong communities. Every day, Martha’s Table stands alongside Washingtonians by operating nationally accredited education programs beginning at birth, fighting for food justice and increasing access to healthy meals and fresh produce for over 20,000 residents, and promoting family success through a no-cost community store and engagement programs.

Ford previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Ford provided leadership, direction, and management on over $2 billion dollars in career and technical education, adult education, correctional and re-entry education and community college initiatives, which collectively serve over 25 million students annually.

Previously, Ford served as the Dean of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning at the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC). She promoted an environment of student success focused on building community, instituting feedback loops and helping students transition into higher levels of education and careers.

Prior to joining UDC-CC, Ford served in the Obama Administration’s Recovery Implementation Office, which was responsible for implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. She directed working relationships between the Office of the Vice President and eight federal agencies on over $350 billion dollars of Recovery Act programs.

Ford holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.