Andrew Ford
Senior Associate, Education & Community Change 

Why Arkansas: Arkansas is a state with a legacy of progressive policymaking and residents committed to action.

One word to describe Moving the Needle: Vision

I chose philanthropy because:I have a personal mission to make a difference for vulnerable children and families in my home state. Philanthropy gives me that opportunity every day.

My Best Time of Day: I’m most productive and energized at 10 a.m., which is also around the time I finish my second cup of coffee.

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As senior associate for education and community change at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF), Andrew 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, Andrew was a grant writer for Southern Bancorp, one of the nation’s largest rural development banks. During his tenure at Southern, Andrew 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.

Andrew currently serves on the Rural LISC Advisory Committee and the Ouachita Baptist University Young Alumni Board. Andrew earned his BA in Business Administration and Political Science from Ouachita Baptist University and MS in Community and Economic Development from the University of Central Arkansas.

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