The Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public Service has created “Equity Talks,” a series of short informal conversations with local community leaders sharing different perspectives on equity throughout Arkansas.
The first person interviewed for this series is Andrew Ford, Economic Equity Officer at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.
“I’m responsible for leading our economic equity work to ensure that all Arkansans have the opportunity to participate in a thriving economy, build generational wealth, and have a living wage,” Ford said.
Ford is responsible for managing the Foundation’s education and place-based grantmaking in alignment with the Moving the Needle goals to increase educational attainment and strengthen communities.
Prior to joining WRF in July 2012, Ford was a grant writer for Southern Bancorp, one of the nation’s largest rural development banks. During his tenure at Southern, Ford helped leverage public and private resources for distressed rural communities across the Delta region and southern Arkansas. In 2014, he was selected as a Hull Fellow with the Southeastern Council of Foundations.
Ford currently serves on the Rural LISC Advisory Committee and the Ouachita Baptist University Young Alumni Board. Ford earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science from Ouachita Baptist University and master’s degree in community and economic development from the University of Central Arkansas.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.